Satisfactory Academic Progress Policies require all students receiving federal, state, and/or institutional aid to meet and maintain specific academic standards. All forms of financial aid are affected by this policy except for some externally funded scholarships and some private alternative loans.
Your academic record, all transfer credits and all credits attempted while you are not receiving financial aid are subject to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. Your academic progress will be evaluated at the end of each semester during which you attend school, and it will be reviewed before any disbursement of financial aid funds for a new semester. Effective July 2011, financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy at Metropolitan State University of Denver is evaluated using four categories.
Students who are not meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy will not have their financial aid awards packaged until they have been approved on an appeal, even though they may have completed all other necessary requirements on their file.
You are considered to be in good standing during the first 130 credit hours of course work you attempt:
You will be placed on alert status, which will not affect your financial aid disbursement, if
You will be placed on SAP and will not be eligible to receive financial aid at MSU Denver for one or more of the following reasons:
You will be considered ineligible for financial aid, without the option to appeal, if
Students will not be offered financial aid if they have attempted 180 or more credits or if they are mathematically unable to graduate within the 180 credit limit.
For both of these appeals, students are required to submit a CAPP report to show successful completion of courses, as well as any remaining coursework. Also, the Office of Financial Aid will review course selection per semester to ensure that all courses attempted are pertinent to your selected degree program.
For both of these appeals, students are required to submit a CAPP report to show successful completion of courses, as well as any remaining coursework. Also, the financial aid office will review course selection per semester to ensure that all courses attempted are pertinent to your selected degree program.
If you are not making satisfactory academic progress, you have the right to submit a written appeal to our office. Appeals must be based on extenuating circumstances that prevent you from meeting the requirements of this policy. Extenuating circumstances can be defined as medical problems, a death in the immediate family, and/or extreme personal problems. Documentation of these circumstances must be submitted with the appeal. The appeal must also explain why the circumstances no longer exist and what you will do to ensure meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy in the future.
If you are a Freshman who has below a 2.0 cumulative GPA and below a 50% cumulative completion rate, you will be required to submit an Academic Plan (APLAN_) as well as a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal (SAPAP_). An academic plan must be done with an advisor in the office of Academic Advising. Academic Advising is located in the Student Success Building, Room 170. SAPAPs cannot be reviewed without the academic plan and vice versa.
There have been changes in our SAP appeal process, we will no longer be accepting on-line appeals. You can submit an appeal by dropping it off, mailing it, or faxing it. Please visit our office or our forms page to retrieve a SAPAP form to attach to your personal statement and supporting documentation.
The appeal will be reviewed by a financial aid counselor. You will be notified in writing via email of the result of the appeal. If the appeal is denied, you may submit additional documentation in writing to the Professional Judgment Committee.
If you have an appeal approved, you will be placed under financial aid probation for one semester. If you continue to complete 100% of your attempted credits with a term GPA of at least 2.25 during a semester on probation, you will not need to submit an appeal in order to receive financial aid for the following semester unless you have reached the overall 180 attempted credit limit.
If you are placed on academic suspension and have not registered for classes through the office of Student Academic Success (SSB 230, 303-556-4048) by the Friday before the first week of classes, your appeal will be denied.
Starting in Fall 2013, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will no longer package students who are not meeting SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress). Students on SAP will need to submit an appeal and have it approved before they will be awarded aid.
Your financial aid will likely be delayed the semester following your study abroad term. The Office of Financial Aid cannot calculate your satisfactory academic progress until your official academic transcript from the study abroad program has been received and reviewed by the University. All financial aid will be held until this transcript has been evaluated. You may submit an unofficial transcript to our office but that does not guarantee that we can update your status and release your financial aid.