Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
York College is required to monitor whether or not a student is maintaining Title IV Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in their course of study, compliant with federal and state regulations. Students who have been denied federal and/or state aid because they have not met the requirements of the SAP policy are offered the opportunity to submit an appeal to be considered for a financial aid probationary status.
- In some cases, a student’s failure to be in compliance with SAP is due to unforeseen events beyond the student’s control. If such extenuating circumstances can be documented for the specific semester(s) when the deficiencies occurred, the student may initiate the appeal process.
- Completion of this process does not guarantee the reinstatement of financial aid eligibility. Students are responsible for payment of tuition regardless of their financial aid status. It is also the student's responsibility to be aware of all York College registration and payment deadlines.
- In order to be considered for full financial aid eligibility after failing to meet SAP, a student must submit an appeal. The mere passage of time will not be sufficient enough for a student to regain financial aid eligibility.
- The SAP Committee will meet at regularly scheduled times to consider SAP appeals. After the SAP Committee has rendered a decision, students will be officially notified via their York College email accounts and through CUNYfirst's Student Forms System.
- There are three general reasons as to why students fail Satisfactory Academic Progress and can lose their financial aid: Qualitative Standard: Cumulative GPA, Quantitative Standard: Pace of Progression, Maximum Time Frame
Qualitative Standard: Cumulative GPA
The minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) required based on total credits attempted. (Undergraduate and graduate students have different standards.)
Undergraduate Qualitative Standards
|Credits Attempted||0.5 to 12||13 to 24||>25|
|Minimum Cumulative GPA||1.50||1.75||2.00|
Graduate Qualitative Standards
|Minimum Cumulative GPA||3.0|
Quantitative Standard: Pace of Progression
Measure of pace of progress. Students are required to complete a percentage of the total credits they attempt. (Undergraduate and graduate quantitative standards are different.)
Undergraduate Quantitative Standards
|Credits Attempted||0.5 to 24.999||25 to 30.999||31 to 36.999||37 to 45.999||46 to 48.999||49 to 60.999||61 to 72.999||73 to 94.999||95 to 120.999|
|Percent % Earned||0% or more||15% or more||25% or more||35% or more||40% or more||45% or more||50 % or more||55% or more||60% or more|
121 to 129.999
|130 to 138.999||139 to 150.999||151 to 151.999||152 to 156.999||157 to 164.999||165 to 180.999||>181|
|Percent % Earned||61% or more||62% or more||63% or more||64% or more||65% or more||66% or more||66.69% or more||100% or more|
Graduate Quantitative Standards
Graduate students must earn two-thirds of the credit hours that they attempt.
Maximum Time Frame
Students may not attempt more than 150 percent of the credits required for the degree they are seeking.
SAP Appeal Application Process
Students will be notified via CUNYfirst and York College email that they are no longer eligible for financial aid and have failed to meet SAP requirements. Students must have the following completed and submitted to the Student Forms System in order to have a complete SAP Appeal Application
- SAP Appeal Form including and containing a well-written personal statement
- Academic Plan of Action - Signed by an Advisor
- Documentation to support your extenuating circumstance/ extreme situation
SAP Appeal Form
This application can be found by following a series of steps:
- Log in to CUNYfirst, and go to the "To Do List" on the right side of the page
- Click on the service indicator titled "Financial Aid Progress Issue"
- An informational window, that explains the SAP Process, should pop up containing the "Student Forms" hyperlink
- Click on the "Student Forms" hyperlink
- This will leads to another pop-up tab where students will be prompted to either login or first-time users, create an account
- To login to Student Forms, it will ask for a verification code that will be sent to a phone/email
- Once successfully logged in, the form will already be pre-generated with the student name at the top of the page
- At the bottom of the SAP Appeal Form, the student will be able to type a personal statement explaining the extenuating circumstance/ extreme situation that led them to fail to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress for the semester in question
- The student must also sign the bottom of the SAP Appeal Form
- Submit the SAP Appeal Form to Student Forms System
Academic Plan of Action
- The Academic Plan should be filled out by the student and the Advisor together
- Both the student and the Advisor must sign the form
- The form can be found on the Financial Aids Website here: Academic Plan of Action
Students must submit documentation to support the claim in their personal statement of extenuating circumstances/ extreme situations during the semester in question. Documentation can consist of:
- Evidence of personal illness (physician’s statement, hospital records, etc.) involving hospitalization or extended confinement
- Evidence of death of an immediate family member (copy of death certificate required) of an immediate family member (mother, father, child, sibling, grandparent)
- Evidence of illness of an immediate family member of which you were the primary caretaker requiring your absence from classes for an extended period of time (must include a statement from a physician, social worker, etc. indicating your primary caretaking role with dates)
- Evidence of an emotionally disabling condition that prevented you from attending classes (must include a statement from a licensed physician, psychologist, social worker, etc.)
- Evidence of military duty (deployment orders)
- Evidence of involvement with social agencies; government entities; incarceration; or similar reasons that prevented you from attending classes (official documents with dates)
- Evidence of birth of your child during the semester (birth certificate)
- Evidence of any other extenuating circumstances/ extreme circumstances (eviction notice, divorce papers, police reports, etc.). (official documents with dates)
If you have any questions please reach out to the Office of Student Academic Services at email@example.com
* (Please note; All students who submit their appeal after the stated deadline will not be reviewed by the committee, and will not be eligible to recieve financial aid for the term)