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Academic Progress

In order to receive federal student aid at Wright State University, federal regulations require you meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.

SAP Policy

To maintain satisfactory academic progress, undergraduate students and graduate/doctoral students must meet SAP requirements.

Boonshoft School of Medicine and School of Professional Psychology students are eligible for federal student aid provided they meet all academic stipulations defined by their professional program of study.

The Office of Financial Aid will evaluate your academic history annually, at the end of every Spring term, to ensure you are meeting SAP requirements; however, you may contact Raider Connect at any time to request your record be evaluated. If you fail SAP requirements, you will be notified via Wright State email that you may access your SAP status in WINGS Express.

Wright State University's SAP Policy is used to determine your federal student aid eligibility only. It does not reflect your academic standing for continued enrollment in your program of study.

SAP Requirements

You must meet the following SAP requirements to maintain your eligibility for federal student aid.

1. Cumulative GPA

Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Graduate/doctoral students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Please note: Repeat and incomplete coursework does not impact your cumulative GPA for SAP purposes.

2. Completion Rate (67% Rule)

Undergraduate and graduate/doctoral students must earn 67% of their cumulative attempted credit hours. The percentage is calculated by dividing your total number of earned credit hours by your total number of attempted credit hours.

Please note: Attempted credit hours are those credit hours for which you have received a grade of A, B, C, D, F, I, K, M, N, P, U, W, or X. Transfer credit hours and repeated coursework are included in your total attempted credit hours. The attempted hours for a course in which you receive an M grade will be added to your total  your earned credit hours.

3. Maximum Timeframe (150% Rule)

You must complete your program of study within 150% of the timeframe required to earn your degree. The maximum timeframe is 150% of the typical number of hours needed to complete degree requirements.

Student Level and/or Degree Program Maximum Number
of Total Attempted Credit Hours
Undergraduate / Associate Degree 92 semester hours
Undergraduate / Bachelor's Degree 186 semester hours
Graduate 55 semester hours
Doctoral 136 semester hours

SAP Status

You can check your SAP status in WINGS Express at any time. For step-by-step instructions on how to view your academic progress for federal student aid in WINGS Express, visit the Student Zone on the WINGS Resource Center.

SAP Statuses

Financial Aid Satisfactory: You have met SAP requirements for federal student aid purposes.

Financial Aid Unsatisfactory: You have not met SAP requirements and you are ineligible for federal student aid. You will remain ineligible for federal student aid unless you successfully appeal or re-establish your eligibility on your own. You are not eligible to receive federal student aid for any term in which you have been assigned an Unsatisfactory SAP status.

Financial Aid Probation: You have successfully appealed an Unsatisfactory SAP status and you are eligible for federal student aid for one term only. After the end of the term, you must meet academic progress plan requirements in order to qualify federal student aid for subsequent terms. You are not eligible to receive federal student aid for those terms for which you are assigned an Unsatisfactory SAP status.

 
SAP Appeal Policy

If you do not meet SAP requirements, you may appeal to the Office of Financial Aid for Financial Aid Probation.

  • Only current Wright State University students may appeal.
  • You may appeal to receive federal student aid for one term only. There is no limit the number of appeals you may submit; however appeal deadlines do apply.
  • All appeals are reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid and all appeal decisions are final.
  • Incomplete appeals will be denied.
  • You must check your Wright State University e-mail and WINGS Express accounts for notifications and updates to the status of your financial aid, including your SAP appeal.

SAP Appeal Criterion

The SAP appeal process will require you:

  1. Submit the Online SAP Appeal Form via WINGS Express. When completing this form you will be required to supply the following information:
  • A statement that explains the circumstance or reason you failed to meet SAP requirements.
  • A statement that explains what has changed in your situation that will now enable you to meet SAP requirements.
  • Documentation that supports your written statement(s). The documentation can be uploaded or you can indicate an alternative delivery method on the SAP Appeal Form. A statement of support such as a letter from an academic advisor must be signed by the person providing the support and must be printed on company letterhead.
    • If you had a mitigating circumstance (e.g., illness, injury, bereavement, etc.) that prevented you from meeting SAP requirements, you are encouraged to document the circumstance. Examples of acceptable documentation include: a statement of support from a physician, counselor, or clergy; court documents; obituaries; etc. \
    • If you had a non-mitigating circumstances (e.g., return to school after extended leave, Fresh Start, change of major, additional degree or teacher certification, transfer hours, etc.), you are required to document what has changed in your situation that will now enable you to meet SAP requirements. Examples of acceptable documentation include: a statement of support from an academic advisor, faculty member, or tutor; academic transcripts from a transfer college; etc.
  • In addition, if you failed to meet the Maximum Timeframe SAP requirement (150% Rule), you are required to meet with your academic advisor to complete the SAP Appeal Maximum Timeframe Form.
  1. If you successfully appeal, you will be placed on Financial aid Probation for one term and must agree to an academic progress plan and complete financial awareness counseling by the term's academic progress plan deadline in order to receive federal student aid for that one term. If you do not agree to an academic plan and/or complete financial awareness counseling by the applicable deadline date, your Financial Aid Probation SAP status will be revoked and you will be reassigned to a Financial Aid Unsatisfactory SAP status.

