How will Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) be calculated by the Office of Financial Aid for Spring 2020?

Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:31 pm, Last Updated: April 1, 2020 at 1:55 pm

The U.S. Department of Education is still requiring that we calculate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of spring semester, as of now.

If students elect the standard grading system, SAP calculates as normal.

Students who matriculated at Mason in spring 2020 will have issues with the SAP GPA rule if they elect all alternate grades. Pace (attempted and earned credits) can be tracked correctly, but if spring 2020 matriculants elect all alternate grades, they would have NO GPA so they would pass for pace but fail the GPA rule since they would show no GPA but earned credits. Mason will manually review those students with mixed XP and XN grades.

If students select all alternate grades and were at Mason previously, their GPA will carry over from that point. So a student with a good cumulative GPA from fall 2019 would keep that GPA, but a student with a low GPA could not improve if they select all alternate grades.

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