Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Maintain Your Financial Aid Eligibility
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Financial aid recipients are expected to make reasonable academic progress to obtain a degree or certificate as a condition to receive federal, select state or UNLV financial aid programs.
The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy requires financial aid recipients to do the following three items:
- Meet minimum cumulative grade point averages. Undergraduates must maintain at least a 2.0 gpa and graduate students must maintain at least a 3.0 gpa.
- Satisfactorily complete at least 70% of cumulative credit hours attempted.
- Complete your degree/certificate program within the maximum time frame of credit hours allowed. Undergraduates seeking first Baccalaureate degree cannot attempt more than 186 credits. Graduate students maximum credit hours are defined by their departments.
Monitoring Intervals & Warning Signs
Satisfactory Academic Progress is monitored at the end of every semester. A student who does not maintain SAP, as defined in this policy, will receive a "warning" notification at the conclusion of their first semester of not meeting the policy. Warning status is only a forewarning message; encouraging a student to rectify his or her academic progress for the next semester, so that financial aid eligibility can be continued.
A financial aid recipient who does not meet the SAP policy after two semesters will receive a notification indicating their financial aid has been "disqualified" and will no longer be eligible to receive financial aid assistance.
Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility
A student may pay for college expenses at his or her own expense in order to make up any SAP policy deficiencies. Once policy deficiencies are rectified, a student may be reconsidered for financial aid eligibility.
Right to Appeal
A student whose financial aid was disqualified for not meeting the requirements of this policy has the right to appeal mitigating circumstances to the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office. To initiate an appeal, a student must complete a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form available on the forms page.
Appeals That Cannot be Approved
If it is mathematically impossible for a student to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy by the time the 186 credit limit is reached, the appeal will be automatically denied per federal financial aid regulations. For example, if it is mathematically impossible for you to achieve a 2.00 GPA by the time the 186 credit limit is reached, your SAP appeal will be denied. Likewise, if it is mathematically impossible for you to achieve the 70% completion rate by the time the 186 credit limit is reached, your SAP appeal will be denied.
What is the Census Date and How does It Impact Your Satisfactory Academic Progress
A census date is used to determine a student’s quantitative measure as described in Section 3. The census date is the point in time when a student’s enrollment hours are “frozen” for the purposes of determining financial aid eligibility for the semester. The census date is the last day to add classes without special permission. Summer term will have unique census dates since summer term is comprised of shorter modules.
Please allow 30 days from receipt of your completed appeal for the SAP Committee to carefully review your appeal. You will be notified of the Committee’s decision by e-mail to your Rebelmail account.