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Satisfactory academic progress

In order to ensure students receiving financial aid are successfully completing their degree program in a timely fashion, the federal government requires each institution to monitor each student's academic progress. To remain eligible for federal and state aid programs, you must meet all three of ASU's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards regardless of whether you have received financial aid in the past. This policy is not applicable to scholarships or employee tuition benefits. Your SAP status does not determine your eligibility to register for classes.

SAP Standards

Students must maintain a minimum ASU GPA according to the ASU Academic Standards (undergraduate | graduate). Students on academic disqualification are not eligible for financial aid.

Students must pass at least 67% of their total attempted ASU credit hours in their current degree level at ASU. Passed credits do not include courses with grades of E, I or W and Law grades of 59 (Failing F89-SS01) and 64 (Failing F01). A passed course, if retaken, will be considered passed only once, yet attempted twice. Audited courses, ungraded courses, remedial no-credit courses and courses with a grade of Z are excluded from this measurement. Measurement of your pace rate will occur once a year at the completion of the spring semester. Students on Financial Aid Suspension due to a pace rate violation are not eligible for federal and state financial aid (see SAP Status Definitions below). This policy is not applicable to scholarships or employee tuition benefits.

Students must not exceed the maximum attempted credit hour limit for their degree program as indicated in the table below. All passed credits reported on college transcripts sent to ASU are included in this measurement. Audited courses are excluded from this measurement. Students who have attempted in excess of the credit hours indicated in the table below, are ineligible for financial aid. Measurement of your attempted credit hours will occur once a year at the completion of the spring semester. Students on Financial Aid Termination due to a maximum credit hour violation are not eligible for federal and state financial aid (see SAP Status Definitions below). This policy is not applicable to scholarships or employee tuition benefits.

Termination Alert Notification

Undergraduate students who have reached 150 credits will be sent an email alert of the potential of being placed on financial aid termination.

Maximum Allowable Credits According to Degree Level and Program

Program Maximum Cumulative Attempted Credits Allowed
1st Bachelor's 180 while classified as an undergraduate
B.S. in Aeronautical Management Tech. 192 while classified as an undergraduate
B.S. in Engineering 192 while classified as an undergraduate
B.S. in Computer Engineering Tech. 192 while classified as an undergraduate
B.S. in Computer Science 192 while classified as an undergraduate
BS in Construction 192 while classified as an undergraduate
B.S. in Electronic Engineering 192 while classified as an undergraduate
B.S.D. (Interior Design Majors only) 225 while classified as an undergraduate
B.S. Manufacturing Engineering Tech. 192 while classified as an undergraduate
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Tech. 192 while classified as an undergraduate
B.M. in Music Education 188 while classified as an undergraduate
B.M. in Music Therapy 194 while classified as an undergraduate
Post Baccalaureate 240 while classified as an undergraduate
Master's 90 while classified as a graduate
Doctoral 168 while classified as a graduate
Juris Doctor 174 while classified as a graduate
Please note: All undergraduate courses, including minors, dual majors, dual/concurrent degrees, and prior degrees, must be completed within the applicable limit to avoid a violation.

SAP Status Definitions

Status Definition How to Regain Eligibility
Financial Aid Suspension This SAP status will be placed on your financial aid file if your ASU pace rate drops below 67%. If you are on financial aid suspension, you are not eligible for financial aid for the current and subsequent semesters and all aid that has been awarded will be placed on hold. If the measurement occurs after a semester has begun, aid for that semester will be canceled. This policy is not applicable to scholarships or employee tuition benefits. Your SAP status does not determine your eligibility to register for classes. You can do one of the following:
  1. Enroll at ASU without financial aid and pass sufficient credits to meet the required cumulative institutional pace rate standard.
  2. Submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress Review form (with required documentation of circumstances) by the deadline noted on the form. Submission of this form is not a guarantee of an approval and/or reinstatement of financial aid eligibility. If your SAP Review form is approved, your eligibility will be reinstated until the next SAP Pass Rate measurement.
Financial Aid Termination This SAP status will be placed on your financial aid file if you exceed your maximum credit hour limit for your degree program. If you are on financial aid termination, you are not eligible for financial aid for the current and subsequent semesters. All aid that has been awarded will be placed on hold. If the measurement occurs after a semester has begun, aid for that semester will be canceled. This policy is not applicable to scholarships or employee tuition benefits. Your SAP status does not determine your eligibility to register for classes. Submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress Review form (with required documentation of circumstances) by the deadline noted on the form. Submission of this form is not a guarantee of an approval and/or reinstatement of financial aid eligibility. If the SAP Review form is approved, your financial aid eligibility will be extended through the number of credit hours it takes you to earn your degree. Review approval is only granted for extenuating circumstance beyond the control of the student.
Financial Aid Probation This SAP status will be placed on your financial aid file when you have successfully appealed your financial aid suspension with a SAP Review form. You will be eligible to receive financial aid as long as you remain eligible. Reviews may only be granted for extenuating circumstances beyond your control. At the conclusion of each measurement period, your Satisfactory Academic Progress will be evaluated to determine your financial aid eligibility. Your SAP status does not determine your eligibility to register for classes. Bring your pace rate to 67% or above by the next spring measurement.

SAP Review Form Deadlines

  • FAll 2014: October 16, 2014
  • Spring 2015: March 17, 2015
  • Summer 2015: July 2, 2015

Appealing a SAP Review Form Decision

A committee will review appeals on a case-by-case basis. Review approval is only granted for extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student. Inability to master course material is not an extenuating circumstance. All decisions made by this committee are final.