In July 1, 2011 Satisfactory Academic progress (SAP) standards changed in accordance with new federal regulations. These standards have been effective since the summer 2012 semester and supersede all previous policies.
Federal and state financial aid regulations require Victor Valley College to establish, define, and apply standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for all financial aid applicants, regardless of previous financial aid history. These standards are created to help students successfully achieve their program of study within the Federal maximum time allowed. The regulations require that SAP be evaluated every academic term, and measure both the qualitative standard (cumulative GPA) and quantitative standards (completion rate, Pace) and Maximum Time Frame.
All students that have attempted 12 units or more, and therefore have an academic history, will be reviewed for SAP standards at the end of the spring semester prior to receiving financial aid beginning with the following summer semester.
*If you have already achieved an Associate's Degree you must Appeal for Financial Aid.*
All periods of enrollment at Victor Valley College and, if applicable, transferable units from other colleges will be included as part of the SAP review. To ensure meeting these standards, students must request all official academic transcript(s) from all prior colleges to be submitted to the Admissions and Records Department and request a current Student Education Plan (SEP) in accordance with your declared major.
SAP standards apply to all students requesting financial aid from the following federal and state funded programs listed below:
Recipients of financial aid must be enrolled in a major or program of study, which leads to a Certificate of Achievement, Associate Degree, or a transferable program that leads to a Baccalaureate Degree. It is the student's responsibility to have a major or academic program of study declared at Victor Valley College.
Any student who fails to meet all of the above listed SAP standards in regards to Academic and Progress Standards will be placed on a Warning Status for one term. Students that do not meet the SAP standards by the end of the term will be disqualified from financial aid.
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Any student who fails to meet all of the above listed SAP standards will be disqualified. Students that do not meet the SAP standards will be notified of the disqualification and will not receive additional financial aid.
Any student, who is denied financial aid because of failure to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards, may submit a TYPED Appeal Form to the Financial Aid Department; however, appeals will not be accepted for any summer terms. Appeals must (1) state any extenuating circumstances that may have occurred and why the student failed to achieve SAP; (2) explain what has changed in the student's situation and (3) explain how this change will ensure academic success at the next SAP evaluation.
Only one appeal is allowed per school year.
If the student is requesting an appeal, they must complete the Satisfactory Academic Progress Orientation Workshop Online prior to submitting an appeal. All appeals submitted will be forwarded to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee for either approval or denial.
Please make sure to use the fillable Appeal Application available after orientation is completed and the test passed with a 100% since handwritten applications will not be accepted.
The student may complete the appeal form and submit it along with the following items:
The Committee will review the appeal and notify the student of the results.
Extenuating Circumstances must be explained in detail.
If the Committee approves the appeal, the student will be reinstated for financial aid and placed on "Probation". If the appeal is denied, the student will remain disqualified and ineligible for financial aid until Satisfactory Academic Progress can be reestablished.
Students with an approved appeal are on financial aid probation for one semester and are eligible for Federal and State financial aid if all other eligibility requirements are met. Students must meet all SAP standards at the end of the probation semester as referenced above and meet any specific appeal requirements to regain SAP good standing in order to be considered for additional financial aid in subsequent terms. Students who fail to achieve SAP standards at the end of the probationary term will be disqualified for additional financial aid.
SAP will be evaluated at the end of the probation semester after grades have been recorded to determine future eligibility for financial aid and therefore the posting of subsequent financial aid will be delayed until your SAP status can be determined.
Students who pass Probation will move to Probation 2 for another payment period. Students who pass Probation 2 will move to a final Probation 3. After Probation 3 students will be reevaluated to determine if they meet SAP standards.
While on probation, a student may not receive any W's, NP's, FW's or F's, or their financial aid will cease immediately.
Reinstatement is not automatic and is not guaranteed for the next school year.
THIS POLICY SUPERSEDES ALL PRIOR POLICIES.
Last Updated 8/12/20