Maintain Your Financial Aid Eligibility

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Satisfactorily complete at least 67% of cumulative credit hours attempted.
  3. Complete your degree/certificate program within the maximum time frame of credit hours allowed. Undergraduates seeking their 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 their 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 their 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 to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship due to mitigating circumstances. To initiate an appeal, a student must complete a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form available on the forms page. The Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form must be submitted in the Rebel Success Hub at

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 consists of shorter modules.

Decision Timeframe

Please allow up to four (4) weeks 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 email to your Rebelmail account.

View the full Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy