Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Anglia Ruskin University is required by US regulations to ensure that all students applying for, or receiving, Federal Aid (subsidized, unsubsidized and PLUS) are making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in order to remain eligible to receive US loan support.

The SAP review will be conducted at least once annually, typically whenever a current or continuing student submits an application for Federal Aid. For students about to start a course, SAP is met by being accepted to Anglia Ruskin. In order to be making satisfactory academic progress a student should also not exceed 150% of the published time frame for the course and should remain at least half time.

Undergraduates: for new undergraduate students about to start a course as above, SAP is met by being accepted to Anglia Ruskin. Current undergraduates on submission of an application for federal aid we will confirm that you are making satisfactory academic progress. In order to be making satisfactory academic progress we will confirm that you are making good or satisfactory academic progress or at the very least confirm that your progress to date is anticipated to be sufficient for you to obtain a pass when you take your exams.

Graduates: for new graduate students about to start a course as above, SAP is met by being accepted to Anglia Ruskin. Current graduates on submission of an application for federal aid we will check your supervisor's most recent comments on our student records system. If there are either no comments or no recent comments we will e-mail your supervisor requesting confirmation that you are making satisfactory academic progress. In either case in order to be making satisfactory progress your supervisor should confirm that you are making good or satisfactory progress or at the very least confirm that your progress to date is anticipated to be sufficient for you to obtain a pass when you take your exams. Continuing graduate students e.g. MPhil students continuing to PhD. In order for you to meet satisfactory academic progress we will require confirmation that you have passed your current course and that you have met the conditions to be accepted onto your new course.

If we have been advised that you are not making satisfactory academic progress you will be placed on probation for six months. If this has happened and you subsequently meet the requirements in the next term you will be placed back into good Financial Aid Standing (SAP).

Any student who has been placed on probation and does not meet the requirements applicable to degree level will be suspended and ineligible to receive aid until such a time as they achieve the required standard.

Students who transfer into a new academic programme will also transfer with any SAP warning or sanction and will still need to meet the specified criteria in the new programme before re-establishing eligibility to receive aid.

As mentioned above in order to meet satisfactory academic requirements a student should not exceed 150% of the published time frame for the course and should remain at least half time.

Please also refer to the University's ‘Rules and Regulations’ which outline a series of regulations which will affect your time at Anglia Ruskin. It contains all the relevant rules and regulations that should be observed over the course of a student or staff member's involvement in the University community.