Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

As a student, you must be making progress toward your degree to continue receiving financial aid. We monitor this through a process called Satisfactory Academic Progress. At the end of each semester, we evaluate your cumulative grade point average (GPA) and the number of credits you've taken to determine if you're eligible to re-enroll for financial aid the following semester.


Minimum GPA:

  • Undergraduate and law students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
  • Graduate students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Completion rate: All undergraduate, graduate and professional students must complete 66.667% of attempted credits.

Maximum timeframe: Students must complete their degrees within the following:

  • *Undergraduate students* = 187 attempted credits
  • Graduate students = 135 attempted credits
  • Law students = 135 attempted credits
  • Medical students = 218 attempted credits

All credits enrolled in as of the last day to add or drop a course for the semester count as attempted.

*Undergraduate students - exceptions may be reviewed on a student initiated case-by-case basis for Accountancy, Chemical Engineering, Clinical Laboratory Science, Civil Engineering and Nursing which require additional credits for the degree. Post-baccalaureate students (not admitted to graduate, law or medical programs of study) enrolled in an educational program that leads to an undergraduate degree or teacher certification are also subject to the undergraduate maximum timeframe standard.

If You Don't Meet SAP Requirements

If you don't meet the GPA conditions and/or completion rate of Satisfactory Academic Progress, but had met all conditions at the beginning of the previous semester, you'll be placed on Financial Aid Warning, which makes you eligible for one additional semester of aid that requires SAP to be met.

If you do not meet one or more of the conditions of SAP after Financial Aid Warning, you will be placed on Financial Aid Disqualification, which makes you ineligible for all aid that requires SAP to be met. See the forms page for SAP Petition and Documentation forms. See dates and deadlines for SAP Petition deadline.

Financial aid suspension

Appealing SAP

If you are not meeting the SAP requirements, you will receive an email indicating why you are not meeting satisfactory progress.

You're eligible to appeal the decision to place you on Financial Aid Disqualification by petitioning the Student Financial Aid Office.

  1. You must explain and document why you failed to make Satisfactory Academic Progress and how you intend to make satisfactory progress by the next evaluation.
  2. Complete the SAP appeal form, and attach supporting documentation required based on your specific reasoning.

Your petition will be reviewed by the SAP Committee. Please allow one to two weeks for processing.

If your SAP petition is declined by the SAP Committee, you have the option to appeal the initial decision by writing to the Student Financial Aid Director by the deadline provided in your notification if you have additional information not already included in the original appeal.


Director of Financial Aid
University of North Dakota
216 Twamley Hall
264 Centennial Drive, Stop 8371
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8371

The decision of the Financial Aid Director is final. If your appeal is approved, you will be considered to be making Satisfactory Academic Progress

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