Federal and state regulations require us to verify that aid recipients are making Satisfactory Academic Progress toward the completion of their degrees. Students who violate these requirements may lose their eligibility to receive additional federal, state, and institutional aid.
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 three of these cumulative requirements to remain eligible to receive the aid programs above.
(These revised requirements apply to Spring 2020 and beyond.)
You must meet the minimum GPA below based on your cumulative earned units at TU (including your transfer units, test units, and all your graded TU courses).
|Cumulative earned TU and Transfer Units||Minimum Cumulative GPA|
|Undergraduate Students with 1–29.5 units||1.50|
|Undergraduate Students with 30–59.5 units||1.75|
|Undergraduate Students with 60 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.
Example: If you attended TU for 3 semesters, and attempted a total of 30 units, but only passed 12 of those units, then your completion rate would = 12 / 30 = 40%
You must complete all your graduation requirements before you reach 180 attempted units.
The TU graduate school monitors and enforces the following time limits for students pursuing graduate certificates, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees:
To appeal for time extensions, please follow these procedures from Section I of Appendix F of the Graduate School Catalog:
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 a 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.
Attempted units include all accepted transfer courses and test credits and all TU courses that you don't drop by the change of schedule (drop/add) deadline.
Completed units include accepted transfer courses and test credits and TU courses with any of the following letter grades (A, B, C, or D) or pass grades (S, PE, PS, or CRD).
Uncompleted units include all attempted units that were not successfully completed including all of the following grades: AU (Audit), F or FX (Failure), I (Incomplete), NCR (No credit), U (Unsatisfactory), or W (Withdraw).
Repeated Courses: If you repeat a passed course, it will only count as completed units once. All other attempts will count as uncompleted units.
Developmental courses: TU excludes the following courses from the completion rate formula and Maximum Attempted Unit calculations: DVMT (math), DVRD (reading), and DVWR (writing).
If you officially drop a course before 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 it for the second time, he also takes one other 3-unit course.
Because we must exclude the MATH-115 units, we can only count 3 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 you reach 30 attempted units from developmental courses, you will become ineligible to receive any additional aid based on units from developmental courses, but could still be eligible for aid for others courses.
All students are evaluated at least once per year in June.
Students with prior violations who are currently on SAP probation status or SAP Academic Plan status are also evaluated in January.
If you have violated any of the cumulative SAP standards, we will suspend your eligibility to receive financial aid for all future terms at TU.
Suspended students are not eligible to receive any federal student and parents loans; state scholarships; federal work-study funds; or federal, state, and institutional grants.
Suspended students may appeal to request aid for additional terms. If you have received a financial aid SAP suspension notice from the TU Financial Aid Office, to appeal your suspension, you must use this Online SAP Appeal Form.
The Financial Aid Office will review the appeal and will email the appeal decision to the student’s TU email account.
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 graduate student academic policies, please see the following sections of the Graduate Catalog: