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​Satisfactory Academic Progress 

Information on this page is also available in a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) format.  Visit our Publication Section to view or print the Satisfactory Academic Progress FAQ in PDF format.

A student is required to meet minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards as defined by the U.S. Department of Education to remain eligible for financial aid each semester.  Each semester (or upon re-enrollment to the college), academic performance is reviewed to determine if a student is making SAP. The review is based on qualitative (grade point average) and quantitative measures (credits completed vs. credits attempted).

Quantitative measure

On an annual basis students must complete, with passing grades, at least two-thirds (67%) of the total number of credits attempted (including those attempted during summer and winter sessions, non-degree semesters and transfer credits). 

 
Quantitative Formula
 
Number of Credits Earned
------------------------------------------   = % of completion
Number of Credits Attempted
 

 

For example, if a student attempts 104 credits and only earned grades in 65 of those credits, the SAP rate would fall short of the minimum and would only be 62.5%.

Qualitative measure

In addition to a student receiving passing grades in at least two-thirds (67%) of the total number of credits attempted an undergraduate student must also meet the minimum qualitative standards below.

All Graduate Students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 regardless of number of credits completed to remain in good standing.
 
The Office of Financial Aid will send a warning or termination letters stating that eligibility has been impacted if a student fails to meet any of the quantitative and/or qualitative standards of SAP as specified in the above below.

 

 
Credits
Completed
Minimum      
GPA
0-12
1.60
13-24
1.80
25-36
1.90
37-48
2.0
49-60
2.0
61-72
2.0
73-84
2.0
85-96
2.0
97-108
2.0
109-116+
2.0
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