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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Applies to all Braniff School of Liberal Arts, College of Business, and School of Ministry graduate students receiving financial aid.

As required by the Higher Education Act of 1965, the University of Dallas has established minimum standards for financial aid eligibility for graduate students. Satisfactory Academic Progress policy is a set of standards that a student must achieve in order to receive federal financial assistance. Graduate students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to be eligible for any federal or state financial aid.


For the 2013/2014 academic year. 

1) A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required along with a cumulative pace towards graduation of at least 66% (0.66). Pace will be evaluated by dividing earned hours by all attempted hours. Transfer hours will be used in this calculation. Withdrawal from classes can affect a student's pace and will be calculated as attempted credits.

2) Complete all work within the time limit set by their program.

3) An Incomplete or a Temporary grade does not count as an earned credit and will affect eligibility until credit is earned. SAP cannot be reviewed until a grade has been posted for all classes completed. Once a grade has been posted to replace an incomplete grade, a student should contact the Office of Financial Aid to have SAP reviewed. A student is not eligible for financial aid until the SAP status has been determined.

4) Cumulative GPA and pace are reviewed at the end of each semester that a student receives financial aid (Fall, Spring, and Summer as applicable).

5) If the student is not making SAP, he will be notified of a one-semester Financial Aid Warning. During the warning semester, the student must have a cumulative pace of at least 66% and complete the semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. If these requirements are not met at the end of the semester the student will lose their financial aid for the next semester (this is known as a Financial Aid Suspension). A student can regain their Financial Aid if SAP requirements (66% pace and a 3.0 cumulative GPA) are met at the end of a subsequent semester.

6) A student who does not meet SAP at the end of the Financial Aid Warning period is placed on Financial Aid Suspension. He can make a formal written appeal to the Vice President of Enrollment Management for the reinstatement of financial aid for one semester. An appeal can be made in the event of the death of a student's relative, injury or illness of the students, or other special circumstances. If an appeal is granted a student will be put on Financial Aid Probation and will receive financial aid for one additional semester. A student on Financial Aid Probation must reach a 66% pace and earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the end of the probationary semester or meet other academic standards set by the Vice President of Enrollment Management in order to have their Financial Aid reinstated.

7) If a student receiving financial aid withdraws after the term begins, the student must notify Financial Aid. Per federal regulations, the Office of Financial Aid will perform a return of funds calculation. Federal, State, and Institutional aid may be returned, and the student may owe a balance in Student Account Services. Prior to returning, the student must pay that balance in full. (Changing all courses to audits counts as withdrawal for financial aid purposes).

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