Berry College seeks to admit those students who could be academically successful at the institution while meeting their personal educational goals. Each applicant’s record should reflect promise of growth, seriousness of purpose and a sense of responsibility.
The college reserves the right to admit only those applicants whose general records indicate potential for success in a college environment. The college also reserves the right to examine further any applicant by the use of psychological, achievement or aptitude tests and personal interview.
Berry College admits students of any race, creed, color, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, or qualified handicap to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to its students. Berry does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, or handicap in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other college-administered programs. Under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, Berry College permits the student access to educational information maintained on her or him by the institution.
Admission to the college does not guarantee entry into or successful completion of any particular course of study.
Berry College reserves the right to change admission requirements. Failure to provide accurate and true information on the admissions application or the submitting of work that is not one’s own on the admission application may cause the college to revoke or invalidate the admission of any student.
Undergraduate Application Procedures
The prospective student should accomplish these tasks by the application deadline posted on the admissions website:
- Submit the application for admission and supporting essay(s).
- Ask the high-school counselor to send a transcript to the college’s office of admissions. A student transferring from another college must submit official transcripts from each college or university previously attended.
- Graduates from a high school in a non-English speaking country should submit TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores.
- Copies of SAT or ACT scores.
- Counselor or teacher recommendations.
Students should notify the office of admissions immediately of any change in status or address.
If granted admission, the applicant will be given instructions on payment of the enrollment deposit. Applicants for the fall semester are encouraged to submit applications by November 1 in order to receive full consideration for scholarships and financial aid.
Applications for admission should be filed no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought. Further, all transcripts and scores must be received by the admissions office at least 10 days prior to the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought. Students who fail to meet this deadline will not be allowed to matriculate.
Candidates for Readmission
Former Berry College students must submit an application for readmission by the stated deadline. In addition to the application for readmission, the student who has been enrolled elsewhere since attending Berry College must submit an official transcript from the other college or university.
For students applying in fall 2021 and beyond, ACT or SAT scores are not required as part of the admission process, though students are encouraged to submit scores where available. Submitted test scores (or a lack of test scores) will not negatively impact admission and will not be used in awarding merit-based scholarships.
Our data indicate that SAT and ACT scores are not the best measures of potential student success. In fact, our holistic review process has always centered on getting to know you as an individual through your admission application, your academic performance as indicated by your school transcripts, your extra-curricular engagement and your personal essay.
Admission to the freshman class is based upon probable success at Berry determined from a holistic review of high-school grades and college-entrance test scores, grade trends, the rigor of coursework and other relevant factors.
Prospective students are high-school graduates with at least 20 units of high-school work. Adequate academic preparation for college should include these minimum recommendations:
||Mathematics (Algebra I and II and either Geometry or Trigonometry and the fourth unit higher than Algebra II)
High School Equivalency Certificate
An applicant who presents a valid High School Equivalency Certificate and General Education Development test scores in lieu of a high-school diploma may be considered for admission. Such applicants may also be required to submit the results of either the ACT or SAT I.
To qualify for admission to Berry, a transfer student must:
- be eligible to return to the college or university last attended;
- have a grade point average that the Admissions Committee sees as clear evidence of probable academic success at Berry College.
Transfer applicants must arrange to have an official transcript sent directly from each college or university previously attended to the Berry College Office of Admissions. Transfer applicants in their first semester of enrollment at a college or university must also submit high school transcripts. Prior college work, about which Berry College is uninformed at the time of the student’s application for admission, will not later be accepted for transfer credit. Failure to report such work may be grounds for dismissal from Berry.
A rising high-school senior may study during the regular academic year or the summer session at Berry College and receive credit for successfully completed work if he or she
- has and appropriate Berry calculated GPA in core classes. A 3.5 GPA is preferred;
- is recommended by the senior counselor, high-school principal and a high-school teacher;
- has appropriate SAT (or PSAT) scores, including 600 Math, 600 Critical Reading for 1200 (or 1200) total or better, or an ACT composite score of at least 26;
- has interviewed (either with an admission representative or faculty member) to inquire about her or his intent to be at Berry based on selectivity of process;
- completes the standard application for Berry admission (which includes the traditional essay and short answer regarding a desire to be at Berry);
- agrees to abide by the policies of the college;
- takes no more than six semester hours per term.
