Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Students who have already received an Associate’s Degree or a Bachelor’s Degree, but who are enrolled in another undergraduate program, may continue to be eligible to receive financial aid, as long as Satisfactory Academic Progress standards are met. In measuring the maximum time frame, all credits from the first degree which apply to the new degree program are generally included.
The SAP standards cover all periods of enrollment regardless of whether financial aid was being received. Federal financial aid may not be used to pay for more than one repeat of a previously passed course. The same standards of academic progress are applied to all forms of financial assistance. However, the standards are higher for scholarships. The UVU Financial Aid & Scholarships Office evaluates students' SAP standing at the end of each payment period (semester) in the academic aid year.
To remain eligible, the student must constantly maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 75% of the awarded hours for each semester or for each academic year. If a student fails to maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA or does not complete at least 75% of the awarded hours, the student may be placed on a financial aid warning, may appeal to regain his/her eligibility, or may have aid suspended until the student makes up the deficient hours or raises the GPA to the required minimum at the student’s own expense.
Once a student has attempted more than 150% of the required credit hours for his/her program of study, that student is no longer eligible to receive financial aid.At this time, t he student may be placed on a financial aid warning, may appeal to regain eligibility, or will be required to attend at his/her own expense.
If a student’s failure to maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA or completion of at least 75% of the awarded hours occurs the semester following a semester in which the student met these standards, the student will be given a semester of Warning in which to regain full eligibility. Likewise, if the student exceeds the maximum time frame of 150% following a semester in which the student was in compliance with this standard, a semester of Warning will be given.
Any semester in which a student is given a SAP status of Warning for failing one or a combination of the SAP standards, no appeal is required for consideration of this status. However, the student is required to complete an in-person counseling session with a Financial Aid Counselor, or complete a counseling form sent to the student electronically which the student prints out, fills out, and returns to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.
If a student on financial aid warning fails to meet the SAP standards at the end of one payment period, the student will receive a failed SAP status. The student then has the right to appeal. If the appeal is approved the student will be placed on financial aid probation. If the appeal is denied the student must attend a semester(s) at their own expense until they are back in compliance.
Please see our SAP Appeal page for information on the appeal process. Students who fail SAP will be notified of their standing through their UVLink account.
It is the student’s responsibility to stay informed of the university’s SAP standards and to monitor his/her own progress semester by semester through the student's UVLink account.
Please be aware that the financial aid SAP policies are not the same as UVU’s general academic standards. Therefore, a student’s general academic standing may be different than his or her financial aid SAP status. Generally, financial aid SAP standards are more strict than the general academic standards.