Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Recipients

The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions of higher education to establish minimum standards of satisfactory academic progress for students receiving Federal aid. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) means the student is proceeding in a positive manner toward fulfilling degree requirements. SAP includes two standards; qualitative and quantitative. Students must meet both standards to continue receiving financial aid.

In order to maintain eligibility for financial aid with the qualitative standard, a student must maintain the academic standing necessary to proceed.

Qualitative

Student studies may be terminated by the University if they have not made sufficient academic progress to warrant continuance of study. Students who fail to maintain sufficient academic progress may be required to discontinue study. This procedure sets out the process for appeals against exclusion.

Students who are re-admitted to the program may be issued a one-time waiver to continue receiving financial aid. The details are specified below.

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/staffnet/teaching/student-progress.php

Quantitative

Credit requirements and degree durations are specified in the Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study:

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/registry/calendar/generalregulations.php

Scheduled awards for the next academic year for students who are not making Satisfactory Academic Progress will be cancelled.

Financial aid will be disbursed on the first day of each semester. Students who withdraw after that will have their eligibility to retain part of their financial aid calculated on the percentage of the semester attended. Students who attend more than 60% of the term may retain all of their aid. See the section on Return to Title IV (R2T4).