Auditor, Non-Degree, & Senior Citizens
Normally students are admitted to Berry College as degree seeking students. Occasionally, a student may desire to take a limited number of courses without working toward a degree. Students who seek to take classes as a non-degree student should meet the same entry standards as degree seeking students. Non-degree students who are admitted will register for coursework after the degree-seeking students have registered and may use the library facilities and attend any concerts, lecture, or events that are open to the public. Since part-time students and senior citizens who take courses as auditors or non-degree students do not pay the student activities fee, they are not eligible to use the Cage, gain free student entry to athletic events, or participate in events supported by the student activity fee.
After admission to the college, a student who desires to enroll for a course without receiving academic credit may enroll as an auditor. The student must receive the approval of the instructor prior to registering. Auditors will not be permitted to change to credit status after the end of the add/drop period. The tuition for auditing a class is listed in the table of tuition and fees.
A student under suspension may not enroll in any course as an auditor without having been reinstated at Berry.
After admission to the college, a student who desires to enroll in courses for academic credit but is not working toward a degree may enroll in coursework as a non-degree student. Typically non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid. Without the special permission of the provost, students are limited to no more than a total of 30 semester hours as a non-degree student. Non-degree students are subject to the same tuition outlined in the table of tuition and fees.
Credit earned as a non-degree student will be evaluated for degree applicability when/if the student enrolls as a degree seeking student. Non-degree students must meet course prerequisites or obtain the consent of the instructor to enroll in a course.
Successful completion of course work as a non-degree student does not ensure admission to degree-seeking status.
Berry College allows senior citizens over the age of 65 to enroll as non-degree students. Senior Citizens with a prior baccalaureate degree or who meet the enrollment standards of the college may audit or take courses as non-degree seeking students. The criteria and permissions noted above for auditors and non-degree students apply to senior citizens as well. Senior Citizens may register for courses after all degree-seeking students have registered, may take one course each semester and are limited to a maximum of 30 credit hours of coursework as a senior citizen. While senior citizens are not charged normal tuition, a nominal $50 per course administrative fee is required.
These policies apply to students transferring work from another institution to Berry. Further details about Berry College’s policy on awarding of credit are included in the Academic Standards section of the College Catalog.
- In the computation of a student’s grade-point average (GPA) at another school, all course work except developmental or other remedial-type courses enters into the computation. Pluses and minuses are calculated using the Berry grading system.
- Berry accepts only C- grades or better in transfer.
- Once a student is enrolled at Berry, her or his Berry cumulative GPA reflects Berry work only, except for determining Phi Kappa Phi membership, class rank and graduation with honors when the combined GPA is used.
- For students transferring to Berry, 3.33 semester hours will be granted for a five-quarter-hour course; 2.66 semester hours for a four-quarter-hour course; 2.00 semester hours for a three quarter-hour course; 1.33 semester hours for a two-quarter-hour course; and 0.67 semester hours will be granted for a one-quarter-hour course.
- Developmental, orientation, student-assembly and cultural-events credits are not transferable to Berry.
- Generally, credit is not given for course work unrelated to Berry’s offerings (e.g., auto mechanics and other terminal vocational, technical and occupational courses).
- Transfer credit will not be granted by Berry College for course work from non-accredited institutions or for prior experiential learning. Students who wish to demonstrate proficiency in an area covered by specific Berry courses may do so by applying for a course challenge. See the section on Course Challenge for further details.
- Only official transcripts sent directly from the colleges attended will be evaluated.
An applicant who has been attending another institution and desires to enroll for a course(s) at Berry must:
- have a collegiate grade-point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale at the last institution attended;
- be in good standing at the last institution attended;
- and obtain permission from the last institution attended to take a course(s) at Berry.
Admission as a transient student is granted for only one semester. Successful completion of coursework as a transient student does not ensure admission as a degree-seeking student.
In addition to the requirements for a specific admissions category, an applicant from a non-English-speaking country must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores, along with translated transcripts.
Admission to Graduate Study
For information on admission to graduate study for the Master of Business Administration degree, Master of Education degree or Education Specialist degree, see the Graduate Catalog.
Information for Veterans
Berry College has been approved by the Georgia State Approving Agency to receive VA education benefits. Veterans seeking admission to the college should promptly notify the Registrar so that applications for educational benefits may be filed. All applications for benefits are subject to the approval of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Berry College is qualified to receive benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs through their numerous programs. Students may learn more about the benefit programs from the Veterans Affairs website. The Registrar’s office coordinates a student’s application and certification to the Department of Veterans Affairs and works closely with the Financial Aid office to ensure a seamless application of awarded benefits. Student with questions may speak with the Registrar about the application/eligibility for benefits or with the Financial Aid office for questions about the integration of these benefits with other forms of aid. All benefits are subject to approval by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Any VA covered individual will be allowed attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 (a “certificate of eligibility” can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) website - eBenefits, or a VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:
- The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.
