Federal law establishes that all students must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward their degree to remain eligible for financial aid.  Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Michigan – Flint must meet the following requirements.

Undergraduate Student

  1. Students may receive financial aid for the first 180 attempted credits as an undergraduate.
    • Transfer students will be evaluated by adding their transfer credits to their attempted undergraduate credits, allowing them to receive aid for the balance of the 180 credits.
    • Students seeking a second undergraduate degree or teaching certificate are eligible to receive financial aid for 90 attempted credits.
  2. Students must receive a passing grade in at least 67% of their overall credits in which they attempt on a cumulative basis, including transfer credits.
  3. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 by the end of their second academic year. GPA standards will be monitored and enforced as described in the Catalog regarding academic policies on academic standing as prescribed by their school or college within the University of Michigan – Flint.

Graduate Student

  1. Students may receive financial aid for the first 59 attempted credits for each degree as a graduate.

    • Transfer students will be evaluated by adding their transfer credits to their attempted credits, allowing them to receive aid for the balance of the 59 credits.
    • Students enrolled in programs with significantly higher degree requirements may receive financial aid for 150% of the required credits of each program.
  2. Students must receive a passing grade in at least 67% of their overall credits in which they attempt on a cumulative basis, including transfer credits.
  3. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.  This standard will be monitored and enforced as described in the Catalog regarding academic policies on academic standing. 

 

Monitoring SAP & Written Notification to Students

  • The Office of Financial Aid will monitor SAP at the end of each semester including Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.
  • Written notification will be sent to students placed on Financial Aid Warning, Financial Aid Probation, Financial Aid Termination, and Financial Aid Reinstatement if making SAP status.
  • In cases where the academic plan is required, the Office of Financial Aid will monitor academic plans and provide a measurement for each student’s pace based on the duration stated in each plan.

Attendance

The Department of Education has defined academic attendance to include academically-related activity such as:

  • Preparing and submitting an academic assignment;
  • Taking an examination;
  • Engaging in interactive computer-assisted instruction;
  • Participating in on-line discussion about academically related topics.

Merely logging into Blackboard does NOT constitute active participation unless one of the afore-mentioned can be demonstrated. 

 

Attempted Credits

  • Attempted credits include the following, taken at the University of Michigan-Flint:
    • Successfully completed (with passing grades)
    • Non-passing grades (i.e., N, F, E, I, *)
    • Repeated classes
    • Dropped credits after the add/drop period
    • Disenrollment from a semester on or after the first day of class that results in a W
    • Grades which are changed to a W through the Academic Standards appeal process
    • Transfer credits

Financial Aid Warning

Defined as any student not making SAP standards.  Student may receive aid for one semester while on Financial Aid Warning and no appeal is necessary.

  • Students who have not completed 67% of their overall attempted credits at the end of a semester.
  • Students with an Academic Standing of "Up or Out" due to a deficient GPA of less than 2.0.
  • Students completing zero or near zero attempted credits during the last semester attended at the University of Michigan-Flint.
  • The Financial Aid Warning period will consist of the next semester the student is enrolled in classes.
  • Students will continue to receive financial aid while on Financial Aid Warning.

Financial Aid Probation

Defined as any student not making SAP standards who has appealed, and eligibility for aid has been reinstated.  Aid may be received for one payment period only.  Students may be required to fulfill specific terms such as taking a reduced course load or enrolling in specific courses while on Financial Aid Probation.  If student cannot mathematically achieve SAP standards in one payment period then an academic plan will be required.

Academic Plan

Defined as stipulation placed on a student following an appeal that when followed will allow a student to achieve SAP standards in a prescribed amount of time.  Eligibility for aid has been reinstated and can be received as long as all conditions of the plan are met.

Financial Aid Termination

Defined as a student who is not making SAP standards and who either fails to appeal their status or has their SAP appeal denied.  Aid cannot be received while on this status.

  • Applies to your financial aid eligibility, not to your registration or academic standing. 
  • Under the following circumstances, students will be placed on Financial Aid Termination status and will be ineligible to receive future financial aid
    • Students who have not reached the required 67% completion rate by the end of the Financial Aid Warning period.
    • Students reaching the maximum attempted credits, 180 undergraduate or 59 graduate.
    • Students who fail to raise their GPA while on "Up or Out" for one semester.
    • Second degree and teacher certificate seeking students reaching the maximum attempted credits, 90 undergraduate.
    • Students academically dismissed due to poor academic performance as prescribed by their school or college within the University of Michigan – Flint.
    • Students completing zero or near zero attempted credits during 2 consecutive semesters.

Reinstating Financial Aid Eligibility

  • Students may regain eligibility by successfully achieving an overall completion rate of 67% or through a granted SAP appeal.
  • The status of students who have reached the required 67% completion rate or meet the required GPA will be changed to making SAP at the end of the warning period.

Appealing Termination of Financial Aid Eligibility

  • If special circumstances prevent students from meeting the 67% completion rate and/or graduating within the 180 undergraduate or 59 graduate allowable credits, the termination of eligibility may be appealed to the SAP Campus Liaison. 
  • An appeal reviewed by the Liaison does not guarantee reinstatement of financial aid. 
  • Appropriate circumstances include
    • serious medical illness or injury to the student
    • death of an immediate family member
    • other special circumstances
  • Appeal forms must be submitted with supporting documentation prior to or during the semester for which funds are needed.
  • Appeal forms submitted for a specific term will not be granted for that term if either of the following occur:
    • appeal form received after a student has stopped attending that term
    • if the student withdraws while waiting for an appeal decision during that term
  • As part of the appeal, information regarding why the student failed to make SAP, and what has changed in the student’s situation that will allow the student to demonstrate SAP at the next evaluation must be included.
  • All questions must be completed on the appeal form or it will be returned to the student.
  • Students appealing Financial Aid Termination may be requested to submit an Academic Plan that ensures achievement of at least the required 67% completion rate, the minimum required GPA, and/or graduation by a specified time frame.
  • Completion rate of attempted credits at the University Michigan-Flint will be considered as part of the appeal process.
  • Students granted an SAP appeal will be placed on Financial Aid Probation and will be monitored each semester.
  • The length of the Financial Aid Probation period will depend on the specifics of the appeal.