Federal regulations require that Indiana University Kokomo establish a policy to monitor the academic progress of students who apply for and/or receive financial assistance. A student must be admitted to the university and enrolled in a degree-seeking program to be eligible for assistance. The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards listed below apply to all aid applicants at Indiana University Kokomo whether or not aid was received for prior coursework. In addition, all students, whether receiving aid or not, must meet Indiana University Kokomo academic standards.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
How often is progress checked?
Your progress at Indiana University Kokomo will be checked when you apply for aid, submit a FAFSA, or after spring grades from the prior year are recorded, whichever is later.
What are the requirements?
- A program grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better, or the GPA required for your degree, if it is higher.
- Successfully complete 67% of total attempted coursework.
- Complete their degrees in no more than 150% of the published credit hours requirement, appeal/monitoring begins at 150 hrs or 130% of the number of hours required for your degree.
Attempted coursework includes courses that are repeated or X'ed. Courses dropped at the beginning of the term where no W grade is assigned (generally the first week of the course), are not counted as attempted courses. Attempted coursework also includes all accepted transfer credit hours. Grades of W, F, FN, FNN, FX, DX, CX, NC, and I (Incomplete) are not considered successful completion of a course.
Undergraduates seeking a second bachelor's degree will be evaluated by the same standards as other undergraduate students.
- Program grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better or the GPA required for your degree if higher than 3.0.
- Successfully complete 67% of total attempted coursework.
- Complete their degrees having attempted no more than 150% of the published credit hours requirement, appeal/monitoring begins at 130% of the number of hours required for your degree.
Attempted coursework includes courses that are repeated or X'ed. Courses dropped at the beginning of the term where no W grade is assigned (generally the first week of the course), are not counted as attempted courses. Attempted coursework includes all accepted transfer credit hours. Grades of W, F, FN, FNN, FX, DX, CX, NC and I (Incomplete) are not considered successful completion of a course.
Students who have received a bachelor's degree and are taking preparatory coursework in order to gain admission to an IU Kokomo graduate program are permitted, if approved, to receive loans at the undergraduate level for up to a twelve-month period.
Such students must list all the classes they will be taking over the next twelve month period as pre-requisites for admission to their IU Kokomo graduate program of choice. The IU Kokomo graduate program that the student wishes to enter must affirm that once the preparatory coursework is successfully completed, the student will, in fact, be admitted to the program. Please note that this is for coursework that must be completed prior to admission, not coursework to raise a GPA for admission purposes.
How to submit an appeal?
Include at least one piece of supporting documentation in order for your appeal to be considered by the SAP Committee.
Please note that you are expected to consult with your Academic Advisor through this process.
All attempts for a course count for completion rate monitoring as well as the maximum timeframe.
A notice will be posted to your One account concerning your academic progress status. Your financial aid will be terminated until you meet SAP standards or have an appeal approved by the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals Committee.
Inability to attend classes due to lack of financial aid is not an extenuating circumstance. Students who fail to meet these standards and have mitigating circumstances may appeal to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships by completing the appropriate Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form online. The form may also be picked up at the Financial Aid Office.
The Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals Committee reviews each appeal to determine student eligibility for continued financial aid. The Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals Committee reviews formal appeals within 30 business days of receipt. No deferments of Indiana University Kokomo charges will be granted during the review timeframe. If your appeal is approved, you will be placed on a contract to monitor your progress and compliance with the terms of your approval. Your course selection, completion and grade performance will be monitored to make sure that you are compliant with your contract on a semester by semester basis. If your appeal is denied you may submit a new appeal after one calendar year. You may include documentation showing your academic success since your last appeal, however, you must submit a new personal statement.
Students who fail to make SAP and who have an appeal denied can regain eligibility by meeting the criteria established above. However, a student cannot regain eligibility simply by being out of school for a set amount of time or by paying for a set number of classes out-of-pocket. Parents of students who are denied financial assistance by failing to meet these academic standards are not eligible for a Parent PLUS Loan.
Transfer credits accepted after SAP evaluation may impact your eligibility. SAP will be reevaluated only upon student request.
Military transfer hours that do not apply to degree requirements will be excluded from attempted hours in the evaluation of maximum attempted hours in SAP evaluation.
- S or P grades do not carry GPA value so will have no effect on the requirement to maintain a 2.0 program GPA
- S or P grades are considered successful completion, so will increase credit completion rate
- S or P grades result in earned credit hours and apply toward maximum timeframe program length
The IU Kokomo SAP Committee also approves SAP appeals on "contract" with students, expecting them to successfully complete all courses and/or graduate as planned. In their review of Spring 2020 SAP contracts, IU Kokomo SAP Committee will provide latitude and/or appeal options to students that have had academic progress negatively impacted by the coronavirus crisis.