- 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.
Berry College will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33.
Berry College is committed to assisting students and their families in securing resources to attend the college through the use of institutional, federal and state funding. Every student is encouraged to apply for financial aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Since our founding, Berry has partnered with our families to help make a quality education affordable by providing significant financial aid. The amount of merit and need based aid awarded will depend upon the residential status (residential or commuter) and may change if the residential status changes. Unless specifically stated, all financial aid provided by Berry College is applied toward total costs (tuition, required fees, room and board) and is not applied solely to tuition. Berry College financial aid used to cover portions of total costs are not refundable to students.
To meet general eligibility requirements to be considered for financial aid, a student:
- must be admitted to Berry College as a regular admitted, degree seeking student;
- must be a U.S. citizen, eligible non-citizen, U.S. national or have an acceptable immigrant visa;
- must have a valid Social Security Number (SSN);
- must be in compliance with Selective Service registration requirements;
- must not be in default on prior education loans, nor owe repayment of federal grant programs;
- must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress and be in good academic standing with the college as defined in this Catalog.
- must be enrolled as a full time student to receive institutional scholarships and grants. (minimum of 12 credit hours per semester at the undergraduate level and 9 credit hours at the graduate level).
- must be enrolled at least half time to receive federal aid and private student loans. (minimum 6 credit hours per semester for undergraduates or 5 credit hours for graduates);
- must be in compliance with federal regulations regarding drug convictions for federal aid
- must be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Post-secondary Education Act of 1990 to receive state of Georgia program funds.
Some scholarships have additional requirements to receive and maintain funding. Examples of such requirements may include but are not limited to financial need, minimum grade point average, major, year in school and student work. Students should be familiar with their financial aid offer conditions and requirements, which can be viewed anytime from the student portal on VikingWeb.
Applying for Financial Aid
Information about applying for financial aid can be found on the Berry College website, berry.edu. The website provides links to state programs for Georgia residents, GAFutures.org and the federal website for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, www.fafsa.gov. All new and returning students are required to notify the Office of Financial Aid about scholarship offers received from outside sources.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Submission of the FAFSA (or renewal FAFSA for continuing students) is required to determine eligibility for need-based assistance.
- The FAFSA is required to participate in Federal Direct Loan programs.
- The FAFSA or a GSFAPPS (available at GAfutures.org) is required for all of Georgia’s state programs. State loan programs require a FAFSA.
- The FAFSA is submitted to the federal processing center online at fafsa.gov.
- In order for Berry College to receive FAFSA information, our Title IV School Code (001554) must be included.
- Once processed, FAFSA information is released electronically to Berry College.
Verification is a process in which information on a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is reviewed by schools for accuracy and completeness. Triggers that could cause the federal processor to select a FAFSA for verification include incomplete or inconsistent information. However, verification selection is also random. Berry College also reserves the right to select each student’s FAFSA for verification.
Financial Aid Resources
The most common sources of financial assistance are federal, state and institutional aid.
Federal programs provide the financial aid foundation for students who demonstrate financial need. Application for federal funds is made by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal programs available to qualified students include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal Work Study, Federal TEACH Grant, Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Student Loan and Federal PLUS Loan programs.
Federal Pell Grant
A Federal Pell Grant does not need to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants are offered only to undergraduate students who do not have a bachelor or a professional degree.
Maximum and minimum Federal Pell Grant amounts change yearly and are determined by the federal government. The amount a student is offered depends on their financial need, cost of attendance, status as a full time or part time student and attendance for a full academic year or less. Federal Pell Grant funds cannot be received at more than one school at a time. The maximum time a Pell Grant can be received is 150 percent of the time it takes to earn a degree.
Federal Work Study (FWS)
Federal Work Study provides part time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The FWS program is campus based with limited funds.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The FSEOG does not need to be repaid. The student must be Pell eligible and have maximum financial need for FSEOG eligibility. The FSEOG program is campus based and, therefore, administered by the participating school’s financial aid office.
Each participating school receives limited FSEOG funds annually from the U.S. Department of Education, and these funds are offered first come, first served.
