Federal and state regulations require us to monitor the academic progress of financial aid applicants to ensure that they are making Satisfactory Academic Progress toward the completion of their degree. Students who violate this policy may lose their eligibility to receive additional federal, state, and institutional aid. TU will evaluate your progress at least once per year and as frequently as the end of each term.
The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy for financial aid recipients is different from TU's Academic Standing Policy.
The following aid programs require students to meet these SAP standards:
Undergraduate and graduate students must meet all four of these cumulative SAP standards to be eligible to receive most financial aid programs (including student and parents loans; state scholarships; Federal Work-Study funds; and federal, state, and institutional grants).
|Cumulative Attempted TU and Transfer Units||Minimum Cumulative GPA|
|Undergraduate Students with 1–29.5 attempted units||1.50|
|Undergraduate Students with 30–59.5 attempted units||1.75|
|Undergraduate Students with 60 attempted units and above||2.00|
|All Graduate Students||3.00|
You must pass at least 67% of your cumulative attempted units. Completion Rate Formula = Cumulative Completed Units / Cumulative Attempted Units.
You must complete all graduation requirements before you reach 150 attempted units. If you reach 150 attempted units, your eligibility to receive aid will be suspended, but you may appeal to request aid for additional terms.
The TU graduate school monitors and enforces the following time limits for students pursuing graduate certificates, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees:
Time Limit for Completion of Degree and Certificate Requirements – Students are to
abide by TU policy for completion of degree and certificate requirements. Students
are to contact the Registrar's Office and provide documented evidence related to health
problems or extenuating circumstances to petition for time extension. Petitions for
time extensions beyond one year require documentation of substantive health problems
or extenuating circumstances. The Registrar makes the determination regarding the
extension based upon documented evidence, and in consultation with the student’s academic
department and program director. When students have a dispute with the determination
made by the Registrar, they may appeal to the dean of the academic college, then the
Graduate Studies Committee. The decision of the Graduate Studies Committee is final.
*(Citation: Graduate Catalog, Appendix F: Student Responsibilities and Rights > Section I. Graduate Student Appeals Process for Academic Issues)
If you reach 24 attempted developmental course units, you must appeal to request aid for additional terms. If you reach 30 attempted developmental units, you will become ineligible to receive any additional aid for developmental courses, but could still be eligible for aid for non-developmental courses if you are meeting all the other cumulative SAP standards listed above.
If you officially drop a course before the end of the term's change of schedule deadline, it will not count as an attempted unit, and will not harm your completion rate.
Remember that you reduce your completion rate every time you withdraw from a course after the change of schedule deadline, do not earn a passing grade, audit a course, or repeat a course that you have already passed.
A student has already completed MATH-115 with a “D” grade, but repeats it two more times. During the term that he repeats MATH-115 for the second time, he also takes one other 3-unit aid-eligible course.
Because we must exclude the MATH-115 units, he only has 3 total aid units for that term. If he has any aid that requires more than 3 units, we must cancel those aid disbursements for that term.
If your appeal is denied, you will remain permanently ineligible for financial aid at TU unless you continue to attend TU without aid and improve your overall record enough to meet all of the required cumulative SAP standards.
For additional information on related academic policies for graduate students, please see the: Graduate Catalog.
Relevant Graduate Catalog Sections: