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Satisfactory Academic Policy


Federal regulations require that schools monitor the academic progress of each applicant and that the school certify that the applicant is making satisfactory academic progress towards earning his/her degree or certificate. Financial aid recipients must maintain satisfactory progress in the three areas listed below:

  1. Cumulative Grade Point Average (qualitative)
  2. Hours Earned (quantitative)
  3. Maximum Length of Study (pace of progression)

For Satisfactory Academic Progress purposes, student’s academic records are reviewed by the Financial Aid Office at the end of each semester. Federal regulations require the College of Menominee Nation to establish Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress, involving both qualitative (cumulative grade point average) and quantitative (cumulative hours earned compared to hours attempted), and maximum length of study. To be eligible for financial aid at the College of Menominee Nation, whether or not aid was received in the past, students must be in compliance with all three of the following areas: cumulative GPA, cumulative hour’s earned, and maximum length of study.

  1. Cumulative Grade Point Average - The student must receive a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  2. Cumulative Hours Earned - The student must receive passing grades (A, AB, B, BC, C, CD, D) in at least 67% of credits attempted. "W", "I", and “AW” grades are not considered completed and will count against your attempted credit calculation.
  3. Maximum Length of Study - The student must complete their program within 150% of the published program credits in order to remain eligible for funding. This rule means that if you attempt more than 150% of the credit hours needed to graduate from your program of study, you will not be eligible to receive financial aid. All of the credits that have been attempted at CMN or transferred to CMN, whether you were eligible for financial aid or not, are counted in this 150% rule calculation.

Failure to meet the academic progress standards for one semester results in financial aid warning. Students on financial aid warning are eligible for Title IV Funds.


Failure to meet the academic progress standards for two consecutive semesters may result in financial aid suspension. Students on financial aid suspension are not eligible for Title IV Funds, unless an appeal has been approved.


A student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation who has successfully appealed and has had eligibility for financial aid reinstated. A student on Financial Aid Probation is only eligible to receive one semester of financial aid while on Financial Aid Probation.


Other Eligibility Factors/Considerations


Changed/added majors

In some cases students may decide to pursue multiple majors or will decide to change their majors. Students who attempt to do so will still be monitored for maximum timeframe limitations in the same manner as all students. Depending on the timing of the change and/or the difference between the majors, length of time may be a problem for students and a loss of aid eligibility may result. Carefully review your situation to prevent loss of eligibility before the completion of any degree requirements. It is important to note as well that, per regulation, once it has been determined a student has met the graduation requirements in a degree program, their aid eligibility will cease.


Consortium Agreements

If you have a Consortium Agreement on file for a given semester, those credits will count as credits attempted but not completed until an official transcript is reviewed by the Registrar's Office. Be sure to submit a transcript as soon as your class(es) are finished. Consortium credits will impact the maximum timeframe and completion rate measurements. Since GPA does not transfer from other universities, grades from Consortium Agreement credits will not affect your cumulative GPA.


Prior Degrees

Once you have completed a Bachelor's degree, your financial aid options will be limited. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree are not eligible for aid.


Repeated Coursework

The ability to repeat coursework is defined by institutional policy. However, repeated coursework may have an impact on your SAP status. Successfully repeating a course can help raise your cumulative GPA (i.e. to reach the cumulative 2.0 standard). The grade from your most recent attempt replaces the prior grade and is used to determine cumulative GPA. However, each time you take a course it counts toward your attempted credit limit. The initial attempt will count as will any repeated attempt.


Incomplete Grade

Incomplete grades count as attempted credits and therefore affect the measurements of completion rate and maximum timeframe. Students that do not complete the coursework in the time allowed by institutional policy will have the “I” lapse to an “F”. That “F” will then also affect the cumulative GPA measurement.

Transfer Credits

All accepted transfer credits will be counted as attempted and completed credits when measuring cumulative completion rates and attempted credit maximums. Transfer students are encouraged to meet with a Student Achievement Specialist early in order to ensure proper course selection and to develop a plan for program completion. SAP standards will remain the same for these students.


Appeal Process

Federal regulations allow for certain cases in which the school may waive the standards. Specifically, if a student’s failure to be in compliance with one or more areas of satisfactory academic progress is due to events beyond the student’s control, such as a student’s extended illness, serious illness or death in the immediate family, or other significant trauma, and if such mitigating circumstances can be appropriately documented for the specific term(s) in which the deficiency occurred, the student may appeal to the Financial Aid Office. The appeal should address and document these extenuating circumstances, why he/she failed to make Satisfactory Academic Progress and what has changed that will allow the student to make SAP at the next evaluation. Eligibility may be regained by appeal. Contact the financial aid office to obtain a Financial Aid Appeals Form.





SAP Appeal Form

Financial Aid Academic Plan