Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a certificate or degree. Scholarships & Financial Aid must monitor the progress of each student toward the completion of a certificate or degree in order to meet federal and state guidelines governing the administration of student financial assistance. Students who fall behind in their coursework or fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average and completion of classes may lose their eligibility for all types of federal, state, and university aid administered by Scholarships & Financial Aid. SAP is evaluated at the end of every semester.

SAP Components

There are three components to SAP. Failure to comply with any component may result in a loss of aid eligibility. The three components are as follows: 

1. Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA)

    • Undergraduate Students: 2.0

    • Graduate Students: 3.0

2. Completion Rate (Deficit Hours) 
While students are expected to enroll full-time to be eligible for financial aid, each student must successfully complete at least a minimum percentage of all credit hours attempted. This percentage includes all institutional and transfer credit hours, regardless of whether or not financial aid was received. Grades of W, F, I, U, Q, X, NG, and grade exclusions are not considered to be adequate grades for completion.

    • Undergraduate Students: 75%

    • Graduate Students: 67%

3. Maximum Hours (Excessive Hours) 
Students are expected to complete their degree pursuits within a maximum timeframe, including transfer hours earned as well as institutional attempted hours. Students may not receive financial assistance beyond the following:

    • Undergraduate Students: 160 hours

    • Graduate Students: 150% of degree program requirements

Credit hours are cumulative; thus, students working towards obtaining more than one degree in the same category (e.g., double major) may reach this maximum timeframe before completing their course of study and may need to appeal eligibility.  


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