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Satisfactory Academic Progress for Graduate Students

Graduate and professional students are required to meet certain standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) established by Federal guidelines. The standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress will be evaluated at the conclusion of each semester.

Graduate/Professional students are expected to complete a minimum percentage of hours for which they enroll. The completion rate is calculated by dividing the number of credit hours a student has successfully completed into the number of credit hours a student has attempted. Completion of a course is defined for these purposes as receipt of a non-failing grade.

  • A dropped class constitutes a class that was not completed and will affect a student’s completion standard.
  • Incompletes will not count as completed until a grade has been recorded for the class. Incomplete grades will affect the completion standard. Repeated courses will be included in the completion standard.
  • Transfer credits accepted by the institution towards the student’s program will be included in the total units earned. These will not impact the completion rate in any given semester as they are not a part of that semester.
  • Remedial coursework will be excluded from the continuation standard.

For financial aid purposes, students will be expected to complete at least one-third of the work attempted each semester. Students failing to meet this standard at the end of a semester will be automatically placed in a Warning status.

Financial Aid Warning does not prevent a student from receiving aid. A warning is intended to alert students to a potential issue in their academic progress. At the end of the enrollment period, students in a financial aid warning status who again fail to complete at least 1/3 of enrolled hours will then face financial aid termination.

Financial Aid Termination means you are no longer eligible for financial aid. If termination occurs, a student may appeal to have eligibility for aid reinstated on a probationary basis.

A SAP Appeal may be submitted if there were extenuating circumstances which led to academic difficulties. Extenuating circumstances are one-time difficulties over which the student has no control (such as a death in the student’s immediate family, hospitalization, accidents, or illness). Written appeals of aid termination must be submitted to the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid by a date set in the termination notice.

Financial Aid Probation: If an appeal is granted, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation and must meet SAP standards at the end of the probationary semester. If the appeal is denied, the student will not be eligible for financial aid. Appeals are final.  Students terminated who do not appeal, or whose appeal is denied, may have their eligibility reinstated following the completion of at least one full time semester without the support of federal financial aid.

Note: All transfer credit hours accepted by the University are counted as both attempted and completed credits and are included in the maximum timeframe calculation.