IHEP Joins 27 Organizations in Urging Congress to Create a SAP ResetPublished Nov 14, 2022
Under the Higher Education Act (HEA), students must maintain a minimum grade point average GPA – a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale – and complete a minimum number of courses or credits to maintain eligibility for federal financial student aid. Students who are unable to meet these SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) requirements must pay out of pocket until they are able to improve their grades or complete a minimum number of courses or credits. In many cases, one bad semester can be enough to be “SAP-ed” out of higher education. This current policy leaves many potential students facing the additional burden of self-financing or finding private scholarships or grants while balancing myriad other factors as they navigate their higher education journey. Today more than 39 million Americans have some college but no degree, many of whom were unable to pay for classes out of pocket while working to improve their academic standing. Creating a SAP Reset would reopen the doors to federal financial aid for students to restart their progress, boost college completion, and strengthen the workforce.