How Foundational Courses Affect SAP

Based on testing, degree-seeking students may need to take foundational courses before enrolling in college-level English or math courses. For students who require foundational courses, these courses are considered part of the program of study. These courses carry no academic credit hours but, for purposes of establishing enrollment status for federal financial aid eligibility, each foundational course equates to three credits.

Foundational courses may be repeated only once without departmental permission, and under no circumstance will a student be permitted to attempt a foundational course more than three times. Foundational courses may be eligible for federal financial aid, however, students are eligible for financial aid for only a maximum of 30 credits (10 attempted courses) as long as the student maintains SAP.

SAP is monitored on foundational courses; however foundational courses are not included in the CGPA, the pace of completion, or maximum timeframe calculations. The qualitative and quantitative SAP measurements for foundational courses are assessed separately by monitoring the student’s successful completion and grades in these courses.

Foundational courses are measured qualitatively by reviewing the successful completion of these courses after attempting four foundational courses. A student must receive a C or higher grade in a minimum of two courses. After attempting more than four foundational courses, a student must receive a C or higher grade in at least 50% of foundational courses attempted. If the student fails to meet this criterion, he/she is considered not to be making SAP and placed on Financial Aid/Academic Warning for the next semester.

At the end of the semester during which the student was on Financial Aid/Academic Warning status, the institution will evaluate the student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress to determine if the student is meeting the minimum standards of SAP for foundational courses. Students on a Financial Aid/Academic Warning who meet the standard of receiving a C or higher in at least 50% of foundational courses attempted will be returned to good standing. If the student does not meet the requirement at the time of evaluation, the student is no longer eligible to receive federal financial aid funds, unless the student successfully appeals the determination and is placed on Financial Aid/Academic Probation. If the college approves the appeal and determines that the student can meet the 50% standard by the end of the subsequent semester, the student will be assigned the status of Financial Aid/Academic Probation and will have his or her eligibility to receive federal financial aid funds reinstated for one semester. If at the end of the semester that a student is on Financial Aid/Academic Probation for foundational courses the student fails to meet the 50% standard, the student will no longer be eligible to receive federal financial aid for foundational courses.

Foundational courses are evaluated quantitatively by limiting the number of foundational course repeats. At the point that the institution determines that a student cannot complete all required foundational courses within attempting 30 credits, the student will no longer be eligible for federal financial aid for foundational courses.