Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Federal VA Education Benefits

(Applicable to Chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, and 1606 Only)

Students receiving any of the Federal VA Education Benefits listed below are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress by earning a minimum 2.0 semester grade-point average (GPA) and complete at least 67% of the courses attempted within the semester: 

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill ®* (Chapter 33) 
  • Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (Chapter 30) 
  • Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) 
  • VA Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) 
  • Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35) 
  • Fry Scholarship 

*GI Bill ® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website at benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Federal VA Education Benefit Statuses

Federal VA Education Benefit Satisfactory Academic Progress calculations will be completed prior to the start of the next consecutive semester. Once the student’s final grades are reviewed, their Federal VA Education Benefits will be placed on one of the following statuses: Good Standing, Warning, Probation or Suspension (see below for more information regarding each status). Students will be notified of their status via their Gateway student email.

Good Standing:

Good Standing means the student has successfully met the Federal VA Education Benefit Satisfactory Academic Progress criteria (VA SAP) for the semester in question, and they are eligible to continue receiving their benefits. A student will be eligible to receive their Federal VA Education Benefits while their status is in Good Standing. If a student is placed on warning or probation and they meet the VA SAP criteria in their next semester of attendance, they will earn back good standing.

Warning: 

A student’s Federal VA Education Benefits will be placed on warning if they fail to meet the VA SAP criteria while their benefits are in Good Standing. Students in a warning status are eligible to continue receiving VA Benefits.

Probation: 

A student’s Federal VA Education Benefits will be placed on Probation if any of the following occurs: 

  • Fail to meet the Federal VA SAP criteria while on warning 
  • Approved Federal VA Education Benefit Suspension Appeal Form on file 
  • Successfully Reestablish Satisfactory Academic Progress (earn 6 credits with a minimum 2.0 semester GPA) while on Suspension. 

Students are still eligible for Federal VA benefits while on Probation. 

Suspension: 

If a student’s Federal VA Education Benefits are on Suspension, they are no longer eligible to receive their benefits. A students benefits can be suspended due to the following reasons: 

  • Failure to meet the VA Satisfactory Academic Progress criteria while on Probation 
  • Incomplete Federal VA Education Benefit Suspension Appeal form submitted 
  • Denied Federal VA Education Benefit Suspension Appeal form. Gateway Technical College is required to notify the Department of Veterans Affairs anytime a student’s VA benefits are placed on Suspension. 

Reinstatement of Federal VA Education Benefits 

When a student’s Federal VA Education Benefits are placed on Suspension, the student has two options to regain eligibility for benefits: 

  1. Federal VA Education Benefit Suspension Appeal Form: 
    Students that have been placed on Suspension will receive an email that includes a link to the Federal VA Education Benefit Suspension Appeal form. The appeal form should be filled out by students who had an extenuating circumstance occur during their schooling that directly caused them to not meet the satisfactory academic progress criteria. 
  2. Re-establish Satisfactory Academic Progress: 
    Students are able to regain eligibility for their Federal VA Education Benefits by successfully completing a minimum of six college level credits with a minimum 2.0 semester GPA. Once this step is completed, the student would be placed on Probation, and the student would be eligible to receive their Federal VA Education Benefits for the next semester of attendance.