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Policies & Regulations - Academic Progress Policy for Financial Aid

Undergraduate Satisfactory Academic Progress

What is a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy?

Federal financial aid regulations limit how long students can continue to receive financial aid. In order to keep your eligibility for financial aid, you must be making progress toward earning your degree. You can lose eligibility for aid if you are not doing well in your classes and/or if it is taking you a very long time to earn your degree. If you are not meeting the minimum standards, even if you are allowed by your academic dean to continue your enrollment, you will have to do so without benefit of financial aid.

What if there are special circumstances?

Every student has the right to appeal if you believe that you have special circumstances which have impacted your academic progress. Submit your appeal using the SAP Appeal Form (www.umaine.edu/stuaid/sap), along with the required supporting documentation, to the attention of the Chair of the Undergraduate Satisfactory Progress Appeal Committee, Office of Student Financial Aid, 5781 Wingate Hall, Orono, ME, 04469-5781. The Office of Student Financial Aid will cancel aid for any student who does not appeal, or for whom an appeal is denied. If you have questions about this policy, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

What is expected?

Your progress is measured once each academic year, normally at the end of the spring semester. If you are not making satisfactory progress, you will receive communication through your MaineStreet Message Center regarding the loss of your eligibility for further financial aid effective the following fall semester. You must meet the following expectations:

1. Quantitative Measure — Successful Completion of Credit Hours Attempted
As a matriculated student, you are required to successfully complete a specified percentage of the credits/hours that you attempt. The policy uses the following graduated scale:

Attempted Credit Hours Percentage Earned
0-24 50%
25-54 55%
55-84 62%
85+ 67%

2. Maximum Time Frame — Cumulative Credit Hour Limit
The maximum time frame allowed for you to complete your degree(s) is defined as 150% of the credits needed for your degree(s). Attempting more than 150% of the credits needed without completing your degree(s) will result in you failing to meet the academic progress standards. For example, if you enroll in a degree program that requires 120 credits, you can attempt up to 180 and remain in compliance with this policy. If more than 180 hours are attempted, the standards of the policy are no longer being met.

3. Qualitative Measure — Cumulative Grade Point Average
The academic standards against which your performance is measured are outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog. If you are placed on probation by your academic dean, you will continue to be eligible for aid. However, if you are placed under dismissal or suspension, you will not be eligible for financial aid until you are readmitted to a University of Maine degree program.

Repeatedly failing, withdrawing from or leaving courses will lead to loss of aid eligibility.

Graduate Satisfactory Academic Progress

What is a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy?

Federal financial aid regulations limit how long students can continue to receive financial aid. In order to keep your eligibility for financial aid, you must be making progress toward earning your degree. You can lose eligibility for aid if you are not doing well in your classes and/or if it is taking you a very long time to earn your degree. If you are not meeting the minimum standards, even if you are allowed by The Graduate School to continue your enrollment, you will have to do so without benefit of financial aid.

What if there are special circumstances?

Every student has the right to appeal if you believe that you have special circumstances which have impacted your academic progress. Submit your appeal using the SAP Appeal Form (www.umaine.edu/stuaid/sap), along with the required supporting documentation, to the attention of the Chair of the Graduate Satisfactory Progress Appeal Committee, Office of Student Financial Aid, 5781 Wingate Hall, Orono, ME, 04469-5781. The Office of Student Financial Aid will cancel aid for any student who does not appeal, or for whom an appeal is denied. If you have questions about this policy, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

What is expected?

Your progress is measured once each academic year, normally at the end of the spring semester. If you are not making satisfactory progress, you will receive communication through your MaineStreet Message Center regarding the loss of your eligibility for further financial aid effective the following fall semester. You must meet the following expectations:

1. Quantitative Measure — Successful Completion of Credit Hours Attempted
As a matriculated student, you are required to successfully complete a specified percentage of the credits/hours that you attempt. The policy uses the following graduated scale:

Attempted Credit Hours Percentage Earned
0-11 50%
12+ 75%

2. Maximum Time Frame
The Graduate School will monitor this aspect of SAP in accordance with established Graduate School policies. The maximum time frame allowed for you to complete your degree is defined as:

3. Qualitative Measure — Grade Requirements
The Graduate School will monitor this aspect of SAP in accordance with established Graduate School policies:

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