For the 2022-2023 academic year, Central partnered with Inceptia. If your FAFSA was chosen for Verification be on the lookout for emails from VGCS@Inceptia.org.
For the 2023-2024 academic year, Central will not be using Inceptia. If you were chosen for Verification, you should receive an email from our office. You can also verify all requirements through the Central Pipeline under the 2023-2024 Financial Aid Requirements/Documents.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Satisfactory Academic Progress is a standard used to measure a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a degree. Central is required via federal regulation to establish a SAP Policy to determine whether continues to make satisfactory progress toward earning their degree. Students who are found to be in violation of the parameters set forth by this policy are ineligible to receive most forms of federal, state, and institutional financial aid. At the end of each semester, we review each financial aid recipient's cumulative grade point average (GPA), credit completion rate, and degree program maximum timeframe.
1. Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average
Undergraduates: 2.0 GPA
Graduate/Professionals: 3.0 GPA
2. Credit Completion Rate
All students must show a completion rate over 67.5% of all attempted coursework in their degree program.
EXAMPLE: Consider a first-year student. They earn 9 credits out of their attempted 12 (9/12 = 0.75). Their completion rate is 75% and considered meeting this portion of the SAP Policy.
3. Exceeding Degree Program Maximum Time Frame (150% Rule)
All students are expected to complete their degree within a specific timeframe, as measured in credit hours. Students are expected to complete their degree within in a timeframe that does not exceed 150% of its published length (including transfer credits).
EXAMPLE: A student has attempted over 180 credit hours for a degree requiring 120 credits to graduate (this can happen for a variety of reason such as transferring a bulk of credit hours). They exceed the 150% rule and considered not meeting this portion of the SAP Policy.
Failure to meet SAP Requirements does not result in an immediate disqualification of aid eligibility. Students are given one semester of SAP probation, which allows the opportunity to increase the GPA and/or better their credit completion rate. If they are still unable to meet the SAP Requirements, there is an opportunity to appeal based on unusual circumstances. Our university Registrar's Office reviews all SAP Appeal Form (available here).
Readmitted students, such as Fresh Start Applicants, must also complete a SAP Appeal if they left the university failing to meet the SAP Policy.
If you officially withdraw from the University, drop out/stop attending classes, or are dismissed, your financial aid may be impacted. We recommend discussing this matter with our office prior to making any such decision.
Withdrawn Coursework/Return to Title IV Aid