Federal regulations require that students receiving financial aid must be making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree and comply with all federal, state, and institutional policies and standards applying to financial aid programs. To insure that recipients of federal, state, and/or institutional funds make qualitative and quantitative (Pace) academic progress, Tusculum College has set forth a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy as explained in this document.
A review of SAP will be conducted each year at the end of the spring semester. Students are strongly encouraged to monitor their academic progress carefully and they should understand that drops, withdrawals, grades of E (Excused), I (Incomplete), IP (In Progress), and non-attendance (NR) can affect current and upcoming financial aid eligibility.
Repeated courses may be included in federal and state aid calculations (see "Repeated Coursework" section for details).
A student may receive federal and state aid for a maximum of 30 developmental / remedial credit hours. This includes all failed courses, repeats, and incompletes. Developmental / Remedial courses are calculated in the qualitative portion of SAP, but are excluded from the quantitative portion (qualitative and quantitative explained under Section II, A & B).
Non-credit, and audited courses are not included in any federal aid calculations or SAP reviews.
Transfer students - All credit hours that are accepted by the Registrar's Office will be included in the SAP evaluation (both qualitative and quantitative).
All periods of enrollment are reviewed regardless of whether or not federal and/or state aid was received or if Tusculum College was attended.
|Credit Hours Attempted||GPA Minimum|
|0 - 29.99||1.50|
|30 - 59.99||1.70|
Maximum Timeframe for Degree Completion Requirements
Degree requirements must be completed within a maximum timeframe. Federal regulations require no federal and/or state aid to be released when a student has exceeded 150% of the published length of his/her program. This is generally determined by multiplying the credit hours required to complete the program by 150% (i.e. federal and/or state aid for an undergraduate program requiring 128 credit hours will cease after 192 credit hours have been attempted). Some aid programs may have more stringent limitations
The maximum time frame includes hours attempted prior to Academic Fresh Start being granted; however, an evaluation may be made (if appealed) to only include courses applicable to the student's current major (as determined by the Registrar's Office).
Students changing majors prior to the completion of their second (full-time) academic year must complete all course work within the maximum timeframe specified above. Students changing degree programs or their major after completing two (full-time) academic years and second-degree students will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis (an appeal may be required).
NOTICE to Transfer Students
Transfer students will be evaluated at the end of the spring semester or after an equivalent of an academic year (whichever occurs first). All credit hours that are accepted by the Registrar's Office (attempted and earned) will be included in the SAP evaluation (qualitative and quantitative).
Full-time/Part-time Graduate Students
SAP requirements are met by a graduate student as long as he/she remains eligible to continue in the program according to the Registrar's Office.
Students not maintaining the minimum requirements will be denied all forms of federal and state assistance for future award years. Financial aid may be awarded for one semester if an appeal is approved; during which time the student must make use of the Tusculum College Academic Resource Center and / or Tutoring Center.
An appeal of a SAP denial must be submitted in writing to the SAP APPEALS COMMITTEE (forms online at http://www.tusculum.edu/faid/forms.html). Submitting an appeal is not a guarantee that eligibility will be reinstated. Your appeal must state the reason(s) for having unsatisfactory progress, what has changed about that situation that will allow academic progress, and supporting documentation. It is the student's responsibility to submit all necessary documentation supporting the circumstances of the appeal. The terms for re-establishing eligibility will be set forth in the committee's response. An appeal decision may impose limitations upon aid eligibility, duration of aid eligibility, and/or future minimum academic standards. If the appeal is approved, the student is placed on Probationary status and is eligible for aid for one semester. After one semester SAP will be re-evaluated. A student will be eligible to receive aid if they now meet the SAP standards
Reasonable appeals may include, but are not limited to:
It is recommended that students consult with the OFASCE prior to submitting any appeal.
If it is determined that a student will be unable to meet SAP at the next evaluation, in addition to the appeal an "Academic Plan" may be required. The "Academic Plan" will be developed by the OFASCE with the student and guidance from Academic Advising. If the student's appeal is approved, the "Academic Plan" must be followed each semester to maintain financial aid eligibility.
If the student meets the SAP standards at any evaluation, the "Academic Plan" may be disregarded.
If the student does NOT meet the SAP policy and the "Academic Plan" is not being followed the student becomes ineligible for federal and state aid.
Federal Aid: If a student receives an "F" in a course and repeats the class - All repetitions will be included for aid (if eligible) as long as the student never passes the course. However, if the student passes the class, only one repetition after receiving a passing grade may be included in aid eligibility. Any additional repetition will not be included for purposes of federal aid and enrollment status.
State Aid: State grants follow the policy listed for Federal Aid.
The TELS (HOPE) policy requires that all coursework after high school graduation is calculated for renewal eligibility.
A "one-time" exception policy for repeats is available.
For more information please refer to www.tn.gov/collegepays and/or consult with the OFASCE.