Graduate, Doctorate, and Professional students receiving federal Title IV aid must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to maintain their eligibility for financial assistance. SAP is evaluated at the end of each trimester. To meet SAP, you must meet or exceed minimum academic performance levels in both qualitative and quantitative standards each trimester. All attempted Franklin credits are included in the qualitative component of SAP, excluding previous courses that have been repeated and withdrawn courses. All attempted credits are included in the quantitative component of SAP, including transfer credit, repeated coursework, and withdrawals. Both components also include courses a student takes for which they did not receive Title IV or State aid. SAP will be re-evaluated for qualitative and quantitative components of SAP for courses that are assigned an Incomplete grade at the end of the term, once the instructor submits the final grade.
Grade Point Average (GPA) - You must maintain a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0. The CGPA is based on attempted Franklin hours, even if you change your major/program before you complete your first program. The CGPA does not include transfer hours, remedial coursework, or withdrawn courses. A repeated course is included in the CGPA. The course that was repeated is not included in the CGPA.
Pace of Completion
You must be progressively working toward completion of your degree. You are measured on your hours attempted vs. hours successfully completed, even if you change your major/program before you complete your first program. Any course for which a charge is incurred is considered attempted.
Successful completion is defined as a course with one of the following grades: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-. Transfer credit is considered attempted and successfully completed. Repeated coursework is considered attempted; however, the prior course that is being repeated will not be considered as successfully completed hours.
Unsuccessful completion is any course which was assigned a grade of C+, C, C-; E, F, I, IF, NC, NZ, W, or Z.
You must successfully complete a minimum percentage of hours attempted based on the following chart.
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Maximum Time Frame (MTF) Allowed for Completing a Program
You must complete your degree in a reasonable amount of time as outlined in regulations. Under no circumstances may students pursusing their first Bachelor's degree exceed 150% of the time it requires to complete a program. If you are seeking a second Bachelor's (subsequent) degree, you may not exceed 120% of the time it requires to complete a program.
You must complete the minimum percentage of your total hours attempted and not exceed the specified amounts stated in the graduated scale below. A student who is exceeding MTF will be automatically withdrawn from federal aid. Student who have changed their major/program without completing the first program, can submit a SAP appeal requesting a review be completed to determine the applicable credit hours that apply toward his/her current program requirements, and request the University only consider current program hours toward MTF.
If enrolled in a graduate, doctorate, or professional program you cannot exceed five calendar years to complete your degree. If you exceed MTF, you will be automatically withdrawn from federal aid. Students who have changed their major/program without completing the first program, or dropped out for a period of time due to extenuating circumstances can submit an appeal.