Satisfactory Progress

Satisfactory Progress

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by Congress, mandates that institutions of higher education establish minimum standards of "satisfactory academic progress" (SAP) for students receiving federal financial aid. These standards apply to all Federal Title IV aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, TEACH Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans and Federal Work-Study. The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards apply to all students seeking federal Title IV financial aid, regardless of whether a student has received Title IV financial aid in the past. 

Satisfactory academic progress is reviewed annually after the spring semester.  A student must meet the following requirements in order to satisfy the academic progress policies for Federal and State financial aid. Failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in accordance with these standards will result in the loss of financial aid until the student is again maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

Quantitative Standard

  • Successfully earn 2/3 of all credits attempted.  This measure is cumulative and includes all credits attempted at Bloomsburg University as well as transfer credits. See “Additional Considerations” below for information about repeated courses.
  • Maximum time frame is defined as the required length of time it will take for a student to complete his/her degree.  A student will remain eligible for federal aid for up to 150% total attempted credits. All credits transferred to the university and attempted credits will count towards the maximum time frame requirement for Satisfactory Academic Progress.
    • Undergraduates-Maximum time frame is 180 credits
    • Graduates-Maximum time frame will vary by degree completion requirements.  The maximum standard will be set at 150 percent of the minimum number of credits needed to complete the graduate degree

Qualitative Standard

  • Undergraduate students must have a 2.00 cumulative grade point average by the end of their second academic year.
  • Graduate students must have a 3.00 cumulative grade point average at the end of each academic year.

Additional Considerations

  • Repeated courses- Course repeat grades will only be counted toward the minimum satisfactory progress standard if credits were actually earned.  A repeat of any passing grade will not be counted as credits earned in two different semesters.  However, it will be counted as credits attempted for each session in which the course was taken.  Credit will only be awarded during the semester in which the grade was first earned.  Federal regulations will permit payment of federal aid for only the first repeat of a previously passed course. 
  • An incomplete grade, a failing grade, or withdrawal from a course will count as zero credits earned.
  • Students enrolled in a non-degree program must also meet these satisfactory progress standards to obtain financial aid in subsequent semesters.


Students are strongly encouraged to complete the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form if they fall below the minimum standards and have an exceptional situation. If extenuating circumstances exist and an appeal is successful, students may be granted additional probationary semesters of financial aid.  Students granted a probationary semester of financial aid will have their progress reviewed at the next regularly scheduled evaluation period or if an academic plan is utilized for an individual, evaluation will be in accordance with the terms of the academic plan.  Subsequent appeals for additional terms of aid after failing to regain compliance during the probationary term will NOT be considered unless there are HIGHLY unusual circumstances.