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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeals Process

According to the federal regulations surrounding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), the maximum number of credit hours earned cannot exceed 150% of the credit hours required for a student’s program of study. This “maximum timeframe” rule was clearly intended to prevent “career students” from taking advantage of federal financial aid programs without making progress toward a degree or certificate (and, consequently, employment). It can, however, disadvantage service member and veteran students who are awarded credit for their military training, experience, and coursework that may not apply directly to their selected academic or career program since it will inflate the number of credit hours on their student record and could take them beyond the maximum timeframe allowed.  National survey collection and analysis were completed by a subgroup of the White House’s Academic Credentialing Task Force in early 2014 to gather insights on issues related to SAP and determine recommended action steps to avoid any negative implications for service members and veterans as states around the nation consider initiatives that rightfully encourage colleges and universities to award military service members and veterans the full amount of credits they deserve for their military training, experience, and coursework. The document below provides results from the survey collection, analysis of the data, and recommended next steps.