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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

All students are required to make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in an eligible degree or certificate program to be eligible for financial aid. Federal regulations require that your entire Indiana University academic record be reviewed for SAP, including semesters in which you did not apply for or receive financial aid.

SAP Requirements

To be eligible for financial aid at IUPUI, a student must meet all of the requirements listed below:

Program Grade Point Average (GPA):

Students must maintain a cumulative program GPA of at least the minimum required by their academic program.

Transfer hours from outside of the IU system do not count toward the program GPA. Exception: courses from Purdue are used in the calculation of program GPA for students enrolled in Purdue degree programs.

Completion Rate

You must complete a minimum of 67% of your attempted GPA hours. The calculation used to determine your completion rate is:

For SAP purposes, your completion rate will be rounded to the nearest whole percentage. For example, completing 6 out of 9 attempted credit hours would result in a completion rate of 67%. Hours successfully completed include those with grades of A, B, C, D, P, R, and S. Unsuccessful completion (included in total hours attempted in the formula above) includes grades of F, FX, I, and W. Transfer hours are counted as both attempted and completed.

Attempted Hours may include:

    • Hours accepted for transfer
    • Repeated coursework
    • Coursework in which a student is granted academic forgiveness
    • Consortium coursework
    • Courses that are noncredit remedial and enrichment
    • English as a Second Language courses
    • Coursework completed in the Passport Program between IUPUI and Ivy Tech Community
      College of Central Indiana

Audited courses are not included in the SAP calculation.

Maximum Degree Completion Time Frame of 150%

Students must complete their degree requirements within 150% of the published semester hour length of the academic program. We are required to select students at the point in time we determine they cannot meet the 150% requirement. Therefore, we begin to select students when they have attempted 125% of the published semester hour length of their academic program. For example, if a degree requires 120 credit hours for completion, a student will be selected for SAP when they have attempted 150 credit hours (120 credit hours X 125%).

SAP Monitoring

The Office of Student Financial Services reviews each undergraduate and graduate financial aid application for SAP on an annual basis. This evaluation begins after Spring Semester grades have been posted in May and must be completed for additional financial aid can be awarded. After you submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you are evaluated to determine if you meet the standards for SAP. Students who do not submit the FAFSA but apply for a private loan or Federal Direct PLUS Loan will also be evaluated for SAP.

Students enrolled in eligible certificate programs are monitored for SAP compliance at the end of each payment period (i.e., after fall semester before spring aid is awarded, after spring semester before summer aid is awarded, and after summer before fall semester aid is awarded).

Loss of Financial Aid Eligibility

You must meet all the SAP requirements listed above to be eligible to receive financial aid. If you do not meet the requirements, you will be notified via your IUPUI email account and an item will appear on your “To Do List”. You will see multiple items on your To Do List if there are multiple SAP requirements that you do not meet.

Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility

You may reinstate your financial aid eligibility in two ways:

•  Successfully complete coursework that improves your overall program GPA and/or completion rate to meet the SAP requirements. As noted earlier, degree-seeking students are evaluated on an annual basis. However, you may request a SAP review at the end of any semester of enrollment.

Note: Students who are at or near the maximum timeframe cannot improve their status by continuing to take classes. Students in this category must always submit an appeal for aid consideration.

•  Appeal to the Office of Student Financial Services SAP Committee. Information on how to submit an appeal is included in the SAP email notification. The SAP Appeal Form is located at the bottom of this page. You should schedule an appointment with your academic advisor in order to develop an academic plan for the upcoming academic year that will enable you to meet the minimum SAP requirements.

In addition to completing the appeal form, you are required to provide the following:

   •  Typed personal statement explaining:
            - Extenuating circumstances beyond your control that led to your not meeting SAP, and, and
            - What actions you are taking to ensure future academic progress

   •  Documentation to support your extenuating circumstance(s). Examples of extenuating
      circumstances include (but are not limited to):
            - A period of illness or injury,
            - Death of an immediate family member,
            - Family difficulties (illness or divorce),
            - Military service.

   •  A copy of your unofficial transcript.

SAP Appeal Deadlines

You should submit the appeal and required documentation by:
   •  August 1st for Fall Semester,
   •  December 15th for Spring Semester, and
   •  April 15th for Summer Semester enrollment.

SAP Appeal Reviews

The Office of Student Financial Services SAP Committee will review your appeal within 15 business days of receiving your completed appeal form and required documentation. Decisions are made after a careful evaluation of your unique circumstances, Federal Title IV regulations, and the IUPUI guidelines. You will be notified of the committee’s decision via your IUPUI email account. During this time, you are responsible for any tuition and fees (including late fees) that are charged to your account.

Note: Please be aware that submitting an appeal does not guarantee approval or aid eligibility.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding SAP, please visit:

 Download & Print Forms

  2018 - 2019 Aid Year (Fall 2018 - Summer 2019)
      • IUPUI SAP Appeal Form
      • IUPUC SAP Appeal Form
      • IU Fort Wayne SAP Appeal Form

  Summer 2018
      • SAP Appeal Form for Summer 2018