Federal TEACH Grant
The TEACH program provides grants to students who are completing or who plan to coursework needed for career in teaching. To receive a TEACH Grant, a student must agree to serve in a low income school in a high need field. The student has eight years to fulfill four years of teaching service. Berry College undergraduates can receive the TEACH Grant in their junior and senior years. The Charter School of Education and the Office of Financial Aid determines TEACH eligibility within federal guidelines.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If the service obligation is not met, TEACH grant funds received convert to an unsubsidized loan with interest dating back to the first grant offer.
Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
Subsidized loans are available to undergraduates who are enrolled at least half-time and have financial need. The school determines the amount that can be borrowed, and the amount may not exceed financial need. Loan amounts are also based on the student’s year in school and financial need. The interest rate is fixed and determined by the federal government. For a subsidized loan, the U.S. Department of Education pays the interest while the student is in college. For the most up-to-date interest rates and policies governing Federal Direct Loans we encourage you to refer to studentaid.gov
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
Unsubsidized loans are available to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled at least half-time; financial need is not required. The school determines the amount that can be borrowed by considering the cost of attendance and other financial aid received. Loan amounts are also based on the student’s year in school. For the most up-to-date interest rates and policies governing Federal Direct Loans we encourage you to refer to www.studentloans.gov or www.studentaid.ed.gov
For an unsubsidized loan, the student pays the interest during all periods of the loan. If the student chooses to defer the interest while in school and in grace, deferment or forbearance periods, the interest will accrue and be added to the principal amount of the loan.
Federal Direct PLUS Loan
PLUS loans are available for eligible graduate or professional degree students and parents of dependent undergraduate students. Other PLUS loan requirements include:
- The U.S. Department of Education is the lender.
- The borrower must not have an adverse credit history.
- Loans have a fixed interest rate
- The maximum loan amount is the school’s cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received.
Georgia State Programs
Students must complete the FAFSA application or the GSFAPPS at GAfutures.org in order to be eligible for GTEG and HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship funds.
Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant (GTEG)
The state of Georgia funds the Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant (GTEG) for eligible students. The GTEG is offered to full time undergraduates who are residents of Georgia and attend Berry or other eligible private schools.
The HOPE Scholarship is a lottery-funded program. This scholarship is available to eligible Georgia residents who demonstrate academic achievement. The Hope scholarship is offered to undergraduates who are enrolled at least half-time and who attend HOPE eligible colleges or universities in Georgia. For continuation of the HOPE scholarship, a 3.0 HOPE grade point average is required for undergraduate students.
Zell Miller Scholarship
The Zell Miller Scholarship is a lottery-funded program. This scholarship is available to eligible Georgia residents who demonstrate academic achievement at a higher level than the HOPE Scholarship. The Zell Miller scholarship is offered to undergraduates who are enrolled at least half-time and who attend HOPE eligible colleges or universities in Georgia. For continuation of the Zell Miller Scholarship, a 3.3 HOPE grade point average is required for undergraduate students.
Note: For continued eligibility of HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships, grade point average is reviewed after 30, 60 and 90 attempted credit hours and at the end of each spring semester. Undergraduates who are not initially eligible for Hope or who lose their HOPE or Zell Miller scholarship may gain eligibility with the required grade point average after having attempted 30, 60 or 90 credit hours.
Student Access Loan Program
The Georgia Student Access Loan (SAL) is a limited resource loan program that is designed to assist undergraduate students who have a gap in meeting their educational costs. Eligibility criteria includes:
- Be considered Georgia resident and United States citizens or eligible non-citizens.
- Complete a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to apply for this program.
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in accordance with the SAP policy at your college or university.
- Have applied for and exhausted all other student financial aid programs including federal and state student loans, scholarship, and grant programs.
Institutional Financial Aid Programs
Full time enrollment is required in order to receive Berry institutional funds. Enrollment changes that place a student below full-time may also require an adjustment to the financial aid offer. In addition, institutional funds are limited to four years (eight semesters) of enrollment.
- Most of the institutional funds Berry College offers are limited to direct costs, which are defined as tuition, fees, room, board and books.
- Students are responsible for meeting the conditions of their offer and the renewal criteria required for specific financial aid programs.
Academic scholarships require a specific grade point average (GPA) for renewal and are evaluated at the end of each spring semester to determine eligibility for the next academic year. The Berry calculated GPA is used in evaluating the renewal of institutional scholarships offered at Berry.
To renew academic scholarships, a 2.0 Berry cumulative GPA required at the end of each spring semester.
Out of State Grant - Students who are not Georgia residents may be eligible for a Berry College Out of State grant. Grant amounts and eligibility requirements are determined during the admission process. If offered an out of state grant, a 2.0 Berry cumulative GPA is required for this grant’s renewal.
