Academic Requirements

Federal regulations require that students applying for funding through the Title IV Student Aid Programs must meet and maintain minimum academic progression requirements referred to as Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Title IV Student Aid Programs include Federal Direct Subsidized Loans, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Federal Direct GradPLUS Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, Federal Pell Grant, and Federal Supplemental Educational Grant (SEOG). Although the SAP requirements apply primarily to Federal Student Aid Programs, other financial aid programs (state, institutional, and private) may require the same or similar academic measurements to determine eligibility.

The Federal Student Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy may differ from other institutional academic policies. However, the terms of this policy are consistent with the minimum academic requirements for graduation in place prior to the start of the effective school year. Revisions to this policy and implementation, thereof, may not coincide with changes to mid-year academic program policy. It is possible for a student to be in good academic standing with their academic program but be ineligible for financial aid because of the student’s failure to meet the Student Financial Aid SAP requirements.

Other Academic Requirements include:

  • Successfully passing the Step 1 or Shelf Exam
  • All grades have posted
  • Enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours)

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy