Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is defined as progression through the academic program within a prescribed time frame while maintaining a sufficient grade point average to demonstrate growth in knowledge and skills. Lack of satisfactory progress may jeopardize the student’s ability to complete their program of study. Platt College expects students to progress through the program based on satisfactory academic progression standards. The School of Nursing at Platt College individually determines the criteria requirement for SAP. All students will be considered to be in a state of satisfactory progress at the time of initial enrollment.

Federal regulations require that a student receiving financial assistance from a state or federal aid program must make SAP as determined by the institution from which such aid is received. Platt College’s standards for determining SAP are the same for all students enrolled in the same educational program, regardless of financial aid recipiency. Platt College students, regardless if they are receiving financial assistance, will have their satisfactory academic progress measured. Consistent application of standards exists to all students regardless of category (i.e., full time, part time, receiving financial aid, not receiving financial aid) and educational program.

Students’ academic progress, both the qualitative (grade-based) and quantitative (time-based) SAP measures, are reviewed quarterly. A student on academic warning or probation may continue to receive financial assistance for one payment period despite a determination that the student is not making satisfactory academic progress. However, while a student is on academic warning or probation, Platt College may choose to require that the student repeat a failed course and/or take a reduced course load. Course repeats count towards the pace of completion. Student progress is evaluated through daily assignments, hands-on assessments, quizzes, written examinations, and other methods as determined by the course faculty. Student progress is measured by the use of a 4.0 grade scale.

Students are entitled to a regular accounting of their academic status. Students may monitor their SAP on My Platt College. Students placed on academic warning, probation, or temporary suspension are informed in writing at the time the action is taken. Students are strongly encouraged to receive advising from the appropriate faculty member or administrator in an effort to improve their academic performance. Further, students are informed by the Financial Aid Office in writing how their financial assistance may be affected by not meeting satisfactory academic progress.

How Do I Meet Financial Aid's SatisfactoryAcademic Progress?

Student progress is evaluated through daily assignments, hands-on assessments, quizzes, written examinations, and other methods as determined by the course faculty. Student progress is measured by the use of a 4.0 grade scale.

A School of Nursing student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (“C”). Students’ academic progress will be reviewed quarterly. The student must achieve a cumulative 2.75 grade point average in order to attain Satisfactory Academic Progress and graduate with a Platt College degree.

A School of Nursing student whose cumulative grade point average drops below 2.75 at the end of the quarter will be placed on academic warning, probation, or temporary suspension. Students who are placed on academic warning, probation, or temporary suspension will be notified in writing by the Registrar.

Students must complete their programs within a prescribed time frame. The maximum time frame is limited to 1.5 times the normal length of the program in duration or credit hours required to complete the program. Students who fail to complete their programs within the maximum time frame will be dismissed.

For more about Satisfactory Academic Progress, see Policy 02:24:00 Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).