SAP Appeal Deadlines

The Office of Financial Aid will accept SAP appeals by term based on the following schedule.

Term Start Date for Appeals Deadline to Submit Appeals
Spring 2015 September 3, 2014 January 20, 2015
Summer 2015 January 21, 2015 June 22, 2015
Fall 2015 June 23, 2015 September 2, 2015
Spring 2016 September 3, 2015 January 20, 2016

Financial Aid Probation

If you successfully appeal, you must complete financial awareness counseling and agree to an academic progress plan by the appeal term's academic progress plan deadline. You are required to submit an academic progress plan every term you are on financial aid probation; however, you only need to complete financial awareness counseling once per academic year, regardless of the number of terms you are granted probation.

Term Counseling and Academic Progress Plan Deadline
Summer 2014 July 2, 2015
Fall 2014 September 12, 2015
Spring 2015 January 30, 2016

While on Financial Aid Probation, you will only be eligible to receive federal student aid during your one probationary term and you must agree to the following academic progress plan.

Undergraduate Students Graduate/Professional Students
  • Earn at least a 2.0 term GPA
  • Earn 67% of their attempted hours for the term
  • Earn at least a 3.0 term GPA
  • Earn 67% of their attempted hours for the term

The Office of Financial Aid will determine if you have adhered to your academic progress plan once your grades have posted for your probationary term. If you adhered to your academic progress plan, you will have your federal student aid reinstated for subsequent terms. If you did not adhere to your academic progress plan, you will be assigned an Unsatisfactory SAP status and will be ineligible to receive federal student aid at Wright State University. Your cumulative academic history will be evaluated for SAP requirements at the next annual evaluation.

 

If you have been assigned a Financial Aid Unsatisfactory SAP status, be it your SAP appeal was denied or you chose not to appeal, you may re-establish your federal student aid eligibility on your own. If you are ineligible for federal student aid due to a Financial Aid Unsatisfactory SAP status, you may wish to consider applying for other types of financial aid, such as alternative loans.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where can I view my current SAP status?

  • Login to WINGS at http://wings.wright.edu
  • Click on the WINGS Express icon
  • Click on Student and Financial Aid
  • Click on Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Click on Eligibility Requirements
  • Select any aid year
  • SAP status appears on the Academic Progress tab

My SAP Appeal was approved, but I chose to not attend that semester. Do I have to appeal again for the next semester I attend to be eligible for financial aid?

Yes. The appeal is term specific. You must appeal again for the next semester you attend. 

My last SAP Appeal was approved, but I continue to not progress in my degree. May I appeal again?

Yes. You may appeal again; however, you may not use the same circumstances or documentation described in your previous appeal(s).

My SAP Appeal was denied for this semester. May I appeal again?

There is no limit to number of appeals you may submit for one semester; however, you must meet the appeal deadline for the appeal to be considered.

How is the Maximum Timeframe determined?

The Maximum Timeframe is determined by the weighted average of the maximum credit hours required for all programs within each respective grade level (Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Graduate, Doctoral).

I am pursuing a second bachelor’s/master’s degree. Why am I unsatisfactory for the Maximum Timeframe requirement?

The Maximum Timeframe requirement includes all attempted credit hours for each grade level reported on your record. For example, if pursuing a second bachelor’s degree, your hours reported from your first bachelor’s degree are included in the determination. You are encouraged to submit a SAP appeal.

I am transferring to Wright State. Are my transfer credit hours included in my SAP status?

Yes. Your transfer hours are included in the calculation to determine your Completion Rate and toward the Maximum Timeframe. Transfer hours do not impact your Cumulative GPA.

My SAP Appeal was approved, but I did not submit my academic progress plan or financial awareness counseling by the deadline date. What happens to my appeal?

Your appeal will be denied if either the academic progress plan or financial awareness counseling is not received by the deadline date.

I am returning to Wright State under the Fresh Start Policy. Do I have to submit a separate SAP Appeal to get financial aid?

Yes. Returning under the Fresh Start Policy does not change your SAP status.

I am reenrolling at Wright State under the Second Start Policy. Do I still need to submit a SAP Appeal to get financial aid?

Yes. Returning under the Second Start Policy does not change your SAP status.

Does my SAP status at Wright State University transfer to other schools?

No. A student's SAP status at Wright State University does not transfer to another school. Students who do not meet one or more of Wright State's SAP requirements are only ineligible for federal student aid at Wright State University.