Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Applies to all Braniff School of Liberal Arts, College of Business, and Neuhoff Institute
for Ministry & Evangelization graduate students receiving financial aid.
As required by the Higher Education Act of 1965, the University of Dallas has established
minimum standards for financial aid eligibility for graduate students. Satisfactory
Academic Progress policy is a set of standards that a student must achieve in order
to receive federal financial assistance. Graduate students must be making Satisfactory
Academic Progress (SAP) to be eligible for any federal or state financial aid.
- A Qualitative measurement or cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 GPA scale
is required along with a Quantitative measurement or cumulative pace towards graduation
of at least 67% (.67) are reviewed at the end of each term (Fall, Spring and Summer).
Pace will be evaluated by dividing earned hours by all attempted hours. Withdrawal
from classes will affect a student's pace and will be calculated as attempted credits.
Transfer credits count as earned credits but do not affect the GPA. All transfer credit
accepted by the University of Dallas will be included as both attempted and completed
in the pace calculation.
- Graduate students must complete all work within the time limit set by their program.
- An Incomplete or a Temporary grade does not count as an earned credit and will affect
eligibility until credit is earned. SAP cannot be reviewed until a grade has been
posted for all classes completed. Once a grade has been posted to replace an incomplete
grade, a student should contact the Office of Financial Aid to have SAP reviewed.
A student is not eligible for financial aid until the SAP status has been determined.
- If the student is not making SAP, he or she will be notified of a one-semester Financial Aid Warning. During the warning semester, the student must have a cumulative pace of at least
67% and complete the semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 GPA
scale. If these requirements are not met at the end of the warning semester, the student
will lose his or her financial aid for the next semester (this is known as a Financial Aid Suspension). A student can regain Financial Aid eligibility if SAP requirements (67% pace and
3.00 or higher cumulative GPA on a 4.00 GPA scale) are met at the end of a subsequent
- A student placed on Financial Aid Suspension can make a formal written appeal for the reinstatement of financial aid for one semester. An appeal can be made in
the event of the death of a student's relative, injury or illness of the student,
or other special circumstances. If an appeal is granted, a student will be put on
Financial Aid Probation and will receive financial aid for one additional semester. A student on Financial Aid Probation must reach 67% of the cumulative graduate credit
hours attempted or pace and earn a 3.00 cumulative GPA on a 4.00 GPA scale by the
end of the probationary semester or meet other academic standards set by the Director
of Financial Aid in order to have his or her financial aid reinstated.
- If a student receiving financial aid withdraws after the term begins, the student
must notify Financial Aid. Per federal regulations, the Office of Financial Aid will perform a return of funds
calculation. Once a student attends beyond the 60% point of the term, the student
has earned 100% of all aid. A complete withdrawal prior to then, however, will result
in aid that must be returned to its program(s). The percentage of aid that must be
returned for federal funds may also be applied to state and institutional funding.
This may result in the student owing a balance to the University. Prior to returning,
the student must pay that balance in full. (Changing all courses to audits counts
as withdrawal for financial aid purposes).
Updated January 15, 2022