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Satisfactory Academic Progress – Quick SAP Facts

Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements:

  • Successful completion of 67% of the courses in which a student attempts
  • Appropriate GPA during spring SAP review -
  • 1.75 GPA at the end of first year of attendance
  • 2.00 GPA for any other undergraduate
  • 3.00 GPA for all graduate students
  • Degree receipt within specified maximum timeframe –
  • 90 semester hours – associate's degree
  • 111 semester hours – associate's degree in nursing
  • 180 semester hours – bachelor's degree
  • 90 semester hours – master's degree


General SAP Information

  • SAP requirements are reviewed annually at the close of the spring semester.
  • Any student failing to meet any one of these requirements loses all financial aid eligibility.
  • The following course grades count as completed. All other grades count negatively toward a student's completion percentage –
  • A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, CR, P, PS, S, T, TP and/or TD
  • Transfer hours count as hours both attempted and earned. This will benefit students in regard to completion percentage, but may negatively impact students in regard to maximum timeframe.


SAP Appeals

  • Students may appeal. Successful appeals include –
  • An explanation of an extenuating circumstance, such as a serious illness of a student or the student's immediate family member or the death or an immediate family member.
  • Documentation proving that the circumstance occurred during the term in which the student performed unsatisfactorily
  • Student and advisor signatures
  • Major changes and double majors are not acceptable reasons for appealing.
  • Students are only permitted to appeal one time per academic career (undergraduate and graduate).
  • The decisions of the SAP committee are final. There is no secondary appeal.
  • Appeals must be received within the first 21 days (total days, not business days) of the semester to be considered for aid reinstatement for that semester.


Financial Aid Reinstatement

  • Students who successfully appeal are reinstated financial aid for a period of time that should allow the student to resolve all deficiencies.
  • At the end of this financial aid extension, the student must be meeting all SAP requirements and must not have exceeded the specified maximum time frame.
  • In lieu of a successful appeal, financial aid eligibility can only be regained when a student has resolved all deficiencies at his or her own expense. To resolve a GPA deficiency, student must raise GPA to 2.00. Course completion percentage must be raised to 67%.


Withdraw and Repeat Courses

  • Students who withdraw from a course after the end of the add/drop period (2nd Friday of the semester) will negatively impact their completion percentage.
  • Repeated course are individually counted when calculating completion percentage. For example, if a student takes Math 1000 twice and it is a five credit hour course, 10 credit hours will be counted as attempted. If the student fails the course the first time and receives a C the second time, five credit hours are counted as earned.