SAP for Undergraduate Bachelor’s and Graduate Students

Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for Bachelor’s Degree and Graduate program of studies are measured based on the student’s qualitative and quantitative performance at Georgia State University and accepted transfer courses. These measures include:

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA): A student must maintain a certain Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in relation to the total hours attempted at Georgia State University and accepted transfer hours. CGPA calculation includes all hours attempted at Georgia State University.
    • Transfer articulation performed prior to Fall 2016 will not be re-evaluated; this includes both attempted hours and transfer GPA.
    • Georgia State University uses a plus-minus grading system for the 4 year and higher programs; a 4.5 GPA scale. The 2 year programs will not use a plus-minus grading system, but will maintain a 4.0 GPA scale.
  • Pace: The pace at which a student must progress within his/her program of study is 66.66 percent of the total hours attempted must be earned.
  • Maximum timeframe: The maximum amount of hours a student may receive financial aid is 150 percent of the total hours published in his/her program of study.

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

Students must meet each of the measures to continue receiving financial aid at Georgia State University. These standards apply to part-time students as well as full-time students. Satisfactory Academic Progress is measured at the end of Spring semester after grades have been officially published. Students are notified on his/her student account on PAWS at, and student Georgia State University email.

The Satisfactory Academic Progress standards are applied to all of Georgia State University’s student population admitted to Bachelor’s Degree and Graduate Programs. This population includes, but is not limited to:

  • Students that receive or have received financial aid.
  • Students that have not or do not receive financial aid.
  • Students that are or were in ineligible student statuses; dual/joint enrollment, transient, some international, or undeclared major.

Federal regulations require that students maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in their program of study to continue receiving Federal Title IV aid (federal student financial aid). Failure to maintain SAP results in the loss of federal student financial aid. Federal student financial aid includes: Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG); Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized); PLUS loan; Federal Work Study Program; and HOPE Program (HOPE is not federal aid, but is affected).

Students must meet each of the measures to continue receiving financial aid at Georgia State University.

Cumulative GPA (CGPA)

The cumulative grade point average (GPA) is a qualitative standard.  A student must maintain a certain cumulative grade point average (GPA) at Georgia State University to continue to remain eligible for financial aid.

  • Undergraduate  (Bachelor’s Degree)  students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00. There are courses that may appear in the Academic Cumulative GPA, but are not included in the SAP GPA calculation as the hours cannot be used toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree:
    • Transfer hours that have been identified as not having an equivalent course at Georgia State University are considered non-transferable.
    • Federal regulations require that grades that are forgiven by the institution remain in the GPA calculation for financial aid academic progress.
  • Graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least:
    • 2.20 for the Law Program
    • 3.00 for all other Graduate Programs

Maximum Time Frame

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

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

The program and maximum attempted hours are listed below:

Program of Study Maximum Attempted Hours
Undergraduate Bachelor’s 180*
Undergraduate Bachelor’s 2nd Degree Additional 90
Graduate 90*
Graduate 2nd Degree Additional 45

Students that are identified as approaching the maximum time frame allowed to receive financial aid for his or her program of study will be reviewed to determine if the student will earn a degree  prior to, at, or after the maximum allowed hours.

Program of Study Transition

Students that are permitted to transition to another program of study are subject to the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for that program of study. It is the student’s responsibility to review the Standards of Satisfactory Academic progress for that program of study. Students are advised to be counseled by the Financial Aid Office and Advisement on the impact of a transition.