Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) refers to a level of achievement that students must uphold in order to earn a degree at Goodwin and maintain their financial aid eligibility.

Three times per year, after final grades are posted, Goodwin College reviews each student’s record to determine their academic standing. Students are notified if they have not met SAP requirements.

SAP Benchmarks

Qualitative Component - Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

Semester Minimum CGPA
1st 1.6
2nd and 3rd 1.8
4th and beyond 2.0

Quantitative Component - Rate of Completion

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Number of Credits Attempted Pace
Less than 30 50%
Between 31-60 60%
Between 61-180 66.6%

Associate Degree Programs

Number of Credits Attempted Pace
Less than 30 50%
Greater than 30 66.6%

Certificate Programs

Number of Credits Attempted Pace
0-12 50%
Between 13-24 60%
Over 24 66.6%

*Certificate programs less than one-year require a pace of 66.6% at each evaluation point.

Quantitative Component- Maximum Time Frame (MTF)

The total credit hours attempted are within 150% of the total credit hours required by the student’s declared program. If you have taken Foundational courses, you must have passed two of them once you have completed four. Foundational courses are not calculated into the student’s GPA or CGPA, nor do they count in the rate of completion.

Pace (also known as “rate of completion”) is calculated by dividing the number of credits received by the number of credits attempted.

Maximum Time Frame (MTF) Students cannot exceed the Maximum Time Frame (MTF). MTF is one and one half times the normal time frame to complete a degree. For an Associate degree, students may not attempt more than 90 credits. For a Bachelor degree, students may not attempt more than 180 credits. Once MTF is reached, students are no longer eligible for financial aid. Continuation in their program of study is subject to restrictions.

How can this affect me?

Students who do not make SAP risk losing financial aid and getting dismissed from the college.

View more information about SAP.

How can I avoid getting in SAP trouble?

The best thing to do is to commit to passing each course for which you register. Students should do their best to avoid getting “F’s”, “W’s” or “UG’s” on your transcript, or repeating courses. These will negatively impact making SAP.

Goodwin College upon request and with appropriate documentation, may medically withdraw a student from their courses due to serious medical conditions that prohibit the student from completing his/her courses. Medical Withdrawals may affect a student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress.

What happens when placed on Warning status?

The Academic Warning status lasts one semester. Students must meet with the Academic Progress Coordinator to assess their goals, academic situation, and develop a support plan. This is known as an academic progress meeting.

Students on Academic Warning who do not take part in an academic progress meeting prior to the sixth week of the semester will have a registration hold placed on their account.

If a student cannot restore their academic standing after one semester on Academic Warning, they will be notified that they no longer have eligibility for federal financial aid. If they choose to continue their studies at Goodwin, they will need to find alternative funding. The only way to try to restore eligibility is to submit a letter of appeal.

Information regarding an appeal is available by clicking this link. Students are advised to monitor their email accounts as well as mail from the U.S. Postal Service.

If a student doesn't make SAP after being on Academic Warning for a semester, they must file an appeal to attempt to be placed on Probation. There is a very tight deadline for filing appeals. A student on Academic Warning, who knows that they will not meet SAP benchmarks at the conclusion of the current semester, should turn in an appeal letter as soon as possible to the Registrar Office. The ultimate deadline to turn in an appeal for review prior to the next semester is at noon on the last Thursday prior to a new semester start.

Once on Probation, the student must follow an individualized plan to work toward reinstatement of SAP.

Questions? Contact:

Allison Misky
  • Phone860.913.2117
  • OfficeOne Riverside Drive - 143 (Registrar Office)