Financial aid recipients must make satisfactory academic progress to keep receiving financial assistance. Make sure you know the facts.

As mandated by the Higher Education Opportunity 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 agency granting your funding.
 
Note: The Belk Scholarship requires a 3.00 cumulative GPA. Student athletes must satisfy the eligibility requirements established by Wingate University and by the NCAA to be eligible for athletically related financial aid.

General Satisfactory Academic Progress Principles

These principles apply to all degree programs at Wingate University. Specific guidelines for each academic program are outlined after these general principles.
  • Federal Regulations require the university to establish SAP standards in the following areas: (1) cumulative GPA, (2) cumulative hours earned and (3) maximum time frame. In addition, the SAP policy must include a student’s total academic history.
  • SAP is determined at the end of each semester (fall, spring and summer) for which you are enrolled.
  • To earn hours at Wingate University, a student must receive a grade of A, B, C or D. Any other grade does not earn hours.
  • Classes in which a student receives a grade of “Withdrawal” (W) count as hours attempted but not hours earned, and therefore, negatively impacts a student’s ability to satisfy SAP.
  • Classes in which a student receives a grade of “Incomplete” (I) count as hours attempted but not hours earned, and therefore, negatively impacts a student’s ability to satisfy SAP.
  • When a student repeats a course, the total attempted hours increase with each repeat, but the student only earns hours for a completed course once. Therefore, repeating classes negatively impacts a student’s ability to satisfy the 67 percent passing rate, but may significantly increase a student’s cumulative GPA.
  • Included in attempted and earned hours are all transfer credits from any previous school(s). Attempted/earned hours also include credits earned through Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or other similar testing programs.

Undergraduate SAP

Cumulative GPA: The cumulative number of credits attempted in the undergraduate schools of the university include 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 count (each attempt) for financial aid purposes.

Credits Attempted (includes transfer hours) Minimum Cumulative GPA Requirement:
1 – 23 1.6
24 – 56 1.8
57 or more 2.0

Cumulative Hours Earned: A student must pass (earn) at least 67 percent of their credits attempted (excluding non-credit courses and pass/fail courses).

Maximum Time Frame: Undergraduate students must complete their degree requirements within 150 percent 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 may receive institutional financial aid for a maximum of 150 percent of their published program length.

Graduate SAP

To receive eligible financial aid under the Federal Title IV programs, a graduate/professional/pharmacy student must be making “Satisfactory Academic Progress” (SAP) toward graduation. SAP as defined by Wingate University means:  

Graduate Education Programs SAP

The following applies to:
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)
  • Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
  • Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership (M.A.Ed. in Educational Leadership)
Cumulative Grade-Point Average: A student must achieve and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0.

Cumulative Hours Earned: A student must pass (earn) at least 67 percent of their credits attempted (excluding non-credit courses and pass/fail courses).

Maximum Time Frame: Graduate education students must complete their degree requirements within 150 percent 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 their enrollment.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Accounting (MAC) SAP

Cumulative Grade-Point Average: A student must achieve and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0.

Cumulative Hours Earned: A student must pass (earn) at least 67 percent of their credits attempted (excluding non-credit courses and pass/fail courses).

Maximum Time Frame: MBA students must complete their degree requirements within 150 percent 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 their enrollment.

Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) SAP

Cumulative Grade-Point Average: A student must achieve and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0.

Cumulative Hours Earned: A student must pass (earn) at least 67 percent of their credits attempted (excluding non-credit courses and pass/fail courses).

Maximum Time Frame: MPAS students must complete their degree requirements within 150 percent 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 their enrollment.

Master of Arts in Sport Management (MASM) SAP

Cumulative Grade-Point Average: A student must achieve and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0.

Cumulative Hours Earned: A student must pass (earn) at least 67 percent of their credits attempted (excluding non-credit courses and pass/fail courses).

Maximum Time Frame: MASM students must complete their degree requirements within 150 percent 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 their enrollment.

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) SAP

Cumulative Grade-Point Average: A student must achieve and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0.

Cumulative Hours Earned: A student must pass (earn) at least 67 percent of their credits attempted (excluding non-credit courses and pass/fail courses).

