Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for Financial Aid

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) refers to the satisfactory of program requirements as established by the Graduate School. Federal regulations require that students receiving federal aid make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in accordance with these standards set by the institution in order to be eligible for federal grants and loans.

The Department of Enrollment Services, in addition to the Graduate School, will assess each student’s academic progress on a term basis. A student who fails to meet one or more of the standards for SAP will be ineligible for financial aid. Students on Academic Probation will be placed on Financial Aid Probation. If a student failed to return to good academic standing after one term, the student will no longer be eligible for financial aid in subsequent terms.

If the Committee for Academic Review and/or Program Academic Committee approves a remediation plan for the student that is no more than one year in length, a student can be placed back on financial aid probation and receive financial aid. Failure to meet the terms of the remediation plan will result in a student’s return to financial aid ineligibility. A student will be removed from financial aid probation and/or be eligible again for financial aid when he/she/they has met SAP. A student who does not meet the SAP requirements by the end of the financial aid probationary period is again ineligible for financial aid.

For all students in all programs, the Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Policy requires the maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher as well as timely progress towards the degree. All programs also have Program Specific Satisfactory Academic Progress policies, including their Time-to-Degree Policy and these are detailed in their corresponding section of the Academic Policies Section of this Handbook.

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