Financial Aid Office

Standards of Academic Progress (SAP)

In order to receive financial aid, you must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined by the U.S. Department of Education. This includes all students that have completed a FAFSA, and wish to receive aid, whether or not they have in the past. This applies to all credits attempted regardless of the amount of aid taken.

  • There are three components that the U.S. Dept. of Education uses to determine a student’s SAP.

1.    A Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA):

Undergraduate Students:  must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0, and earn a term GPA of not less than 1.0

Graduate Students: must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average both in their term and cumulative grade point average

Law Students: must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 upon the completion of their first spring semester and any semester thereafter including summer.

2.   Minimum Credit Hour Completion Percentage:

  • All students must complete at least 67% of their courses each semester. If a student fails to meet SAP, and it is their first time, then they will be placed on SAP warning. The second time they will no longer be eligible for aid.
  • Grades of W, X, F and I will be counted as hours attempted but will not be counted as hours successfully passed.
  • Students may receive financial aid for developmental classes as defined in the university catalog.  Developmental courses are taken as no credit because they do not count toward graduation credits, but they do count in determining the percentage of credit hours attempted for SAP.

3.   Quantitative Progress: Maximum Time to Complete a Degree/Program (MTF)

  • When an undergraduate student’s attempted hours reach 150% of the required hours for the degree (192 hrs.), the aid will be suspended unless the time frame is extended. This can be done by speaking with your advisor about a max timeframe plan. All transfer credits count towards the MTF, also the act of adding majors or minors is not a plausible circumvention.
  • Graduate degrees must be completed by the length of time standards established and monitored by Graduate Studies.

This policy governs the following programs: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work Study (FWS), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), Federal TEACH Grant, Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG), All Cleveland State University Grants.