Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal regulations require that students receiving financial aid under federal programs must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP).  UNCG evaluates SAP for each student at the end of each term.  Each student is evaluated on the following areas:

  • Minimum GPA (grade point average)
  • Cumulative credit hour completion rate (attempted vs. earned hours)
  • Completion of a degree within a maximum number of credit hours

Financial Aid Programs Affected by This Policy:

Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, Federal Work-Study, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants, North Carolina State Scholarship and Grant Programs, UNCG’s scholarship and grant programs are impacted by this policy.

UNCG’s SAP Policy

The following table outlines the general terms of the SAP policy for the current academic year.  The complete list of Satisfactory Academic Progress policies and appeal forms by academic year are located on our Financial Aid Office Forms page.  To view the policy by academic year select the appropriate link belowed.

2019-2020 Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Financial Aid

 Minimum Cumulative GPACumulative Completion RateSemester Hour Completion RateMaximum Time Frame
Undergraduate2.067% of attempted vs. earned credit hours67% of locked hours for the semesterDegree must be completed within 150% of the published length of the program (number of hours required for the degree). Attempted hours include all withdrawal hours and transfer credits
Graduate3.067% of attempted vs. earned credit hours67% of locked hours for the semesterDegree must be completed within 150% of the published length of the program (number of hours required for the degree). Attempted hours include all withdrawal hours and transfer credits

Appeals Information

  • Federal regulations allow for certain cases in which the institution may waive the SAP standards. Appeals (professional judgment) are the only way to correct unresolved SAP deficiencies.
  • Appeals may be considered due to extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control. Examples may be an extended illness, serious illness or death of a family member, significant mental health issues, and more.  The extenuating circumstances must be documented for the specific term(s) in which the SAP deficiency occurred through the appeals process.
  • SAP appeals are considered on a case-by-case basis by an appeals committee. The student does not meet with the committee and correspondence is via email.
  • Eligibility may be regained if an appeal is approved. Some appeals may be approved for a probationary term.  There may be conditions placed on a student for the probationary term.

Financial Aid Warning

Students (undergraduate and graduate) in good financial aid standing who do not meet the SAP requirements after a term will be placed on Financial Aid Warning.  These students do not need to appeal.

  • SAP is checked at the end of each semester. If the student on warning meets the SAP requirements at the end of the following semester, no actions needs to be taken.
  • If the student on warning is not making SAP at the end of the following semester, they are ineligible for financial aid. The student may appeal for consideration of aid for a future term.