Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Frequently Asked Questions
It is very important that you take action after you receive notification that you did not make SAP. The Registrar has flagged you for one or more possible reasons:
- Your CGPA is not high enough
- Your pace is not at the required level
- You are in danger of exceeding the maximum time frame
Please refer to the main SAP page to read about the three benchmarks. Then be sure to contact the Academic Progress Office at 860‑913‑2142 to set up an academic progress meeting as soon as possible. Without taking action, the SAP hold will remain on your Sonis account.
An academic progress meeting is a supportive, informative opportunity to discuss your record of achievement in a friendly environment.
You will have the chance to discuss your goals and identify any obstacles that might be interfering with your progress. You will learn how the SAP policy affects all Goodwin students, regardless of their financial aid status.
If you have been placed on Academic Warning status, a support plan will be put in place to pinpoint resources that will help you succeed.
If you have been placed on probation, an individualized plan will be designed specifically for your unique situation.
The hold will remain on your account until you tend to this. Goodwin University wants each student to succeed, and we need to ensure that you understand how essential making satisfactory academic progress is to achieving your goals.
I was placed on warning for the current semester. What happens if I can’t meet the standards necessary after grades are posted this semester?
You will lose your financial aid eligibility. The only way to seek to restore your financial aid is to complete an appeal. A letter of appeal is not a guarantee that your financial aid eligibility will be reinstated.
Please keep in mind that there is a tight timeline between when you are notified that you did not make SAP for a second time and the deadline to turn in the appeal letter. If you think there is a chance that you will not make SAP after being on warning for a semester, please submit the appeal early to the Registrar Office.
If your appeal is approved, you will be placed on Probation with financial aid. Once on Probation, you will meet with the Academic Progress Coordinator to develop an individualized academic plan. The plan is a contract that you will need to follow in order to maintain your financial aid and eligibility and to earn a degree at Goodwin University. If at any point you are not able to meet the terms of your plan, you may lose your eligibility for financial aid and/or the ability to earn a degree at Goodwin University.
If your appeal is denied, you will be placed on academic probation without financial aid. To continue your studies at Goodwin you must set up a payment plan with the Business Office at 860‑727‑6784.
SAP is evaluated at the end of each semester, so each student’s academic standing (status) is subject to change after each evaluation. Academic Standing is updated for each registered student after grades are made official.
Each student will be assigned one of three possible statuses regarding their academic standing:
- The student has met each of the three benchmarks for SAP, and therefore is in good academic standing.
- The student has not met one or more of the three benchmarks for SAP and will be placed on Warning for the next semester for which they register.
- The student has successfully appealed to restore their Financial Aid and has been placed on academic probation with financial aid. Academic probation may last for more than one semester.
Students may be on academic warning for just one semester. If they do not restore their standing by the end of their semester on academic warning, they lose eligibility for financial aid. Goodwin University wants to ensure that students are given the necessary resources to improve their standing. This happens during an academic progress meeting, after a student is placed on academic warning or academic probation.
SAP measures your cumulative grade point average (CGPA). Cumulative means that an average is taken of all of your courses to date. Another part of meeting SAP standards is having a good rate of completion or “pace.” If you have withdrawn from too many courses, your pace may not be at the required level. Please read about all three SAP benchmarks carefully so you know exactly how they affect you.