Financial Aid Policies for Business
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
All students enrolled in an undergraduate degree completion program or graduate program through the School of Business must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy as determined by the University of Redlands in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education. Students will be evaluated at the end of their first 12 month period and for each period thereafter. SAP is evaluated both on quantitative (number of credits earned) and qualitative (cumulative GPA) measurements. See below for an explanation of both measurements.
Quantitative SAP: All students must complete at least 80% of their attempted units in each academic year. For example, a student whose program is 24 units for the year must complete a minimum of 19 units to be compliant.
Qualitative SAP: All students must maintain a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 in undergraduate programs and 3.0 in graduate programs.
Students who do not meet the SAP requirements by the end of their first year of study may be placed on financial aid probation. Students who do not meet subsequent SAP assessments while on probation will be placed on a financial aid suspension.
If you wish to withdraw from your program, or from classes within the program, you must contact your academic advisor. If you withdraw during a payment period the Office of Financial Aid must perform a calculation of “earned” versus “unearned” federal aid. This federal policy assumes you earn your aid based on how much time has elapsed in your payment period. If you receive federal financial aid, that aid may be reduced as a result of your withdrawal. There are three steps that the University of Redlands must complete to comply with federal policy:
- Determine the withdrawal date.
- Determine the amount of earned federal aid.
- Return the unearned federal funds to the appropriate program(s).
The withdrawal date is the date you begin the withdrawal process. If you fail to withdraw officially, the withdrawal date will become the midpoint of the term, unless the University can document a later date. In certain circumstances, if an earlier date of last academic activity is determined, this date may be used in the calculation of “earned” federal aid. If you withdraw before completing 60 percent of the term, you “earn” federal funds in direct proportion to the length of time you were enrolled. The percentage of aid is determined by dividing the total number of calendar days enrolled by the total number of calendar days in the term. If you complete 60 percent of the term, you earn all federal aid for the term.
The responsibility to repay unearned aid is shared by the institution (University of Redlands) and the student. The institution’s share is the lesser of unearned aid or unearned charges and must be repaid to the federal aid programs in the following order, before the student’s share is considered:
- Unsubsidized Direct Loan
- Subsidized Direct Loan
- Perkins Loan
- PLUS Loan
- Pell Grant
- Academic Competitiveness Grant
- National SMART Grant
- Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
- TEACH Grant
- Other Title IV Assistance
If you are required to repay a portion of your loan through the student’s share calculation, you will not be expected to return those funds immediately, but rather when repayment begins according to the terms and conditions of your promissory note. If your share includes grant funds, federal rules allow the grant to be reduced by 50 percent, and the University of Redlands will repay these grant programs on your behalf. You will be responsible for repaying the University directly for any student account balance remaining after funds have been paid to the federal government on your behalf.