Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
For Satisfactory Academic Progress as it relates to scholarship eligibility, please
As required by the Higher Education Act of 1965, the University of Dallas has established
minimum standards for eligibility for students who receive financial aid. The Satisfactory
Academic Progress policy is a set of standards that a student must achieve in order
for them to receive federal financial aid. Evaluation of a student's academic standing
and progress for financial aid eligibility will be made at the end of each semester.
To maintain eligibility for any financial aid administered by the University, including
federal, state, and institutional funds, Satisfactory Academic Progress must be made.
Financial Aid Probation is not the same as Academic Probation.
1. Cumulative GPA, pace and credit hours earned are reviewed at the end of each term (fall, spring, and summer).
2. A student must be able to complete his/her degree within the 150% point of required
credits. For example, if a student is enrolled in a program requiring 120 credits
to earn the degree, he/she may lose eligibility once more than 180 credits have been
3. As a full-time student, 12 credits hours must be earned each semester (Fall and
Spring only) and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher must be earned in order to maintain
SAP. As a part-time student, 6 credits must be earned each semester with a cumulative
GPA of 2.0 or higher. A less than half time student must earn 3 credits per semester.
4. The University will also review a student's pace towards graduation. Pace, or completion
rate, is a measurement of the number of hours a student has earned divided by the
number of hours attempted. This is a cumulative calculation that is completed at the
end of each semester and includes both institutional and transfer hours. Undergraduate
students must have a pace (completion rate) of at least 66% (.66).
5. Transfer credits count as earned credits but do not affect the GPA. However, transfer
credits do count towards the limit of credits attempted (as described in #2) and the
6. Withdrawal from a course can affect a student's financial aid since it is counted
as an attempted course that is not earned. This will affect a student's pace calculation.
An Incomplete or a Temporary grade does not count as earned credit and will affect
eligibility until credit is earned. SAP cannot be assessed until all incomplete grades
have been posted. If a student has a grade of incomplete, he/she will not be reviewed
for SAP and will not be eligible for financial aid until SAP can be reviewed. Please
contact the Office of Financial Aid once a grade has been posted so that SAP can be
reviewed. If a course is repeated and cancelled, eligibility may be affected if total
credits earned fall below the minimum required. A previous Financial Aid Warning may
not be removed by raising a prior semester's GPA through the Repeat and Cancel policy,
but financial aid eligibility may be reinstated or continued by raising the cumulative
GPA to the minimum required using the policy.
7. If the student is not making SAP, he or she will be notified of a Financial Aid
Warning for one semester. During the warning semester, the student must earn 12 credits
as a full-time student (or 6 credits as a part-time student), 66% pace and complete
the semester with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. If these requirements are not met at the
end of the semester the student will lose his or her financial aid for the next semester
(this is known as Financial Aid Suspension). A student can regain their Financial
Aid eligibility if SAP (12 credits and a 2.0 cumulative GPA) is met at the end of
a subsequent semester.
8. A student who does not meet SAP at the end of the Financial Aid Warning period
and is thus notified of a Financial Aid Suspension can make a formal written appeal
to the Director of Financial Aid 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. The deadlines for an appeal
are as follows:
Fall term: July 31
Spring term: January 15
Summer term: June 7
If an appeal is granted a student will be put on Financial Aid Probation and will
receive financial aid for one semester. A student on Financial Aid Probation must
earn 12 credits and a 2.0 cumulative GPA by the end of the probationary semester or
meet other academic standards set by the Director of Financial Aid (called an Academic
Plan) in order to have his or her financial aid reinstated. A Financial Aid Suspension
can be lifted once a student is again meeting all SAP requirements.
If you have been awarded a Texas Equalization Grant please note these renewability requirements: To be considered for a Tuition Equalization
Grant in the next academic year, you must:
- Submit a completed FAFSA with demonstrated need, AND
- have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500, AND
- have earned 24 hours (undergraduate) or 18 hours (graduate) between September and
August of the previous academic year.
Withdrawal and Return of Title IV Funds: Federal regulations require that any student who withdraws from the University must
comply with the Higher Education Amendments of 1998. Students who withdraw from UD
must notify the Office of Financial Aid for completion of Title IV withdrawal. If
a student receiving financial aid withdraws after the semester begins, an official
withdrawal must be completed. Any student who plans to withdraw must contact the Financial
Aid Office. Once a student has notified the Office of Financial Aid of an intent to
withdraw, he or she has 48 hours to seek all required signatures to complete the withdrawal
process. The date used for the withdrawal will be the date the student initiates (starts)
the process. The official withdrawal must be completed in all offices. Federal, state
and institutional Aid (including academic scholarships) may be returned and the student
may owe a balance to the University. Prior to returning, the student must pay that
balance in full.
Once a student attends beyond the 60% point of the term, he or she has earned 100%
of all aid. The percentage is calculated by taking days attended versus total days
in the student's enrollment. A complete withdrawal prior to this date, however, will
result in aid that must be returned to its program(s). The percentage of aid that
must be returned for federal funds will also be applied to state and institutional