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. For example:
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 to students pursuing graduate certificates, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees:
The petition must be directed to the director of graduate school operations and must
be supported in writing by the graduate program director. Following review, the director
of graduate school operations shall provide the student written notification of his/her
decision on the petition. The student may submit a written appeal of this decision
to the graduate studies committee, normally c/o the associate dean of the graduate
college. The graduate studies committee shall notify the student of its decision on
the petition in writing. Thereafter the student may file a written appeal of the graduate
studies committee decision to the graduate college dean. The decision of the graduate
college dean shall be final. A petition filed pursuant to this provision must be filed
in writing within 30 days of the date of the letter notifying the student of the decision
from which an exception is sought.
*(Citation: Graduate Catalog, Appendix E: Graduate Student Procedures for Appeals and Petitions > Section I. A. Exceptions to Academic Policies)
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 will have to 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: