Financial Aid

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Disclaimers

Federal regulations require institutions to monitor the academic progress of financial aid recipients.  Grand Valley's Satisfactory Academic Policy is to provide financial aid to students capable of remaining in good academic standing and who make adequate progress toward a degree.  

Students must meet the academic requirements below, to remain eligible for financial aid. Grand Valley must take into consideration ALL attempted Grand Valley credits regardless if financial aid was received for those credits. 

A student's financial aid eligibility is reviewed each semester. For more information on the policy, please see the SAP policy disclaimers and definitions

If a student becomes ineligible for financial aid, they may appeal their SAP standing. 


SAP will be determined at the end of each semester for all enrolled students regardless of whether or not financial aid was received.

Students repeating courses may be eligible for financial aid; however, repeat classes increase the total attempted hours, but do not increase the total number of credits completed.

Transfer credits (counted as “earned” credits) will be included in calculating the 150% required credit limit for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

The complete GVSU academic record is considered regardless of whether or not financial aid was received each semester.

Credit hours earned by testing or other non-standard means will be included in calculating the 150% required credit limit for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

All credit hours attempted through international programs and through concurrent enrollment agreements count in the SAP calculation.

Refer to the Grand Valley catalog for the "Academic Review Policy."  These requirements are separate from and may be different than the financial aid SAP requirements and have a separate appeal process.

Page last modified March 5, 2013