The Financial Aid Office reviews the students' academic progress at the end of each semester to ensure the student is making reasonable progress toward completing their stated educational goals in order to receive funds. A student failing to meet SAP standards the first semester will be placed on probation (warning) status. A student in probation (warning) is still eligible to receive aid, however, failure to meet SAP standards in the next semester will result in the student being placed in a suspended status and not eligible to receive aid. Students in a suspended status must attend at their own expense. Suspended students have the right to submit an appeal the following semester (refer to the appeal procedures under the SAP Standard link for procedures for submitting an appeal).
All Financial Aid recipients are provided a link to the satisfactory academic progress guidelines on their TigerWeb self-service account. Standards are published on this website.
Federal regulations require all colleges and universities monitor the academic progress of financial aid recipients to ensure they are advancing at an acceptable pace while maintaining an acceptable grade point average. Specifically, students must demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward the completion of their degrees in order to continue receiving federal and state financial aid funds. Chattanooga State's Financial Aid Office determines eligibility by measuring academic performance against three SAP standards.
The Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy is comprised of three standards:
|Attempted Hours||Required Quality GPA|
|0.0 - 12.0||1.00|
|12.1 - 24.0||1.25|
|24.1 - 36.0||1.50|
|36.1 - 48.0||1.75|
|48.1 - Above||2.00|
Students are responsible for checking their Academic Progress on their "TigerWeb" Account at the end of each semester. The Financial Aid Office will update each student's Academic Progress as it relates to their financial aid after grades are posted at the end of each semester.
The SAP Appeal Committee reviews appeal requests and is the final approving authority on all decisions as it relates to SAP appeals. The committee includes members from the academic staff, student service staff, and financial aid office. Students may request to speak to the committee concerning their particular situation; however, the committee is not required to meet with students to make their final decision.
Appeals must be submitted by the priority dates listed below. Students must anticipate a minimum of 5 to 6 weeks for the appeals committee to review the appeal and make a decision on their request. Failure to provide required supporting documentation will delay the appeal process. Students will not be granted more than three appeals during their matriculation at Chattanooga State.
Students pending an appeal decision at the beginning of a semester are responsible for securing their classes via payment to the bursar office. No student class schedule will be held due to pending appeal decision.
In compliance with federal mandates, the Financial Aid Office reviews the academic progress of all financial aid recipients at the end of each semester. If a student's academic performance does not meet all three SAP standards, the Financial Aid Office moves the student's eligibility to either a warning or suspended status.
The maximum time frame for a Tennessee College of Applied Technology student to receive financial aid is the number of hours required for a certificate. A student will never receive Federal Financial Aid for hours past their program length.
Example: 1290 clock hours x 1 = 1290 clock hours.
Appeals are not allowed for vocational students. If a student has failed to meet SAP standards, eligibility can be re-established by paying out of pocket for one payment period and making satisfactory academic progress at the next SAP evaluation.