Satisfactory Academic Progress

Wingate University Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

As mandated by the Higher Education Act, institutions of higher education must establish minimum standards of
“Satisfactory Academic Progress." Wingate University makes these standards applicable to all federal, state of
North Carolina and institutional financial aid programs. Programs administered by outside agencies, or states other
than North Carolina, may have their own academic standards for students. Check the requirements with the agent
granting your funding. In order to maintain your eligibility for financial aid, we track your satisfactory academic
progress (SAP) during your enrollment at Wingate University. Your progress is evaluated at the end of each
semester and is based on credit hours earned, credit hours attempted and cumulative GPA.
General Principles by Academic Program

Undergraduate Students
1. Cumulative GPA:
A student must achieve and maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0. The cumulative number of
credits attempted includes those credits attempted as of the census date (5 calendar days after the last day to
drop a course (Drop/Add). Multiple attempts of the same course will be counted (each attempt) for
financial aid purposes.
2. Cumulative Hours Earned:
A student must pass (earn) at least 67% of their credits attempted (excluding non-credit courses and
pass/fail courses).
3. Maximum Time Frame:
Undergraduate students must complete their degree requirements within 150% of the published length of
their academic program to remain eligible for federal financial aid. This is the maximum allowable time
for receipt of financial aid regardless of whether the student did or did not receive financial aid during any
period of his/her enrollment. In addition, students will be allowed to receive institutional financial aid for
a maximum of 150 % of their published program length.
4. Important Notes:
- The Belk and McGee Academic Scholarship requirements are higher than the general financial aid
SAP guidelines. The cumulative GPA requirement to maintain the Belk or McGee Scholarship is
3.00.
- SAP will be determined at the end of each semester (Fall, Spring and/or Summer) for which you are
enrolled.
- Wingate University Academic Scholarships have a maximum time frame of 8 semesters.
- Eligibility for Student Athletes receiving athletic financial aid is established by Wingate University
and the NCAA. Please refer to your grant-in-aid for additional information.

Graduate Students
Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accounting (MAC), Master of Science in Sport
Administration (MASM), Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EDD/EDS), Master of Arts in
Education (MAED), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
1. Cumulative GPA:
A student must achieve and maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0.
2. Cumulative Hours Earned:
A student must pass (earn) at least 67% of their credits attempted (excluding non-credit courses and
pass/fail courses).
3. Maximum Time Frame:
All students must complete their degree requirements within 150% of the published length of their
academic program, regardless of whether the student did or did not receive financial aid during any prior
period of his/her enrollment.

Health Professional Graduate Students
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS), Doctor of Physical
Therapy (DPT)
1. Cumulative GPA:
PharmD students must achieve and maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0.
MPAS students must achieve and maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0. They must also
maintain a semester GPA of 3.0
DPT students must achieve and maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.7.
2. Cumulative Hours Earned:
A student must pass (earn) at least 67% of their credits attempted (excluding non-credit courses and
pass/fail courses).
3. Maximum Time Frame:
All students must complete their degree requirements within 150% of the published length of their
academic program, regardless of whether the student did or did not receive financial aid during any prior
period of his/her enrollment.

Failure to Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress

Financial Aid Warning and Cancellation
1. Financial Aid Warning (FAW):
Students who fail to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards are placed on Financial Aid
Warning (FAW) for the following semester (payment period). During the FAW period, a student can
receive financial aid. If you meet the minimum standards at the end of the FAW, you are placed back in
good standing.
2. Financial Aid Cancellation (FAC):
At the end of the FAW period, students who still do not meet the SAP standards become ineligible for
financial aid and are placed on Financial Aid Cancellation (FAC). Students receive written notification of
the loss of financial aid.
Regaining Financial Aid
1. Meeting SAP on your own:
To regain your financial aid eligibility, you can enroll for (and attend) subsequent semesters without
financial aid. Your progress will be re-evaluated at the end of each semester to determine your progress.
2. SAP Appeal:
Students who become ineligible to receive financial aid due to SAP and feel they have extenuating
circumstances, may make a written appeal to the Financial Aid Committee. They must obtain and complete
the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form. Please note: The SAP Appeal Form will automatically
be sent to any student who fails to meet SAP guidelines.
SAP Academic Plan

Students who appeal, and subsequently have their appeals approved, will be placed on a Financial Planning
Academic Plan that is developed by the Director of Financial Planning and the Registrar. Students are required to
meet with the Financial Aid Director to discuss terms of the Academic Plan and will be placed on a Financial Aid
Probation (FAP). Once the Academic Plan is finalized, the student’s financial aid eligibility status will be updated
and their financial aid awards will be reinstated (institutional funds are reinstated based on available funding).
Academic Plans may be made for up to four semesters, and students placed on an Academic Plan must continually
meet the terms of the plan (each semester) as outlined in the letter granting the appeal. — If a student fails to meet
the terms of the Academic Plan for any given period, the student loses financial aid eligibility.
A copy of the comprehensive Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy can be obtained by visiting the Office of Student Financial Planning in the Stegall Administration Building.