It measures your cumulative GPA, and progress toward your degree. If you don’t meet all the requirements, you aren’t making SAP. You then become ineligible to receive federal aid programs like Direct Loans and Graduate PLUS Loans.
If you have no interest in federal financial aid programs, then these requirements do not apply to you.
Credit hours that you have completed at another institution that are accepted at RIT will be counted as both attempted and completed credits. This does positively affect the calculation of your progress toward degree (Pace). However, the grades for transfer credits are not factored into the calculation of your cumulative GPA at RIT.
“I” grades are equivalent to “F” grades for SAP cumulative GPA calculations. The GPA calculations as reported by the Office of the Registrar at the conclusion of every semester/term will always be made with an “I” grade equaling a failing grade of 0.00. The GPA calculations on your academic transcript however are not calculated with “I” grades being equivalent to “F” grades and the “I” grades have no impact on the GPA calculations. Because of this, your cumulative GPAs on your academic transcript will always be higher than what is indicated on the SAP reports from the Registrar’s Office.
In the calculation of your progress toward degree (Pace), the credit hours associated with the course for which you have an “I” grade are counted as attempted credit hours. Because the “I” grade is equivalent to an “F” grade and no credit is earned for “F” grades, these same credit hours do not count as completed credit hours.
RIT’s policy on repeating a course is that the last grade will stand as final even if the last grade is lower than the grade previously earned. Accordingly, the last grade earned will affect the calculation of your cumulative GPA for the semester/term in which the last grade was earned. The credit hours the repeated course is worth are again counted as attempted credit hours. They will be counted as completed credits only if the last grade earned is a passing grade.
The last grade earned does not impact the SAP status assigned for the semester/term the class was previously taken.
“W” grades, assigned to courses you have withdrawn from past the add/drop period, carry no credit and do not affect your SAP cumulative GPA calculations. However, “W” grades can possibly impact your SAP progress toward degree (Pace) and might also affect the maximum timeframe because the credit hours associated with the courses you withdrew from are counted as attempted credit hours and they do not count as completed credit hours.
Review a copy of your unofficial transcript. Look at your most recently completed semester. It shows your cumulative GPA, your total credits attempted, and total credits completed. Compare your transcript to the requirements above. You can also contact your primary academic advisor.
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (OFAS) monitors Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress at the conclusion of every semester/term (summer/fall/spring) using information received from the Office of the Registrar. The OFAS will only notify you if you aren’t meeting SAP requirements or if it is unable to determine your SAP status.
As a graduate student, your eligibility for federal financial aid loan programs is affected. Other aid programs like state grants have their own rules. Scholarships and grants funded by RIT are not typically impacted.
NTID sponsored aid programs are determined by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), but if you are not meeting SAP requirements you may not be eligible for NTID scholarships and grants.
If you have good reasons for not making SAP and can demonstrate those reasons will not happen again, you may request Federal Financial Aid Probation so that you can continue to receive federal aid while you work toward regaining SAP. You need to work with your primary academic advisor or program chair to develop a Federal SAP Action Plan that outlines the number of semesters it will take you to meet SAP requirements.
Meet with the designated Program SAP Contact to create a Federal SAP Action Plan. This tells us what you will achieve academically to meet SAP requirements. Use the SAP Contact Listto find your find your contact.
Submit your Request for Financial Aid Probation and your Federal SAP Action Plan to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at the same time.
If you are applying for Federal Financial Aid Probation for a fall or spring semester, all required documents must be submitted no later than the start of the fifth week of the semester. If you are applying for Federal Financial Aid Probation for a summer term, all required documents must be submitted no later than the start of the third week of the full summer term.
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships notifies you of the decision. If approved, you will need to meet the conditions outlined in the Federal SAP Action Plan to continue to be eligible for federal financial aid. If you do not meet the conditions, or if your request is not approved, then you are not eligible to receive federal aid again until you meet SAP requirements or are allowed to appeal again.
A graduate student is allowed one approved probation, lasting no longer than two consecutive semesters.
These are cumulative. For example, if you used a Federal Financial Aid Probation while pursuing a graduate degree at RIT but transfer into another RIT graduate degree program you would not have any remaining probation opportunities while attending RIT as a graduate student.