Satisfactory Academic Progress
Effective Fall 2011 satisfactory academic progress will be reviewed at the end of every semester.
Barry University, in compliance with recently changed federal regulations, has established the following standards of academic progress (SAP) that must be met to receive federal financial aid. To maintain financial aid eligibility, a student must be making satisfactory progress towards a degree. Satisfactory progress is determined in both a qualitative and a pace measurement.
Qualitative component: (cumulative grade point average)
All Barry University students must meet and maintain the cumulative grade point average (GPA) required by the university for continued eligibility to enroll and graduate.
Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
Graduate and doctoral students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
Podiatric Medicine students should refer to the Barry University Graduate Catalog for Standards of Academic Progress.
Physician Assistant Program students should refer to the Barry University Graduate Catalog and their Didactic Year Manual for Standards of Academic Progress.
Pace component: (maximum time frame and completion ratio)
Students must complete their education program within a maximum time frame (measured by attempted credit hours) and must earn (receive a passing grade) a minimum percentage of all attempted credit hours. The time frame for undergraduate students cannot exceed 150% of the published length of the academic program. The published length of the academic program is the minimum number of credit hours required to earn a degree.
Graduate students must complete their degree program within seven years from the time they are admitted to their respective graduate degree program. All periods of enrollment must be considered. Once the maximum time frame has been reached, the student will no longer be eligible for financial aid.
Understanding Satisfactory Progress
Attempted Credit Hours
Attempted credit hours are credit hours enrolled after the end of the add/drop period. Credit hours dropped during the add/drop period are not included in calculating the attempted hours.
Incomplete Grades, Missing Grades, Withdrawals
Incomplete grades, missing grades, failing grades and withdrawals after the add/drop period are considered as not earned credit hours in calculating the number of credit hours completed.
Transfer Credit Hours
Transfer credit hours do not count toward making up shortages in earned credit hours for the completion ratio.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Review
The Financial Aid Office will review satisfactory academic progress for financial aid recipients at the end of each semester.
This policy is applicable to all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students receiving federal financial aid.
If a student is not making satisfactory academic progress at the end of a semester, the student will be notified in writing and placed on financial aid warning for one semester. Federal aid will be disbursed for the following semester, but at the end of that semester, the Financial Aid Office will review the student academic record and termination actions will be taken if satisfactory academic progress has not been met. If federal student aid is terminated, notification will be sent concerning the appeal process.
The first time that a student does not meet the required completion or cumulative grade point average, the student will be placed on financial aid warning. The student will retain federal financial aid eligibility.
The student will not be eligible to receive any federal or institutional financial aid, even if the student is permitted to continue enrollment at Barry University.
Regaining Eligibility After Financial Aid Termination
Please note that a warning status is not subject to appeal. Students who have become ineligible to receive financial aid may appeal the termination status if there is an extenuating circumstance which prevented the student from maintaining the standards of academic progress.
If federal student aid is terminated, a student may appeal this decision. The student must complete the Barry University Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form with all required documentation.
- Submit in writing an explanation of why he/she was unable to meet or maintain the academic progress requirements that describes the illness or emergency explaining its impact on the student's performance.
- Submit all documentation that substantiates the student's circumstances, such as a letter from a doctor or copies of medical bills if a student cites medical reasons for not meeting the requirements (i.e. copy of a doctor's statement, hospital bill, bills related to the emergency, police report, divorce documents, obituary/death certificate, etc.).
All appeals should be submitted to the Appeal Committee in the financial aid office, no later than 30 calendar days from notice of student financial aid termination. Decisions are based on the information provided by the student and a review of the student academic record. All decisions made by the appeal committee are final.