Leadership Fellows Scholarship
The Leadership Fellows Program recognizes high school graduates with extraordinary leadership and service records. The program also identifies Berry students who work to make a difference in providing and teaching leadership in the Berry community.
WinShape College Program
Created by S. Truett Cathy, Founder and Chairman of Chick-fil-A, Inc., the WinShape College Program equips students in the areas of discipleship, community and leadership.
Berry College academic departments and programs may offer achievement and talent-based scholarships. Prospective students should contact the Office of Admission for further information. Returning Berry students can apply for departmental scholarships through their major and should contact academic departments for information about the application and selection process.
Need-Based Grants and Scholarships
Need-based financial aid is offered by Berry College in the form of institutional grants and scholarships. The FAFSA is required for each academic year the student desires consideration for need based financial aid. Need-based grants and scholarships may be adjusted as FAFSA corrections and/or additional financial aid is received. Additional criteria must be met for the programs listed below.
- Bonner Scholars Program - This need-based program supports students with passion for community service and is reserved for students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving others in their communities.
- Gate of Opportunity - This need-based scholarship program leverages our LifeWorks program and mentoring. A substantial portion of the family cost is covered through significant work experiences during the school year and summer helping to make a Berry education affordable to a wide range of students.
Berry College need based grants are often sponsored by a donor throughout a student’s academic career. The student is notified about the donor sponsoring their Berry College need based grant via email.
If federal, state and institutional financial aid programs do not meet the student’s cost of attendance, private loans are available to qualifying students. Private loans should be used as a last resort option. Contact the Office of Financial Aid to learn more about private loans.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
The U.S. Department of Education requires that higher education institutions establish minimum standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for students receiving federal aid. In addition, Berry College policy and the state of Georgia financial aid program regulations require students to meet SAP policy standards.
By definition, SAP means a student is progressing through an academic program and fulfilling degree requirements at a reasonable pace. Each school administering Title IV federal aid must develop its own SAP policy in accordance with federal guidelines.
According to federal law, a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy must contain these three measurements:
- a qualitative measure of progress (minimum grade point average requirement, this standard must be the same or stricter than the college academic policy.
- a quantitative component for completing degree objectives (the pace at which a student is working to complete degree requirements) and,
- a measurement of progress toward a degree (maximum time frame).
Berry College’s SAP policy requires the following standards as established within federal guidelines. A student must meet all SAP policy standards to remain eligible for federal, state and Berry College financial aid programs. These SAP standards are cumulative in their measurement.
Standard One: Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA)
Students are required to maintain a cumulative SAP GPA of 2.0 or better to meet the standard of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). The calculation of the SAP GPA does not exclude grades in case of grade forgiveness in repeat courses. Each time a course is taken, the hours will be included in the cumulative attempted hours, and all grades will be included in the SAP GPA calculation.
Standard Two: Pace of Completion
Berry College students are required to earn 67% of all attempted credit hours. Credit hours graded A, B, C, D, P and S (including pluses and minuses) are considered attempted and earned for purposes of this policy. Credit hours graded F, U, H, X, I, W, WF, WS and NR are considered attempted but not earned.
Standard Three: Maximum Time Allowed to Receive Aid
Berry College scholarship and grants are limited to 8 semesters. Also, students may receive federal financial aid for no more than 150% of the credit hours required to earn their degree. For example, a degree which requires 124 hours will result in a maximum of 186 hours for federal financial aid. HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships are available until the student has attempted 127 credit hours.
SAP Evaluation Period, Notification and Status
Student academic records are reviewed for SAP status at the end of each semester. Once SAP status is determined, students who do not meet Berry College policy standards are notified by letter. Students who meet SAP standards are not notified of their good standing. Each student’s financial aid record is also updated with the appropriate SAP status after every semester review. The following SAP status indicators are used: Meets SAP, Financial Aid Warning, Financial Aid Suspension and Financial Aid Probation.
All students are evaluated at the end of each semester to determine if they meet SAP policy standards. If the end of semester review determines the student is in compliance with SAP standards, a Meets SAP status is assigned. The student is eligible for financial aid with this status.
Financial Aid Warning
If the student is in a Meets SAP status and fails to meet SAP standards during their next semester review, the student is placed on Financial Aid Warning. A student on warning may continue to receive federal, state and institutional financial aid for one semester.
Financial Aid Suspension
If the student is in a Financial Aid Warning status and fails to meet SAP standards during their next semester review, the student is placed on Financial Aid Suspension.
