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Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy FAQ

Help-32How can I meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards?

Students must meet the three defined standards of SAP: Pace, Minimum GPA, and Maximum Time Frame.

Help-32What is PACE?

PACE is a measurement used to define a student’s academic progress towards completing their degree. All students must earn a minimum of seventy-five (75) percent of their cumulative attempted credit hours.

Help-32How do I calculate PACE?

Cumulative credits earned divided by cumulative credits attempted = % PACE
(NOTE: Transfer credits count as earned AND attempted for purposes of SAP)

Help-32What is the minimum GPA that I must maintain to meet SAP?

Undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 1.8 prior to earning twenty-three (23) credit hours and at least 2.0 subsequent to earning twenty-four (24) credit hours.
Graduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Courses that are repeated will have only the highest grade achieved counted towards the GPA calculation.
Doctor of Pharmacy Professional Program (PharmD.) students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0

Help-32What is the maximum time frame requirement?

All students are expected to complete their respective educational programs within a specified timeframe. Once this timeframe has elapsed, students are no longer eligible to receive most forms of financial aid.
Undergraduate students are expected to complete their educational program in a timeframe no longer than 150% of its published length, as measured in credit hours (i.e. approximately 180).
Graduate students are expected to complete their educational program within seven (7) years of its commencement (i.e. approximately 200 credit hours).

Help-32Can I appeal my SAP status?

Yes; however only well documented extreme hardships will be considered. Examples of extreme hardship are typically limited to a death or illness in the student’s immediate family; an illness; or injury befalling the student themselves. Other types of hardships may be considered with appropriate documentation. SAP Appeal forms can be found here.

Help-32Why have I been placed on a Financial Aid Eligibility Plan (FAEP)?

The purpose of a Financial Aid Eligibility Plan (FAEP) is to assist students in meeting the institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy standards by a specific point in time.

Help-32What are the requirements of the Financial Aid Eligibility Plan (FAEP)?

Full-Time Undergraduate Students must complete a minimum of twelve credit hours each semester with a minimum GPA of 2.0 for the affected term.
Part-Time Undergraduate Students must complete all courses for which they receive financial assistance with a minimum GPA of 2.0 for the affected term.
Graduate Students who are enrolled for nine or more credit hours must complete a minimum of nine credit hours each semester with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the affected term.
Graduate Students who are enrolled for less than nine credit-hours must complete all courses for which they receive financial assistance with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the affected term.
Full-time Doctor of Pharmacy Students must complete a minimum of eighteen (18) credit hours per term with a minimum GPA of 2.0 for the affected term.

Help-32Do I need to speak with my advisor and/or the Dean of Students Office (DOS) about my appeal?

Although it is not mandatory to discuss either your appeal or the FAEP with your advisor, we encourage students to take full advantage of all resources, including the support of academic advisors and the staff in the Dean of Students Office.

Help-32Can I regain eligibility for financial aid without filing an appeal? Can I regain eligibility for financial aid if my appeal is denied?

Yes. If you are meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy standards at the point of the annual SAP evaluation (end of spring term) you would regain eligibility for financial aid for the following academic year. Courses you complete at UConn count towards both Pace and GPA measurements. Credits taken elsewhere and successfully articulated to UConn will be counted towards your Pace measurement only. If you would like your eligibility to be evaluated prior to the end of the spring semester, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid Services.

Help-32Where can I view a copy of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy?

A full copy of the University of Connecticut’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy is available here.