Grade Point Average Requirement
Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 GPA.
Graduate and Professional students must maintain the academic minimum required to maintain eligibility for continued enrollment in their academic program.
Yearly Progress Requirements
Financial aid recipients must show measurable progress toward earning a degree by successfully completing 67% (see following chart) of the hours for which they enroll each fall, spring, and summer. Grades of A, A-, B +/-, C +/-, D +/-, S, or P count as the successful completion of a course. All other grades do NOT count as successful completion of a course.
At the end of the spring semester, students not successfully completing 67% of the attempted credit hours during the preceding summer, fall, and spring semesters will have their financial aid eligibility suspended effective immediately beginning with the subsequent semester of attendance.
Students who withdraw from the university two or more times while receiving aid will no longer be eligible for financial aid.
Fall 15 hours enrolled
Spring +15 hours enrolled
= 21 minimum number of earned hours required to meet SAP
Fall 6 hours enrolled
Spring +9 hours enrolled
= 11 minimum number of earned hours required to meet SAP
Failure to meet standards for one semester can be remedied by completing extra hours in the next semester of the same academic year.
Graduate and Professional Students
Graduate students must meet the following requirements to remain eligible for financial aid:
- Students must maintain necessary academic and other standards require for continued enrollment
- Students who withdraw from the university two or more times while receiving aid will no longer be eligible for financial aid
- Students must complete their programs within the established time frame as determined by their graduate program
- Students who change majors must meet academic program requirements
What grades receive SAP credit for yearly progress?
The grades of A, A-, B +/-, C +/-, D +/-, S and P receive SAP credit. The following grades do not receive SAP credit:
I – incomplete
F – lapse incomplete
F – fail
NC – no credit
W – withdraw
NR – not recorded
How is transfer course work taken into account with regards to SAP requirements?
Transfer students are evaluated based on the standards for their designated academic level, which includes all transfer credit hours from previous institution(s).
Maximum Time Limit
The maximum time frame in which a student must complete his or her degree cannot be longer than 150% of the published length of the student’s major.
All semesters and credit hours and course repeats (with the exception of the first 24 semester hours of remedial or developmental hours) are counted toward the SAP maximum time allowance, regardless of whether or not you received financial aid. Also, all attempted credit hours are considered toward the maximum time allowance, except courses in which the student received a grade of NR (No Record).
Students working on a second undergraduate degree have an additional 45 hrs to complete the necessary coursework. Graduate and Professional students working on a second program of study are given 150% of the published length of time for their specific program.
Enrollment in a course in which an A, A-, B +/-, C +/-, D +/-, F, S/NC, P/NP, I, W, X, N, or AU was originally received is considered to be a repeated course. The student may be funded for a repeated course based upon the university repeat policy (see Catalog). All repeated courses (with the exception of the first 24 semester hours of remedial or developmental hours) will be counted as credit hours attempted toward the maximum time frame.
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