Satisfactory Academic Progress

Academic Progress Policy

Every student should strive for satisfactory academic progress as a point of personal pride, as a concern for future employment, and as a qualification for most forms of student financial assistance. Federal regulation mandates that a recipient of Federal Title IV aid make satisfactory progress toward the completion of a diploma to maintain eligibility for that funding. Progress will be reviewed at the end of each component (including components for which the student did not receive financial aid), to determine the student's eligibility to continue enrollment at The Manhattan Institute. In measuring SAP, Manhattan Institute will consider both a student's grades (qualitative progress) and rate of progression through his or her program (quantitative progress).

Component Definition

Each program of more than 300 clock hours is divided into components (classes) for each academic topic. Components are generally either 30 or 60 clock hours in length. The externship (300 clock hours) is considered one component.

Grading Policy


Grades will be issued for each component according to the following scale: 

A = 100 % - 90%  (4.0)        B = 89%- 80%  (3.0)        C = 79%-70% (2.0)         D = 69% -60%  (1.0)
P = Pass     F = 59%-0% (0.0)     I = incomplete     W = Withdrawn    T = Transfer credit accepted

Grades of ABC and D are considered attempted and earned, and are used in calculation of the GPA.
Grades of F are considered attempted and not earned, and are included in the GPA calculation as a zero.
Grades of I and W are considered attempted but not earned, and have no effect on the GPA.

Grades of P and T are considered attempted and earned, but are not included in the GPA calculation.

Graduation Requirements

In order for graduation to be conferred, a student must earn a passing grade in every course in the program, and have a final cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0 (C average / 70%).

Pass/Fail Component

The clinical component is graded in a pass/fail format.

Grades when a Student Discontinues

Permanent grades of W (withdrawn) shall be assigned to students who formally withdraw during a class component. Permanent grades of F (failed) shall be assigned to students who have been terminated under the attendance policy, as appropriate (see Attendance Policy and Withdrawal Policy).

Temporary "Incomplete" Grades

Students who were granted a leave of absence, have insufficient attendance at the end of a component, or who demonstrate documented extenuating circumstances may, at the discretion of the school, be temporarily assigned a grade of I (incomplete) and be granted the opportunity to make-up the missing work. Students in this circumstance must make formal arrangements with the instructor and the School Director, who will provide the student a remediation plan to make-up the course material. The remediation plan will include a deadline for completion, which in no circumstance will be more than two weeks after the last day of the component. Failure to complete the remediation plan within the prescribed time frame will result in the issuance of an “F” (failing) grade.

Repeating a Class

Students must successfully complete (pass) all courses in the academic program before being allowed to begin the clinical work.  A student who has received any F, W, or I grades must make up the coursework in a subsequent offering. There is no fee for repeating a class. The repeated grade replaces the original grade on the academic record and in the GPA calculation. 

No student may attempt a class more than twice.  Failure of a class (or withdrawal) on a second attempt will result in Academic Dismissal from The Manhattan Institute.

Qualitative Measure

Students are required to maintain a cumulative “C” average (2.0 GPA) throughout their studies. Cumulative GPA is measured at the end of each component.

Quantitative Measure

Students are required to successfully complete each attempted component to maintain satisfactory progress. Failure to complete the most recent component will result in the student’s placement on Academic Warning status (see below). The cumulative failure to complete any three components will result in Suspension for Failure to Maintain Academic Progress (see below).

Maximum Time Frame Measure

Students must complete their program within one and one-half times the maximum program length as measured in clock hours. Once a student reaches a point where it will be mathematically impossible to complete his/her program within 150% of the clock hours necessary for program completion, he/she will not be allowed to start a subsequent component. Accepted transfer credits and previous Manhattan Institute credits (for students who have re-entered after an absence, withdrawal, or period of non-enrollment) are included in attempted hours for purposes of this calculation. Students requesting re-admission will be evaluated to determine the potential for program completion within this time frame, and re-admission will be denied if such completion is mathematically impossible.

Academic Warning

Academic Progress is reviewed at the end of each component.  Students who fall below the required academic standards will be placed on Academic Warning Status for a period of one academic component (until the student has earned a passing grade in subsequent component).  Additionally, students who re-enroll after an absence (other than an approved Leave of Absence) will be placed on Academic Warning Status for the component in which they return. A student in Academic Warning Status remains eligible for financial aid. 

A student who has maintained proper attendance throughout the Academic Warning component, has satisfactorily completed the coursework within the Academic Warning component, and has a cumulative GPA at the end of the component of no less than 2.0 (C average), will return to good standing at the start of the subsequent component.

Suspension for Failure to Maintain Academic Progress

Students who fail to achieve satisfactory progress at the end of any Academic Warning component will be suspended for failure to maintain academic progress for a period of at least 180 days (six months).

Appeals Policy

Students who have been suspended for failure to maintain academic progress and have mitigating circumstances (such as personal illness or injury, or the death of an immediate family member), or believe the school has incorrectly evaluated satisfactory academic progress, may submit a written letter of appeal to the School Director. Dismissal or denial of re-admission based on maximum time frame may not be appealed. The School Director will review all appeals and issue a final decision within five (5) business days. If an appeal is granted, the student will be allowed one additional Academic Warning component. If the student fails to achieve the necessary progress at the end of this additional Academic Warning component, he/she will be subject to Academic Dismissal with no further possibility of appeal.

Re-entry After Suspension for Failure to Maintain Academic Progress

Students who have been suspended for failure to maintain academic progress may be considered for re-entry into The Manhattan Institute after an absence of no less than six months (180 calendar days).  Students requesting such re-entry must submit a letter to the School Director detailing the reasons for the prior failure and listing the actions the student has taken/will take to ensure future academic success.  The re-entry must be approved by the School Director, with appropriate notation placed in the student's academic file.

Students who are granted re-entry in this circumstance will be subject to any changes in policy, program requirements, and tuition/fees that are in effect at the time of re-entry, and are placed on Probationary Status for one component. Students on Probationary Status are not eligible for federal student aid for that component, and aid will not be applied retroactively to that component upon successful completion.

Further, students who are granted re-entry in this circumstance are required to achieve a passing grade (A, B, C, or D) in every course attempted from that point forward.  Receiving any failing, incomplete, or withdrawn (F, I, or W) grade in any course will result in immediate Academic Dismissal from Manhattan Institute.

Academic Dismissal

Academic Dismissal is a permanent removal from Manhattan Institute based upon repeated failure to achieve academic success. Students who have been Academically Dismissed may not apply for re-admission to Manhattan Institute in any academic program for a period of five years.