Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid

Qualitative Standard:

Students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students enrolled in graduate degree programs and the Accounting graduate certificate must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Quantitative Standard:

A student must have successfully completed at least 67 percent of all the credits he or she has attempted at Southern New Hampshire University during the entire period of enrollment. Total credits earned divided by total credits attempted equals the percentage.

To ensure pace towards program completion, each program within our university has a defined number of credit hours required for completion. Students must complete their program within 150% of the published credits which is defined as the maximum timeframe. All credits attempted will count towards this timeframe.

For example, if the program requirements are 120 credits, then the student must satisfy all requirements of his/her program without having to attempt more than 180 credits.

  • Academic progress will be determined by One Stop based upon the information contained on the student’s academic transcript as of the date of the review.  A student must meet both of the following standards in order to continue to receive financial assistance. All grades earned will count toward cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) except for remedial courses.

Coursework in Satisfactory Academic Progress Calculation:

Credits attempted are those for which the student has enrolled as of the end of the add/drop or standard registration period.

Successful completion is defined as the assignment of a passing grade to the courses attempted and equates to the number of credits earned.  Failure, withdrawal, incomplete or other designations to the courses attempted are not considered successful completion.

  • Dropped coursework:
    • In the Satisfactory Academic Progress calculation are considered to not be credits attempted and not earned.
  • Repeated coursework:
    • Previously passed courses can be repeated once and be eligible for financial aid. Failed courses that are repeated will be counted in the calculation of credits attempted.
    • Calculation of Satisfactory Academic Progress Grade Point Average (GPA) will follow the method used by SNHU to calculate academic GPA, specifically with reference to repeating of the same course to improve a grade. The first course grade will not be computed into the total grade-point average instead, the most recent grade will be used. Multiple course attempts do, however, count towards the number of credits attempted used to calculate a student’s completion rate.
  • Withdrawals:
    • In the Satisfactory Academic Progress calculation are considered to be credits attempted but not earned
  • Incompletes:
    • In the Satisfactory Academic Progress calculation are considered to be credits attempted but not earned until the course is completed and the student receives a passing grade.
  • Transfer credits from other schools:
    • In the Satisfactory Academic Progress calculation are considered to be credits attempted and completed toward the completion of the student’s program and counted toward the max time frame.

Frequency of Reviews for Satisfactory Academic Progress:

SAP review will include all terms of the student’s attendance (including summer terms).

  • Undergraduate day students will be reviewed annually at the end of the Spring term.
  • Undergraduate online students will be reviewed annually every 5th EW term.
  • Graduate online students will be reviewed annually every 4th TW term.
  • Graduate students enrolled only in the Accounting graduate certificate will be reviewed at the end of each term.
  • Advantage and EDD students will be reviewed annually at the end of the EL3 term.
  • MFA students will be reviewed annually at the end of the 2nd SIX term.
  • PCMH and CED students will be reviewed annually at the end of the 3rd SW term.
  • Doctorial students in International Business will be reviewed annually at the end of the Spring term

Enforcement:

  • Financial Aid Warning: Students enrolled only in the Accounting graduate certificate are placed on financial aid warning for the subsequent term only who fail to make satisfactory academic progress upon review. The student’s eligibility for aid is considered to be reinstated.
  • Financial Aid Suspension: Failure to meet either the qualitative or quantitative standard will result in the student being placed on financial aid suspension until the next evaluation period.  The student will not be allowed to receive financial aid when they have been placed on Financial Aid suspension. Students may also continue to take coursework without the use of financial assistance until eligibility is reinstated by achieving the required SAP standards.
  • Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal: Students who have been placed on Financial Aid suspension (unsatisfactory status) will be allowed to appeal their suspension. The appeal must include the following to be considered:
    • Reason why they failed to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
    • What has/will change that will allow the student to make Satisfactory Academic Progress at the next evaluation period?
    • As appropriate, an academic plan developed and in place with their academic advisor and signed by the student.
  • Financial Aid Probation: Students who have been initially placed on Financial Aid suspension, who have an approved appeal are placed on SAP probation. Student’s eligibility for Title IV aid would be reinstated.
  • Financial Aid Appeal Approval: 
    • Student has an academic plan in place that will ensure they are able to meet SAP standards by a specific point in time.
    • Students on approved academic plans will be reviewed after each term to ensure progress and achievement of the agreed terms and conditions of their academic plan. Students who are not meeting their requirements will be suspended and all current and future aid will be canceled immediately, regardless of current enrollment. Students who are suspended as part of this process may appeal this decision.