Maximum Time Frame: PharmD students must complete their degree requirements within 150 percent 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 their enrollment.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) SAP

Cumulative Grade-Point Average: A student must achieve and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.7.

Cumulative Hours Earned: A student must pass (earn) at least 67 percent of their credits attempted (excluding non-credit courses and pass/fail courses).

Maximum Time Frame: DPT students must complete their degree requirements within 150 percent 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 their enrollment.

Failure to Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress

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.

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.

Students who are re-admitted to Wingate University following a period of non-enrollment must meet Wingate University’s SAP policy in order to regain eligibility for financial aid.

Regaining Financial Aid

To regain your financial aid eligibility, students have two options.

Option One: you can enroll for (and attend) subsequent semesters without financial aid. Your progress is re-evaluated at the end of each semester.

Option Two: 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. Extenuating circumstances may include, but are not limited to, death of an immediate family member or extreme medical emergencies/illness. The Financial Aid Committee comprises the director and counselors of financial aid. If necessary, the vice-president of Enrollment Management and Student Life may be included.

The appeal must include:
  • Why the student failed to make SAP
  • What has changed to allow the student to make SAP at the next evaluation (end of the next semester)
Financial aid may be reinstated by the committee upon demonstration of mitigating circumstances, which must be documented in writing to the satisfaction of the committee. Examples of mitigating circumstances and appropriate documentation include, but are not necessarily limited to:
  1. Serious illness of student: A statement from their physician that illness interfered with the student’s ability to meet SAP along with the written letter of appeal from student.
  2. Serious illness of immediate family member: A statement from a physician along with the written letter of appeal from the student.
  3. Death of an immediate or close family member: A statement from a minister, nearest relative, or an unbiased concerned adult along with the written letter of appeal from the student.
  4. Disruptive internal family problems: A statement from parents, minister, or an unbiased concerned adult along with the written letter of appeal from the student.

Students who appeal and have their eligibility for Title IV aid reinstated are placed on Financial Aid Probation (FAP). They may receive aid for one payment period. Failure to regain SAP during this payment period results in the loss of Title IV aid.

Students who receive an appeal approval of their financial aid restriction, who may need more than one payment period to regain satisfactory progress, may be placed on “academic plan” status. This plan is developed by the financial aid director and the registrar. Students with this status are required to meet with the financial aid director to discuss and sign off on the academic plan. Once the academic plan is finalized, the student’s financial aid eligibility status is updated and their financial aid awards reinstated (institutional funds are reinstated based on available funding). Students on academic plan must continually meet the terms of the academic plan as outlined in the letter granting the appeal. If a student fails to meet the terms of the academic plan for any given payment period, the student loses financial aid eligibility. Students on academic plan due to SAP can regain eligibility by meeting the SAP standards.

Academic Scholarship Satisfactory Progress Guidelines

Academic scholarship progress for Belk scholarship recipients is checked at the end of each semester. At the conclusion of the semester, the Office of Financial Planning notifies students by mail if their cumulative grade-point average drops below the minimum. At that point, students are placed on academic scholarship probation for the next semester. Students continue to receive their academic scholarship during the probationary semester.

If the minimum cumulative GPA is achieved at the end of the probationary semester, the Office of Financial Planning renews the academic scholarship for the next semester.

If the minimum cumulative GPA is not achieved at the end of the probationary semester, the Office of Financial Planning may take the following actions:

  • Belk Scholarship recipients: If the GPA drops below 3.00, the award is reduced by 50 percent.

If the academic scholarship is reduced or removed from the student’s financial aid package, the student is eligible to reinstate the original scholarship if their cumulative GPA improves to the required minimum cumulative GPA for that scholarship. However, academic scholarships may only be increased back to the original award once.

The next time the cumulative GPA falls below the required minimum, the academic scholarship may remain at the lower award until the eligibility expires. Students who have had their scholarships reduced or removed are responsible for notifying the Financial Planning Office when they have achieved the required GPA for their original scholarship.

Consumer Information Disclosures

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires that colleges and universities provide specific disclosures to prospective and current students. You may review this on our Higher Education Opportunity Act page of the website.