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There are currently 10 names in this directory beginning with the letter S.
The Scholastic Aptitude Test is a standardized test that measures college preparedness. Students may earn a total of up to 2,400 points on the three-hour exam (up to 800 points in each of the exam’s content areas: verbal, math, and writing). See Standardized Test
Satisfactory Academic Progress
A required financial aid measurement of a student’s academic progress towards graduation. Progress must be measured by both grade-based (qualitative) and time/pace of completion (quantitative) standards. SAP must be measured cumulatively. This process may vary slightly across schools.
Scholarships are gifts that don’t have to be repaid and are designed to help students pay for their degree or certificate. They can be a one-time gift or are renewable, depending on the scholarship.
A standardized test is a test that is designed to assess individuals against a common standard. For example, the ACT and SAT at standardized tests that some colleges require for consideration for admission. See ACT and SAT
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM is used to refer to this general field of study.
Student Aid Report
A report provided to an applicant by the U.S. Department of Education showing the applicant’s FAFSA information and the amount of their EFC. SARs are the paper or electronic (eSAR) output documents that are sent to students or printed from the FAFSA on the Web.
Many programs offer the ability to study abroad for a semester, in which a student can live in another country while attending school there.
An outline of overview of the courses handed out by the instructor at the beginning of the course. The syllabus contains a wealth of information about the courses which often includes requirements, expectations, textbook information, contact information for the instructor, objectives, assignments, and often a daily schedule of assignments and topics.