Satisfactory Academic Progress
What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?
Under federal and state statutes all students applying for or receiving federal or
state financial assistance must be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward
a degree or certification. UHCL also uses this requirement for awarding institutional
SAP is based on three measures:
- Grade Point Average. Undergraduates must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
and graduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Completion Ratio. Students must complete 75% of their cumulative attempted coursework
at UHCL. This is derived by dividing the total number of UHCL hours plus accepted
transfer course work completed by the total number of UHCL hours attempted plus accepted
transfer course work. Attempted hours are those completed plus hours of “WX”, “WQ”,
“I”, “F”, and “IP.”
- Timeframe to Complete Academic Program. Undergraduates who have attempted more than
171 credit hours and graduates who have attempted more than 54 credit hours have exceeded
the established timeframe for their respective degrees. Total hours also includes
any accepted transfer course work
Undergraduate students enrolled in the following programs must complete their program
within the specific timeframe listed below:
Pre-Engineering 99 credit hours
Graduate students enrolled in the following programs must complete their master’s
or doctoral degree within the specified timeframe listed below:
Early Childhood Education MS 73 credit hours
Clinical Psychology MA 63 credit hours
School Psychology SSP 70 credit hours
Family Therapy MA 63 credit hours
Healthcare Business Administration 84 credit hours
Education Leadership EdD 69 credit hours
The first semester that a student fails to meet the GPA or completion ratio requirement
for SAP he or she will receive a warning email regarding financial aid eligibility.
The second semester that a student fails to meet the GPA or completion ratio, his
or her financial aid will be canceled. Students who exceed the timeframe for their
academic program will not receive a warning. Their financial aid will be canceled.
Can I appeal my Satisfactory Academic Progress status?
If you are not eligible for financial aid due to academic progress, then you may file
a written appeal to the office of financial aid. The appeal form is available on our
website under Online Forms and Services. Please read the appeal form instructions carefully and submit all supporting documentation. Upon approval
of your SAP appeal, your financial aid will be reinstated.
How long does it take to process a Satisfactory Academic Progress appeal?
Our committee usually reviews appeals within two weeks. We send appeal results by
email the following business day.
You can find more detailed information about Satisfactory Academic Progress in the UHCL catalog.