Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

The receipt of financial aid is a privilege that creates both rights and obligations. The United States Department of Education requires every postsecondary institution receiving federal funds (Title IV) to have an academic progress policy that is used to determine eligibility for and continued receipt of federal funds. Title IV federal funds affected by this policy include the Federal Programs: Pell Grant, SEOG, College Work-Study, Perkins Loans, PLUS Loans, Stafford Student Loans and Teach Grant. Georgia State University also uses this standard to renew need-based aid. Merit aid has different standards. Georgia State University has designed an academic progress policy that meets the requirements of both federal and state agencies.

Progress is measured by three standards, the qualitative standard, the quantitative standard (pace) and the time frame standard.

Qualitative Standard

The qualitative standard is the student’s cumulative grade point average. The Overall GPA is measured by Academic Standing requirements.

  • Undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00.
  • Graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.

Quantitative Standard (Pace)

The quantitative standard (pace) is the number of overall credits earned in relation to those attempted. All students must complete at least 67 percent of all courses attempted at any college attended. The completion ratio is measured by dividing total hours earned by total hours attempted. Grades of F, W, WF, I, or U do not count as passing grades. Grades of IP are not considered passing for undergraduate students.

NOTE: Remedial and IEP coursework is included in the Qualitative and Quantitative standards.

Time Frame Standard

The third standard is the maximum time frame allowed to complete the academic program. A student is eligible to receive financial aid for a maximum number of overall attempted hours.

NOTE: Academic Renewal – All hours are included in the Satisfactory Academic Progress calculation.

  • Undergraduate students at Georgia State University may attempt a maximum of 180 hours*. Undergraduates working on a second degree will be given an additional 90 hours to earn their second degree. *NOTE: Transfer hours are included.
  • Graduate students at Georgia State University may attempt a maximum of 90 hours*. Graduates working on a second degree will be given an additional 45 hours to earn their second degree. *NOTE: Transfer hours are included.
  • Doctoral students are monitored by their perspective colleges.
  • Law students are monitored by the College of Law.

Academic progress is checked at the end of Spring Semester every academic year. Failure to complete the minimum number of credit hours per academic year or maintain the minimum GPA will result in the cancellation of all Federal, State and Institutional funds. Students whose aid is canceled are not eligible for additional financial aid until the SAP standards are met.