Satisfactory Academic Progress

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) is required by Federal Law 668.34 (Federal Register/Vol. 75, No. 209, October 29, 2010) to define and enforce the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress in measurable standards to determine a student’s eligibility to receive financial assistance. These standards ensure the proper distribution of financial assistance to eligible students. Students who complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), who are enrolled, and who are making continuous progress in a program leading to a degree are eligible for Title IV, state, and institutional financial aid.  

    Title IV Financial Assistance Programs include the following:

    • Federal Pell Grant
    • Federal Work Study Program
    • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
    • Federal Direct Loans         
    • Federal Parent PLUS Loan (for undergraduate students)
    • Federal Graduate PLUS Loan (for graduate students)

    Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress at IUP for Title IV assistance purposes is defined as being in compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP). Inability to meet the guidelines of this policy results in a loss of funding from all Title IV programs. IUP cannot waive the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirement for any student in order to allow them to receive federal financial assistance.

    The minimum federal requirements are as follows:

    • Minimum GPA Requirement: For undergraduate students, the minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is 2.0, and for graduate students, the minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is 3.0.
    • Pace (passing percentage): All students must pass 67 percent of their attempted credits. (overall passed credits divided by overall attempted credits)
    • Degree completion maximum timeframe: Students cannot exceed 150 percent of the normal period to complete their academic program. (Example: if it takes 120 credits to earn a Bachelor degree, then it cannot take a student more than 180 overall attempted credits to earn this degree. 120 x 150% = 180 total credits allowed).

    Both part-time and full-time students are treated equally for the purposes of monitoring and enforcing Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

    To review the SAP Policy and the SAP Appeal Form, see the appropriate link below.

    Financial Aid SAP Appeal Form

    Financial Aid SAP Policy

    Deadline to File an Appeal

    • Fall Appeal: November 15
    • Spring Appeal: April 15
    • Summer Appeal: July 15