Office of Financial Aid

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Financial Aid Recipients

Federal regulations require all schools monitor the academic progress of each financial aid applicant/recipient. Eligibility for all federal student financial aid programs is dependent on meeting satisfactory academic progress standards (SAP). Schools must certify that the student is making satisfactory academic progress toward earning their degree. This determination must be made before funds for the subsequent semester are disbursed. The following constitutes Scripps College’s policy on satisfactory academic progress.

Maximum time frame to earn the degree for federal financial aid recipients

The maximum time frame to earn a degree and receive financial aid cannot exceed 150% of the published length of the program.  Since 32 courses are required to graduate from Scripps College, the maximum time frame  is 48 attempted courses (32 X 150% = 48). Students forfeit their eligibility to participate in financial aid programs after 48 courses (including attempted courses) whether or not they have earned their degree.

Quantitative Standard (Number of courses attempted and completed) for financial aid recipients:

The quantitative requirement is the academic pace at which a student must progress through the educational program to ensure completion within the required time frame,

To meet satisfactory academic progress a student must complete:

  • minimum of six courses by the end of two semesters,
  • 14 courses after four semesters,
  • 22 courses after six semesters,
  • and a total of 32 courses
Normal Completion to advance grade level Minimum completion % of normal completion
At end of two semesters 8 courses 6 courses 75%
At end of four semesters 16 courses 14 courses 87.5%
At end of six semesters 24 courses 22 courses 91.6%

A student is generally expected to complete four courses per semester to graduate in four years. Enrollment at less than four courses per term does not assure graduation within four years.

Qualitative Standards (Grade Based — the quality of your performance) for financial aid recipients:

The qualitative measurement requires a 2.00 cumulative GPA by the end of the second academic year (4 semesters).

Consequences of Failure to Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress

The student’s record is reviewed at the end of each semester to determine if the qualitative and quantitative standards are met.

A student who fails to meet the qualitative and/or quantitative standards will be assigned one of the following SAP Status designations.

Financial Aid Warning

A student is placed on “Financial Aid Warning” when they fail to achieve either the quantitative or qualitative standard. Students may receive financial aid for only ONE semester while in “warning” status. Students who fail to achieve SAP standards by the end of the Financial Aid Warning term are ineligible to receive further federal, state, or institutional financial aid.

Loss of Eligibility and the Right to Appeal

A student may appeal a financial aid suspension by submitting a written appeal to the Director of Financial Aid within 30 days of notification or after a semester begins (whichever comes first). An appeal is normally based on extenuating situations or conditions which prevented the student from meeting SAP standards.

Appeal Approval: An appeal will be approved if it is determined that the student will be able to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards by the end of the subsequent semester. An “academic plan” is required that will ensure the student is able to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards required to graduate in time.

A student whose appeal is approved will receive aid on a conditional basis for ONE semester. The student’s record is reviewed at the end of the semester to determine their status for the following semester.

Approval Denial: A student whose appeal is denied may be able to regain financial aid eligibility for future semesters by enrolling at Scripps without the benefit of federal, state, or institutional financial assistance and achieving SAP standards.

Financial Aid Probation

A student who successfully appeals their loss of financial aid eligibility will be placed on Financial Aid Probation

If the student meets the terms of probation, they are eligible for federal financial aid consideration for the next semester.  A student who does not meet the terms of financial aid probation will lose eligibility for all federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs.

Loss of Eligibility

A student who has lost SAP eligibility to participate in federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs may regain eligibility by enrolling at Scripps at their own expense and meeting SAP standards. The passage of time alone will not restore financial aid eligibility.

Students dismissed from Scripps for academic reasons but who are subsequently readmitted are not automatically eligible to participate in federal, state, or institutional aid programs and will be placed on financial aid warning. Please note that Admissions decisions are independent from funding decisions.