To be eligible and continue to receive Federal Student Aid (FSA) on an annual basis, students must make satisfactory academic progress toward achieving and completing their program of study through measurement of qualitative (grade-based) and quantitative (time-based) standards.
A student must have successfully completed at least 67 percent of all the credits or competencies he or she has attempted at Southern New Hampshire University during the entire period of enrollment. This is calculated by dividing the total credits earned by the total credits attempted.
To ensure pace towards program completion, each program within the 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 or competencies, then the student must satisfy all requirements of his/her program without having to attempt more than 180 credits or 180 competencies.
Attempted credits are credits that a student has enrolled in as of the end of the add/drop or standard registration period.
Attempted competencies are competencies that a student has engaged in during the term regardless of the outcome.
Successfully completed credits completed are defined through the assignment of a passing grade to the courses attempted and equates to the number of credits earned. An IP grade is defined as 'in progress satisfactory' and is counted as successfully completed credits. Other successful grading includes: MA-Master, P-Passing, S-Satisfactory, and CR-Credit.
Unsuccessfully completed credits are defined through the assignment of a grade that constitute failure and non-earned credits which includes: F-Fail, U-Unsatisfactory, UF-Unearned F, and IF-Incomplete Fail.
Successfully completed competencies completed are defined through the assignment of a Mastery (MA) grade.
Unsuccessfully completed competencies are defined through the assignment of a Non-Mastery (NM) grade.
Incompletes are credits attempted but not earned until the course is completed by receiving a passing grade.
Repeated coursework is counted in the calculation as credits attempted for failures and grade improvement. Previously passed courses can be repeated once and be eligible for federal financial aid. 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.
Developmental coursework will be counted as attempted credits and completed credits if successfully completed.
Audits are not attempted credits and not earned credits.
Transfer credits are considered to be credits attempted and completed toward the completion of the student's program and counted toward the maximum time frame.
Academic progress will be determined by Student Financial Services based upon the information contained on the student's academic record as of the date of the review. A student must meet both the qualitative and quantitative standards in order to be eligible and continue to receive federal financial aid. Academic reviews will include all terms of the student's attendance (including summer terms) and will coincide with the end of a payment period. Annual reviews with always occur within 52 calendar weeks.
The payment period is the academic period established for which financial aid is awarded and disbursed. It is not always aligned with the registration and billing period for a program. Students are encouraged to learn and understand their program's payment period definition.
Satisfactory academic progress reviews result in a status for Title IV eligibility. One of the following results will occur upon an academic review for satisfactory academic progress:
Students who are on financial aid suspension can:
Students are encouraged to work with their advisors to submit their appeal as soon as possible. Students cannot appeal a financial aid suspension due to reaching the maximum timeframe to obtain a degree. This appeal must include the following criteria to be considered:
Appeals are reviewed and decided upon through a committee. Students will be notified of their appeal decision through Student Financial Services. Students who have an appeal approved will have their status updated to financial aid probation.
Students on approved academic plans will be reviewed after each payment period or academic term to ensure progress and achievement of the agreed terms and conditions of their academic plan. Students who are not meeting their requirements will have their Title IV eligibility 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.