Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

To administer federal financial aid from any federal programs as an eligible university, 34.CFR 600, and 34 CFR 668 Standards for Participation in Title IV, HEA Programs, Bethune-Cookman University, as a condition for participation in federal student aid programs must establish and maintain a satisfactory academic progress (SAP) policy that satisfy grade-based and time-based requirements.

These requirements apply to all students as one determinant of eligibility for financial aid and include three components:

  • GPA
  • Pace
  • Maximum Time

Your SAP status is calculated using your entire academic record from all schools attended, even if you did not receive financial aid. This includes dual-enrollment credits from high school.

  • Newly admitted transfer students, your SAP status is calculated based on final academic transcript(s) from all schools attended, which may result in warning or ineligible status.
  • Newly admitted graduate students have SAP status determined based on previous graduate/professional credits.
  • If your SAP status is ineligible, you may not qualify for a tuition deferment and must pay by the payment deadline (end of drop/add period), or your registration will be cancelled.

SAP is calculated each semester after grades have been recorded in academic history by the Registrar.

  • An e-mail notice is sent when you lose eligibility, but it may be close to the start of the next semester.
  • A good time for you to check your status is one week after the last day of final exams.