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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 funds.

SAP is based on three measures:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.”
    3. 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

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.

Contact Us

University of Houston-Clear Lake
Office of Financial Aid
SSCB 1.105
2700 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX 77058-1098

(281) 283-2480

(281) 283-2502


Fall/Spring Hours:
Mon-Thurs. 8am - 6pm
Fri. 8am-5pm

Summer Hours:
Mon-Thurs. 8am - 6pm
Fri. 8am-noon

School Code: 011711
Last updated: 12/17/2015
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