Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Federal Aid

Students must comply with the MTSA standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). All students’ academic standing is evaluated by the Progressions Committee. Any student not meeting the required academic progression, cumulative grade-point average, clinical requirements or placed on probation by the Progressions Committee, will be placed on Financial Aid Warning by the Financial Aid Office for the subsequent payment period.

Student’s academic progress is checked by the Progressions Committee after each quarter, and decisions are made and notices sent to the Financial Aid Office for the following reasons:

  1. Activation of student probation,
  2. Removal from probation,
  3. Decision to suspend student,
  4. Termination of a student.


Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards

  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) that is equal to or greater than 3.0, the graduation standards published by the program(s) (Qualitative Requirement);
  • Successfully complete a minimum of all hours attempted (PACE or Quantitative Requirement); and
  • Complete the program of study/degree within a maximum number of attempted credits allowed by the degree level—(Maximum Completion Timeframe).


Minimum GPA

Students must earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Successfully completing hours are earning a letter grade of “B” or higher.*

*(A student who earns a “C” in a course will be on automatic academic probation and placed on Financial Aid Warning. The student will stay on academic probation through the quarter and if no further “C” grade is obtained, the student will be removed from probation and Financial Aid Warning. If the student earns a second “C” grade, dismissal from the program and Financial Aid Suspension will result. Students who are placed on any type of academic probation more than two times will be dismissed from the program. No failing grade (below 70%) is accepted and student will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension.)


Minimum Pace

Students must successfully complete 100% of the credit hours they attempt each term.


Maximum Timeframe

Programs at MTSA have scheduled academic coursework which must be successfully completed. Students cannot receive federal aid after attempting 100% of the hours required for the completion of their academic program.


Financial Aid Warning

Any student not meeting the SAP requirements will be placed on Financial Aid Warning, and be eligible to receive federal aid for one subsequent payment period. The student will be monitored for SAP again at the end of the payment period. Students will receive notice from the Financial Aid Office about their Financial Aid Warning. Students may not incur more than two Financial Aid Warnings.


Financial Aid Suspension

A student on Financial Aid Warning who does not comply with the standard academic policy will lose eligibility for federal aid in the subsequent payment period and will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension. All future federal aid will be cancelled. The student will be notified by the Financial Aid Office of their suspension status. The student will remain on this status until they come into compliance with the standard policy or until they have appealed with a favorable decision.


Financial Aid Probation

Students who have successfully appealed will be placed on Financial Aid Probation. Students will receive notice that while on probation, they are eligible for federal aid for one subsequent payment period. Failure to meet the academic standards will result in the student being place on Financial Aid Suspension.


Financial Aid Appeal

Students who have been suspended or dismissed from their program may appeal for reconsideration, according to the standard MTSA Appeals Process. If the student’s appeal is granted, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation and be eligible for federal aid during their probationary period (one payment period). If the student does not meet the terms of the committee decision then the student will be placed back into Financial Aid Suspension and will not be eligible for federal aid.

Admission to MTSA or maintaining good academic standing as defined by individual academic programs does not necessarily constitute maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress for federal aid purposes.

A student who has failed to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards will be reconsidered for federal aid eligibility when:

  1. The student’s MTSA Transcript demonstrates that the student now meets all of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards, and
  2. The student has a FAFSA-federal aid application on file for the current award year.