Satisfactory Academic Progress

Introduction to Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students must maintain a certain level of academic progress in order to retain potential eligibility for aid - including student loans, parent loans, federal work study, and grants. Under the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, at the end of Spring semester the academic record of each student will be reviewed to determine if the student is meeting the minimum academic progress standards. Please note the “maximum amount of attempted hours” requirement is measured each semester.

Academic progress standards include:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA);
  • Completion of a minimum percentage of all attempted credit hours (completion rate);
  • A maximum amount of attempted hours based on the student’s degree objective.

Each student is responsible for their awareness of the policy in place for their particular level of study.

Students who are NOT maintaining these minimal standards will lose eligibility for aid until the student can improve their overall academic record. If a student continues after this point, they must do so without federal, state, or institutional financial aid.

While there is an appeal process in place, only students who can document extenuating circumstances during an enrollment period, have taken steps to address those circumstances, and can come back into compliance or graduate within three semesters should consider appealing. Appeals require that students meet with an academic advisor. Students are responsible for making payments when their bills are due regardless of the status of the appeal.

Students can view the status of their financial aid academic progress on STAR (under the Financial Aid tab, click on “Eligibility” and then on “Academic Progress”).

Learn more about SAP here

Visiting students must meet the satisfactory academic progress standards of their home institution (where they are pursuing their degree) since the home institution reviews them for aid eligibility and awards financial aid.