Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress

In addition to all Christian Theological Seminary academic requirements, recipients of Federal Stafford Loans and Federal Work-Study funds must meet the following standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to establish and maintain eligibility for assistance from these programs:

    • Successful pace by completion of at least 67% of all coursework attempted.  Pace is measured by dividing the cumulative number of hours successfully completed by the cumulative number of hours attempted.
    • Attempted coursework is defined as any course in which a student is enrolled at the end of the 100% refund period
    • Successful completion of coursework is defined as receipt of a grade of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C,C-, D+, D, D-, or P if a course is taken as pass/fail
    • Unsuccessful completion of coursework is defined as receipt of a grade of F, I, or W.
    • Successful completion of coursework for the Doctor of Ministry Programs is defined as B- or higher in all courses applied toward the degree.
    • Successful completion of coursework for the Doctor of Ministry Programs is defined as B- or higher in all courses applied toward the degree.
    • Repeated coursework is counted only once toward completion of academic progress requirements.
    • Credit hours officially accepted in transfer and specifically applied toward a student's degree program are counted as both attempted and completed hours.

 

The limit of attempted credit hours and minimum cumulative GPA requirements are as follows:

Degree Program
 Attempted Hour Maximum
 GPA
Master of Divinity 126 2.50
M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy 113 2.70
M.A. in Mental Health Counseling 113 2.70
Master of Theological Studies 72 2.70
M.A. in Multicultural Christian Education 74 2.50
M.Div / M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy 186 2.70
M.Div / M.A. in Mental Health Counseling 186 2.70
Master of Sacred Theology 45 2.50
M.Div / M.A. Multicultural Christian Educational
162 2.50
M.Div / Master of Theological Studies 162 2.70

Doctor of Ministry and Pastoral Care

Degree Program
 Attempted Hour Maximum
 GPA
Mental Health Counseling (licensure) 90 3.0
Marriage and Family Therapy (licensure) 90 3.0
Spiritual Direction 59 3.0
Clinical Pastoral Education 59 3.0


Repeated coursework is counted as many times as the course is repeated in the computation of total hours attempted.

Courses that are assigned an incomplete grade are included in the cumulative hours attempted but cannot be used as credits earned toward progress standards until a successful grade is assigned.

Satisfactory Academic Progress will be reviewed after each enrollment period (Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session). Financial aid already offered for the following enrollment period(s) may be canceled if academic progress is found to be unsuccessful during this review.

If progress is determined to be insufficient during the review process, students will be placed on Financial Aid Warning status.  Students will receive written notification when placed on Financial Aid Warning status.

Students on Financial Aid Warning status will be eligible to continue to receive federal financial aid.

If satisfactory progress is not made during the semester while on Financial Aid Warning status, eligibility for all future aid will be terminated.  Students will receive written notification of termination of financial aid eligibility.

Financial Aid Eligibility Termination Appeal Process

A student who wishes to appeal the termination of financial aid eligibility will be required to submit a written appeal to the Director of Financial Aid.  The written appeal must state why the student failed to make Satisfactory Academic Progress and what has changed in the student's situation that will allow the student to demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress at the next evaluation.

Appeals may be based on the following circumstances:

Personal medical condition impeded progress; written statement from student’s health care professional or other documentation required.

Death or life-threatening medical condition of immediate family member; written statement from health care professional or other documentation required.

Student experienced extraordinary situation or problem which necessitated professional intervention to overcome; statement from health care professional or other documentation required.

Other extenuating circumstances prevented achievement of academic progress; documentation required. 

The Director of Financial Aid will review all appeals and provide a written statement as to the disposition of the appeal. 

Students whose appeals are accepted will be placed on Financial Aid Warning status.  If Satisfactory Progress is not maintained while on Financial Aid Warning status after reinstatement per appeal, financial aid eligibility will be terminated. 

A student may file one appeal of financial aid termination status.

Reestablishing Aid Eligibility
If satisfactory progress is not made during the semester while on Probation status, a student may regain eligibility only by taking action that brings the student into compliance with all standards listed in the CTS Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.