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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must meet minimum academic standards, known as Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. SAP measures a student’s progress towards degree completion.

Based on federal rules, Financial Aid & Scholarships has established guidelines for evaluating your progress. SAP standards are not always the same as the academic standards of the university or of any specific department or professional school.

Undergraduate Satisfactory Academic Progress (excluding pharmacy students)

  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative KU GPA
  • Complete/pass at least 67% of all credit hours that you attempt to take
  • Complete your degree within the time limit allowed for your degree program
    • 180 attempted credit hours for a first bachelor’s degree at KU
    • 240 attempted credit hours for a second bachelor’s degree at KU
    • 270 attempted credit hours for the Master of Architecture Program

Undergraduate Certificate Only Students

  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative KU GPA
  • Complete/pass at least 67% of all credit hours that you attempt to take
  • Complete your certificate program within 150% of the credit hours required for your certificate program.

Pharmacy Satisfactory Academic Progress

  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative KU GPA
  • Complete/pass at least 67% of all credit hours that you attempt to take.
  • Complete the Pharmacy program within 312 attempted credit hours.

Graduate/Law Satisfactory Academic Progress

Graduate Students:

  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative KU GPA
  • Complete/pass at least 67% of all credit hours that you attempt to take
  • Complete degree within the time limit allowed for the degree program
    • Master’s Degree: within 7 years from first day of enrollment
    • Doctoral Degree: within 8 years from first day of enrollment

Law Students:

  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative KU GPA
  • Complete/pass at least 67% of all credit hours that you attempt to take
  • Complete  degree within the time limit allowed for the degree program
    • Juris Doctor (JD): within 5 years from first day of enrollment
    • Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD): within 8 years from first day of enrollment
    • LL.M Program in American Legal Studies: within 3 years of first day of enrollment
  • Graduate Certificate Only Students
    • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative KU GPA
    • Complete/pass at least 67% of all credit hours that you attempt to take
    • Complete  certificate program within 150% of the credit hours required for the certificate program.

SAP Financial Aid Appeals

If you become ineligible for financial aid because you have not met the minimum SAP standards, you may file a financial aid appeal if you believe that you have experienced mitigating circumstances. To start the financial aid appeal process:

  1. Schedule an appointment with a financial aid counselor to discuss your situation. If you're eligible to appeal, the counselor will provide you with the appeal form.
  2. Complete and submit your appeal to Financial Aid & Scholarships by the deadline listed on the appeal form.

The Financial Aid Appeals Committee will review the appeal within 4 weeks of your submission. You will be notified of the decision by email.

  • If your appeal is approved, you will meet with a financial aid counselor to review and sign your appeal decision letter.
  • If your appeal is denied, the denial email will include information outlining why you were denied, when you can appeal again, and what your financial aid options are while you are ineligible for federal aid due to SAP.
  • Committee decisions are final and are not subject to further review.

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