While on suspension, a student is not eligible to receive federal, state and institutional aid or private loans. A student placed on Financial Aid Suspension may appeal for financial aid while on suspension only in cases of extenuating circumstances.
Financial Aid Probation
A student on Financial Aid Suspension who has documented extenuating circumstances beyond their control can appeal for a Committee Review. If the SAP appeal is approved, the student is placed on Financial Aid Probation and may receive financial aid for one semester.
SAP Appeal Process
The circumstances under which an appeal of financial aid suspension can be made include death of a relative, injury or illness of the student or family member, or other extenuating circumstance, which the student can document. The Berry College Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form must be used for the written appeal.
The appeal form outlines the acceptable documentation required to be submitted with the student’s appeal. Each appeal must include an academic plan developed under the counsel of the student’s academic advisor. The academic plan must provide clear terms and conditions to be achieved as a means to regain a Satisfactory Academic Progress. These can include taking a reduced course load, enrolling in specific courses, or tutoring options, as well as other conditions agreed upon by the student and advisor.
Student appeals are initially reviewed by financial aid staff. Appeals that cannot be approved without a consult with the academic division are reviewed by the Appeal Committee. The committee review can take up to two weeks from the appeal submission date. Students are notified by letter of the appeal results and if the committee must review their request.
If the appeal is approved and SAP probation status granted, eligibility for federal, state and institutional funds is reinstated for a maximum of one semester. At that point, the student must meet college SAP standards or the requirements of the established individual academic plan to maintain eligibility for financial aid. If the student is meeting the requirements of the educational plan agreed upon with the academic advisor, the student may continue to receive financial aid.
Information about SAP is also located on the financial aid awards page accessible from the VikingWeb student portal. This site includes a general information tab with links to the SAP appeal form, brochure and calculation chart.
A student can be approved for financial aid as part of SAP status and still be ineligible for specific scholarships such as HOPE, Zell Miller, or Berry scholarships. It is, therefore, important to note that a student must meet the GPA needed to renew specific scholarships. Renewal criteria for the student’s scholarships are located on their admission scholarship letter.
Academic Changes and SAP
Change in Major
Students who change majors or degree programs during the academic year are strongly encouraged not to withdraw from classes since this could impact the 67% SAP completion pace for attempted credit hours. It is also recommended that majors or degree programs are changed early in the academic career to prevent jeopardizing future financial aid eligibility. A major or degree program change does not justify exceeding the 150% maximum time frame required for SAP.
Grades and attempted credit hours for which an Incomplete is assigned are counted in the total attempted hours for SAP policy and review purposes. The GPA will be updated when the Incomplete is replaced with a grade.
It is possible to be in a Meets SAP status after the incomplete grade is assigned. Once the incomplete grade is replaced, the SAP status could then change to Financial Aid Warning. The SAP status could also change to Financial Aid Suspension if the student is in Financial Aid Warning status before the incomplete grade is assigned. Likewise, it is possible to not meet SAP standards based on an incomplete grade and then move to a Meets SAP status after the final grade is assigned.
Students may repeat courses already passed or failed one time for federal aid purposes. Each time a course is taken, the hours will be included in the total cumulative attempted hours and both grades will be included in the SAP GPA calculation.
Second Degree at the same level (undergraduate or graduate)
A student who is working on a second degree at the same level (undergraduate or graduate) will have 50% of the usual time frame and measure of progress toward the subsequent degree. If approved, federal financial aid will be available for a student working on a second degree (i.e. B.A. in addition to a B.S.). A SAP appeal will not be granted for a second major in the same degree (i.e. history in addition to English).
Study Abroad/Student Exchange Programs/Transient
It is the student’s responsibility to work with the other institution attended to insure grades are reported to the College Registrar on a timely basis. A student will remain on Financial Aid Suspension until all grades are received from the other institution and the transcript evaluation is complete by the College Registrar.
After grades have been placed on the student’s Berry transcript and the Office of Financial Aid has been notified by the Registrar, a final SAP review will occur. The student’s SAP status will be evaluated and their status will be updated to reflect the additional classes.
Total Attempted Hours
All attempted credit hours are counted to determine SAP. This includes transfer hours, credit hours attempted for which the student did not receive financial aid, repeated courses, incomplete courses and withdrawals.
Transfer hours and grades accepted by Berry are included in the cumulative career attempted hours and GPA calculations for SAP.
Grades of ‘W’ are considered in the total attempted hours when determining pace of completion percentage for SAP.