SAP Minimum Requirements

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Minimum Requirements

GPA

Undergraduate Students: Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

Graduate Students: Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Cumulative Completion Ratio Complete a minimum of 67% of the credits attempted
Maximum Timeframe Credits attempted may not exceed 150% of the standard number of credits required for your primary degree program

 

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  • 1. Cumulative GPA
    Cumulative grade point average measures quality of course completion by evaluating GPA. The minimum cumulative GPA for undergraduate students is 2.0 (equivalent to a C average) and 3.0 for graduate students using a 4.0 scale. All credits taken at other UA campuses (UAA, UAF, UAS, & PWSCC) are included in this calculation.
  • 2. Cumulative Completion Rate

    Cumulative completion rate measures pace of completion to ensure students making steady progress toward their degree by completing at least 67% of all their attempted credit hours. For example, a student who has attempted 16 credits must successfully earn at least 11 credits to meet the 67% required minimum completion rate. All credits taken at other UA campuses (UAA, UAF, UAS, & PWSCC) are included in this calculation.

    Attempted credits include:

    • All credits for courses in which a student is formally enrolled at the end of the add/drop period or after. This includes credits taken at the undergraduate, graduate or professional degree levels and credits taken during enrollment as a non-degree student.

    • All credits for courses in which the student enrolled but did not complete successfully.  This includes incomplete grades, withdrawals, ā€˜Fā€™s, and/or courses changed to audit after the add/drop period.

    • Transfer credits from another school that are accepted by UAA.

    • Credits earned through examination, testing, or other non-standard means that are accepted by UAA.

    Earned Credits include:

    • All credits completed with grades of 'D' or better, excluding credits for repeated coursework.

    • All credits completed with a ā€˜Pā€™ passing grade.

    • Transfer credits from another school that are accepted by UAA.

    • Credits earned through examination, testing, or other non-standard means that are accepted by UAA.

  • 3. Maximum Timeframe (150% rule)

    The maximum timeframe standard, also known as the 150% rule, stipulates that students will be eligible to receive financial aid only if their attempted credits is equal or less than 150% of the length of their primary degree program. This is measured based on the number of attempted credits the student has taken compared to the number of credits required for their degree. If students changes their degree program, their 150% maximum timeframe determination may also change. All credits taken at other UA campuses (UAA, UAF, UAS, & PWSCC) are included in this calculation, even if they do not apply toward the student's current degree program.

    The examples shown in the chart below represent minimum requirements for the degree programs listed, and the corresponding maximum attempted credits allowed for purposes of student financial aid eligibility. 

    Degree Program

    Credits Required

    Maximum Credits

    Associate's

    60 credits

    90 credits

    Bachelor's

    120 credits

    180 credits

     Certificates and OEC (Occupational Endorsement Certificates) are based on the same requirement that student eligibility is dependent on maintaining the 150% rule.

 

Reinstatement of Eligibility

Students placed on financial aid suspension for failing to maintain the SAP GPA or cumulative completion rate minimums may regain their financial aid eligibility by bringing themselves back into compliance with the SAP Standards. Students who have exceeded the 150% maximum timeframe requirement cannot regain eligibility through the reinstatement process. Also note that students may not re-establish their financial aid eligibility by successfully completing a few classes or by leaving school for a period of time. However, students may appeal their SAP status based on exceptional circumstances or take action to reinstate their SAP eligibility by succeeding with coursework sufficient to meet the minimal SAP standards.