For federal loans, students must meet particular enrollment requirements. All students need to be enrolled at half-time status or more to receive financial aid. For graduate students, half-time status is registered in at least 5 credits.
For merit scholarships awarded at time of acceptance, the credit requirements vary and are dependent on your level of award. Please refer to your scholarship offer letter to ensure you are consistently registered for the minimum number of credits required to maintain the scholarship.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
The federal government requires institutions to monitor recipients of federal financial aid to ensure that they are meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. In order to meet SAP, students must satisfy each of the following requirements.
- Meet the minimum, cumulative GPA
- 2.0 for undergraduates
- The required GPA is outlined by the program for graduates
- Complete the minimum required percentage of credits attempted
- 67% for undergraduates
- 50% for graduates
- Attempt no more than maximum allowed number of credits
- 150% of the number of credits required to complete their program for undergraduates
- The maximum number of credits outlined by the program for graduates
If a student fails to meet these requirements, they will be notified by Student Financial Services and informed of the next steps they can take in order to restore or secure their financial aid eligibility.
Please note that SAP applies to federal, state, and institutional funding. It is not the same as an academic warning or probation. If the student still meets the program requirements necessary to remain enrolled, they may pay their costs out of pocket or borrow from a lender who does not require them to meet SAP.
Please review our full SAP policy for more detailed information on the requirements, frequency of review, resulting statuses, and potential for appeal.