Information Item #1 - Submitted by the Financial Aid Services                         (2012-2013/Oct)     



Satisfactory Academic Progress

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires institutions of higher education to establish and apply standards of academic progress that all students must meet to qualify and remain eligible for assistance from the Title IV student financial aid programs. Therefore, to maintain satisfactory academic progress to be eligible to receive financial aid, students must maintain specified grade point averages and proceed through the program at a pace leading to completion within a specified time frame. Satisfactory academic progress will be measured at the end of each semester.  All students placed on Financial Aid Warning or Financial Aid Suspension will be notified of their Satisfactory Academic Progress status in writing at the conclusion of each semester.


Institutional categorical and merit/talent scholarship aid is exempted from this Satisfactory Academic Progress policy and is instead based upon each individual award's criteria.  For athletic aid, student-athletes must maintain Progress-Toward-Degree requirements in accordance with the NCAA's Division I Manual (Policy as detailed in the UNF Student-Athlete handbook. 

Required Completion Rates

Required completion rates are calculated unrounded. All students are required to complete a minimum of 67% of the total credit hours they attempt. Pace is measured by dividing the cumulative number of credit hours earned by the cumulative number of hours attempted.


Required Grade Point Average

All Undergraduate and Post Baccalaureate students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.00 each semester and overall cumulative.  Certain programs of study may be held to a stricter standard


Graduate students must achieve a minimum term grade point average of 3.00 each semester and overall cumulative. 


UNF grade point averages are calculated unrounded.  A GPA of 1.999 is calculated as 1.99 not 2.00.  For more information on how to calculate your GPA, click here


Requirement of Maximum Time Frame

Students' eligibility for financial aid ends when they have exceeded the following hours:


Undergraduate Students - Exceed 180 attempted credit hours

Graduate Students - Exceed 53 attempted credit hours


Satisfactory Academic Progress Status

A student who achieves all Satisfactory Academic Progress standards is considered in Good Standing and may continue to receive Federal Student Aid.


A student on Good Standing who fails to meet any of the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards will automatically be placed on Financial Aid Warning and may continue to receive Federal Student Aid for one semester.

A student on Financial Aid Warning who fails to meet any of the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension  and is ineligible for Federal Student Aid.

A student on Financial Aid Suspension may submit an appeal.  If a student on Financial Aid Suspension does not submit an appeal or such a student submits an appeal and the appeal is denied the student will remain on Financial Aid Suspension  and is ineligible for Federal Student Aid

If an appeal for a student on Financial Aid Suspension Status is granted, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation for one semester and may continue to receive Federal Student Aid for one semester. If at the conclusion of the Financial Aid Probation semester Satisfactory Academic Progress standards are not met as outlined above or according to his or her academic plan, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension  and is ineligible forFederal Student Aid.



A student who exceeds the maximum time frame requirement and is granted a Graduation Contract must uphold the requirements of the Graduation Contract and satisfactory academic progress in general in order to once again be placed on Financial Aid Probation the following semester.



A student on Financial Aid Probation may be required to fulfill specific terms and conditions, (e.g. taking a reduced load or enrolling in specific courses) according to their academic plan.


A student on Financial Aid Suspension may re-establish their Satisfactory Academic Progress status to Good Standing without appeal by following the Re-establishing Eligibility without Appeal process.


Policy for Student Appeals

If a student is ineligible for Federal Financial Aid based on the satisfactory academic progress requirements the student may appeal this decision by completing the Satisfactory Progress Appeal Form. The student will be advised in writing of the decision. If an appeal is denied at this level, the student may appeal to the Enrollment Services Appeal Committee.


The following steps are required when submitting an appeal:   

  1. Obtain and complete the Satisfactory Progress Appeal Form.

  2.  Attach a signed statement explaining extenuating circumstances beyond your control that affected your academic performance.

  3. Provide written documentation of your special circumstances.
  4. Attached supporting documentation to validate your statements.
  5. Identify the steps you have taken to ensure that you will not fall below satisfactory academic progress standards in the future.
  6. Attach a completed academic plan of action form signed by academic advisor
  7. For students who have exceeded the maximum time frame requirement, a Graduation Contract signed by the student and the academic advisor must be attached to your Satisfactory Progress Appeal Form.
  8. Sign and date your petition.
  9. Submit completed application and supporting documentation to One-Stop Student Services.

Some examples of acceptable reasons are listed below:

  1. A student's serious illness or accident that must be documented from a medical or mental health professional.
  2. Death in the student's family that must be documented by providing a copy of the death certificate or obituary.
  3. Other unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of the student that caused the student to fall below the satisfactory progress standard.

Appeal Deadline

All appeals must be submitted before the last day of classes for the term in which the student is attempting to establish eligibility. It is the responsibility of the student to decide when an appeal is appropriate and to initiate an appeal before the specified deadline.  Students who plan to appeal are encouraged to do so within 5 business days of notification in order to ensure a determination of eligibility prior to becoming fee liable for the following semester.

Re-establishing Eligibility without Appeal

If a student chooses not to appeal Financial Aid Suspension or a Financial Aid Suspension appeal is unsuccessful for Grade Point Average or Completion Rate credit hours earned, the student may re-establish eligibility by taking coursework and achieving all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. Eligibility may not be re-established without an appeal when Maximum Time Frame (150% rule) standards are violated.

Subsequent Degree Programs

Satisfactory academic progress status is calculated for all students after the posting of grades each semester and prior to the start of the following semester. As a result, some students beginning a new degree program in a subsequent semester, such as a second bachelor's degree or a master's degree, may be placed on Satisfactory Progress Warning or Suspension for exceeding 150% of the attempted hours needed to receive a degree, based on total hours they have attempted.

Concurrent Enrollment, Study Abroad, and Exchange Agreements

Hours and grades earned from other institutions as a part of Consortium, Study Abroad and/or Exchange agreements must be evaluated to verify that Satisfactory Academic Progress standards have been met. Students who take courses at another institution through Concurrent Enrollment and Study Abroad are required to submit transcripts from the host institution(s). These transcripts must provide final grades for the coursework approved by UNF. The hours and grades attempted and earned in these courses will be included in the student's GPA calculation and completion rate and will be included in future Satisfactory Progress reviews. Students should submit an official transcript and a Satisfactory Academic Progress Concurrent Enrollment/Study Abroad form to request a reevaluation of their Satisfactory Academic Progress status after transcript evaluation.

Additional Information:

Satisfactory Academic Progress and Repeated Courses

Repeated courses affect a student's grade point average, maximum time frame, and completion rate Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.  Each time a course is repeated counts as an attempt and only the first time a passing grade is received counts as a completion.  Information about repeated coursework may be found at

Satisfactory Academic Progress and Dual-Degrees

Students in "4 + 1" dual Bachelor & Master degree programs will adhere to Satisfactory Academic Progress standards according to their undergraduate or graduate grade-level distinction.  For example a fourth year student in a dual-degree program will adhere to undergraduate Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.

English as a Second Language and Remedial Courses

English as a Second Language (ESL) and Remedial courses are not included in a student's grade point average, maximum time frame, and completion rate Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.

How are Completion Rate, Grade Point Average, and Maximum Time Frame SAP requirements affected by incompletes, withdrawals, repeated coursework, and transfer credits?

  Completion Rate Affected? Grade Point Average Affected? Maximum Time Frame Affected?
Incompletes Yes No Yes
Withdrawals Yes No Yes
Repeated Coursework Yes Yes Yes
Transfer Credits Yes Yes Yes

Questions? Contact One-Stop Student Services

If you need additional information; please contact One-Stop Student Services at 
(904) 620-5555 or in person. One-Stop is located in UNF Hall, Building 53, Suite 1700.