Satisfactory Academic Progress
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is defined as proceeding toward successful completion of degree requirements. Our office is required by federal regulations to determine whether a student is progressing toward the degree requirements. The official record of the OSU Registrar is reviewed to determine student compliance with this Policy.
To ensure all potential applicants for federal and state student aid know their eligibility status, all students will be assessed at the end of each semester, regardless of whether they are applying for federal financial aid via the FAFSA at the time of the SAP evaluation.
This Policy pertains only to eligibility for federal and state assistance, as well as Oklahoma's Promise and Cowboy Covenant. A recipient of an OSU cash or tuition scholarship/tuition waiver, or athletic grant-in-aid must meet the eligibility requirements of the respective program. If you have questions about the monitoring of satisfactory progress not addressed in this Policy, please contact our office.
Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
Students are encouraged to exceed the following minimum requirements to complete their degree in the shortest time possible:
- Not exceed a maximum number of hours to complete the degree program (Table 1).
- Maintain a minimum overall cumulative Graduation/Retention Grade Point Average (Table 2).
- Maintain pace towards degree completion by successfully completing at least 67% of the total cumulative hours attempted. This includes all courses attempted at any college or university.
- *BAR in Architecture maximum = 231 hours
- *BEN Architectural Engineering maximum = 210 hours
- *BLA in Landscape Architecture maximum = 225 hours
- *BSBE in Biosystems Engineering maximum = 188 hours
- *BSCV in Civil Engineering maximum = 192 hours
- **MS in Comm Sciences and Disorders maximum = 78 hours
- **MS in Counseling maximum = 90 hours
- **MBA in Business Administration maximum = 78 hours
|Total GPA hours attempted||GPA requirement|
|Undergraduate||0 through 30||1.70|
|31 or more||2.00|
Courses/grades used in determining SAP
All coursework attempted, including any repeated, reprieved or remedial courses or withdrawals recorded on the OSU Transcript at the time of the progress check are considered when determining if the student has exceeded the maximum number of hours for degree completion and has completed 67% of the total cumulative hours attempted.
- The following grades indicate successful completion of a course: “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” “S,” “P,” “R,” “SR,” or “X.”
- The following grades indicate a course was not successfully completed: “W,” “F,” “F!,” “I,” “IB,” “IC,” “ID,” “IF,” “N,” “NP,” “U,” or “UR.”
- Audit courses (grades of “AU”) are not counted in the total hours attempted for any semester or as successful completion of a course.
- Independent study, correspondence and extension courses may count toward successful completion of hours attempted if they are completed by the last day of the semester. For information about eligibility and payment of aid for these types of courses, please contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.
- Transfer coursework must be reflected on the OSU Transcript to be considered for purposes of financial aid eligibility.
Failure to maintain SAP
- A student who exceeds the maximum number of hours allowed for degree completion (see Table 1) will be determined ineligible from future financial aid.
- A student who either fails to achieve the required cumulative Graduation/Retention GPA (see Table 2), or to complete at least 67% of the total hours attempted, will be placed on financial aid warning for the following semester of enrollment at OSU. A student may receive financial aid during the semester on financial aid warning, but must meet the overall minimum requirements at the end of the financial aid warning semester to continue to be eligible.
- A student who does not meet the GPA and pace (67%) requirement at the end of the financial aid warning semester will become ineligible to receive federal and state assistance, as well as Oklahoma's Promise and Cowboy Covenant.
Financial aid appeal
- A student determined to be ineligible for assistance based on the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy can submit a written appeal, based on death of a relative, injury or illness of the student, or other special circumstances, to the Faculty Financial Aid Appeal Committee. In the appeal, the student must include why the student failed to make satisfactory academic progress, and what may have changed in the student's situation that will allow the student to demonstrate successful academic progress at the next evaluation.
- A student made ineligible for exceeding the maximum hours allowed for degree completion must also have the academic advisor complete the "Remaining Hours Required for Degree Completion" form if extenuating circumstances require the student to exceed the maximum hours limit.
- Action taken on a financial aid appeal is final and is transmitted to the student by email from the Faculty Financial Aid Appeal Committee. Depending upon the timeliness of the appeal, it is possible for a student to have an appeal denied and also not be entitled to a refund of charges if the student chooses to withdraw from classes. A student who enrolls and attends class whose appeal is subsequently denied will be eligible for a refund of charges based solely on the schedule in the "Drop/Withdrawal Fee Policy" in the OSU Catalog.
Financial aid probation
- Students whose appeals are approved will be placed on financial aid probation and will be given an academic plan whose requirements must be met each semester in order to retain financial aid eligibility.
- A student made ineligible for reasons other than exceeding the maximum number of hours for degree completion who does not appeal, or whose appeal is denied, may regain eligibility by meeting the cumulative GPA and pace (67%) standards.
- These standards may be met while either attending OSU without financial aid or by transferring work from an accredited institution that, when combined with OSU work, meets the cumulative requirements. Transfer work must be reflected on the OSU Transcript to be considered for purposes of financial aid eligibility.
Appeal form (PDF)