Financial Aid

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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and wish to receive aid, whether or not they have in the past.

These requirements apply to all credits attempted, for part-time and full-time students, for all semesters of enrollment within an academic year, including those semesters for which no financial aid was received.

Review of SAP is conducted at the conclusion of each semester by the Financial Aid Office once grades are posted. This review looks at grades received, courses attempted, GPA and pace towards graduation.

The U.S. Department of Education measures SAP based on the following:

1.  Grade Point Average (GPA):

  • Undergraduate Students: must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA 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 GPA.
  • Law Students: must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA 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.
  • 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.  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 hours), the aid will be suspended unless the time frame is extended. This can be done by speaking with your advisor about a max time frame (MTF) plan. All transfer credits count towards the MTF.  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 (FSEOG), Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), Federal Direct PLUS Loan for Graduate/Professional Students, Federal TEACH Grant, Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG), and various CSU Scholarships/Grants.

Financial Aid Suspension, Appeal and Reinstatement Procedures:

If you fail to meet the SAP minimum standards, you will be placed on Financial Aid Warning (Probation) for one semester. If you fail to attain the minimum standards of progress by the end of the warning period, you will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension and deemed ineligible for financial aid. Students in violation of the SAP Policy may submit an appeal to the Financial Aid Office.

The SAP Appeals Process