Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress
In order to remain eligible to receive federal financial aid, students must continue to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) guidelines:
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
Students must earn 67% of the credits they attempt. This is monitored on a cumulative basis. The completion rate is calculated at the end of each semester by dividing the number of credits earned by the number of credits attempted. Additionally students who enroll in a semester and fail to earn any credits in the semester will be found to be failing pace requirements, even if they are passing the 67% pace requirement.
sample pace scenarios:
Student A has attempted 45 credits over the course of their first 3 semesters of attendance. The student received a failing grade in 3 classes totaling 9 credits. They earned 36 credits.
36 Total Credits Earned ÷ 45 Total Credits Attempted = .80 or 80% Completion Rate
Student A is meeting the Pace Requirement.
Student B has attempted 45 credits over the course of their first 3 semesters of attendance. The student received failing grades from classes totaling 24 credits. They earned 21 credits.
21 Total Credits Earned ÷ 45 Total Credits Attempted = .47 or 47% Completion Rate
Student B is NOT meeting the Pace Requirement.
Student C has attempted 45 credits and earned 40 credits over the course of their first 3 semesters of attendance.
Entering the fourth semester their pace is 88% (40/45).
In the fourth semester the student received a grade of F in each of the 4 classes (12 credits) for which they were enrolled. Their calculated pace would be 70%
40 Total Credits Earned ÷ 57 Total Credits Attempted = . 70 or 70 % Completion Rate.
However, because the student enrolled in 12 credits in term four and earned zero credits, they are considered to be failing pace. * Similarly, a term withdrawal will also result in a failure to meet guidelines because the student will have attempted 12 credits and earned none of them.*
*Students receive a SAP status of Warning if they fail to meet the SAP guidelines for a semester but were not on Warning in the previous semester.
Students are no longer eligible to receive federal financial aid once they have attempted 150% of the credits required to complete their degree. A 120 credit program must be completed by the time a student has attempted 180 credits. See the charts below to determine the maximum allowable credits for your program.
Sample Maximum Time Frame Scenario:
Student D has attempted a total of 190 credits while working towards their undergraduate degree. Their degree requires them to pass a total of 120 credits.
190 Total Credits Attempted ÷ 120 Total Credits Required for Academic Program = 1.58 or 158%
Student D is NOT meeting the Maximum Time Frame Requirement because they have attempted 158% of the credits required for degree completion.
Maximum Time Frame Limits - 150% of Credits
West Campus Programs
|Degree||Maximum Allowable Attempted Credits|
|Bachelor of Arts||180|
|Bachelor of Science||180|
|Bachelor of Engineering||192|
|Second Baccalaureate Program||240|
Health Science Center Programs
|Program||Maximum Allowable Attempted Credits|
|BS/MS Adult Health Nursing||192|
|BS/MS Child Health||192|
|BS/MS Neonatal Health1||192|
|BS/MS Perinatal Women Health||192|
|BS/MS Psychiatric/Mental Health||192|
|BSHS/MSOT Health Science||184.5|
|Clinical Laboratory Sciences||228|
|Nursing Accelerated One Year||189|
|Nursing Basic Two Year||192|
|Registered Nurse PT||192|
If you do not meet the minimum guidelines, you will lose your federal eligibility. Federal Financial Aid programs that require students to meet SAP include:
- Federal Pell Grants
- Federal SEOG Grants
- Federal Direct Stafford Loan
- Federal Work Study
- Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan