Satisfactory Academic Progress
Educational institutions that participate in federal financial aid programs are required to define and enforce Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards for those students receiving financial aid. The standards used for financial aid recipients must be at least as rigorous as those applied to the general University population. These standards assure that completion of a degree will occur, and within an established time frame.
The standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress measure a student’s academic progress both qualitatively and quantitatively. Therefore, in addition to minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) requirements, the federally-established standards include requirements that students progress in their academic program by successfully completing the majority of courses for which they enroll and place a limitation on the maximum period of time that students can receive federal financial aid while pursuing a degree at an educational institution. In addition, certain types of courses are limited or excluded from eligibility.
The federal standards apply to all federal, state, and institutional need-based financial aid programs administered by the office of financial aid. These standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress are required to maintain eligibility for financial aid. Policies differ depending on program type.