Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal regulations require institutions to monitor the academic progress of financial aid recipients. Grand Valley's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) 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 provisions and definitions.

If a student becomes ineligible for financial aid, they may appeal their SAP standing in the event of the death of a relative, an injury or illness of the student, or other special circumstances.  You must submit a SAP Appeal Form, and any supporting documentation that you have that would help the committee make a decision on your future financial aid eligibility.  

Use our GPA Calculator to determine minimum grades needed to maintain financial aid eligibility.


Undergraduate Students

  • Achieve a minimum 1.5 cumulative GVSU GPA for 0-24 credits completed.
  • Achieve a minimum 1.8 cumulative GVSU GPA for 25-54 credits completed.
  • Achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative GVSU GPA for 55+ credits completed.
  • Complete and pass a minimum of 2/3 of all GVSU credit hours attempted.
  • Complete all degree requirements within 150% of the minimum number of credit hours required to graduate (based on 120 credits for undergraduate students.)

Second Undergraduate Students

  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative GVSU GPA.
  • Complete and pass a minimum 2/3 of all GVSU credit hours attempted.
  • Complete all subsequent undergraduate degree requirements within 270 cumulative credit hours. (An additional 90 credits will be allowed for a subsequent undergraduate degree. First bachelor degree students must not exceed 180 cumulative credit hours, which is 150% of the minimum requirement to obtain an undergraduate degree.)

Masters Students

  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GVSU GPA.
  • Complete and pass a minimum of 2/3 of all GVSU credit hours attempted as a masters student.
  • Complete all degree requirements within 150% of the minimum number of credit hours required to graduate (based on 60 credits for masters students).

Doctoral Students

  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GVSU GPA.
  • Complete and pass a minimum of 2/3 of all GVSU credit hours attempted as a doctoral student.
  • Complete all degree requirements within 150% of the minimum number of credit hours required to graduate (based on 120 credits for doctoral students).

Policy Provisions & Information

  • Transfer credits will not be included in calculating the two-thirds completion rate. Transfer credits are included in the 150 percent of required credits limit for all students.
  • Satisfactory academic progress will be determined at the end of each semester for all enrolled students regardless of whether or not financial aid was received that semester.
  • Students in good financial aid academic standing who fail to meet the requirements in the subsequent semester will be placed on financial aid warning to allow them one semester to regain eligibility. If students are not meeting the overall satisfactory academic progress requirements after one semester of warning, they will no longer be eligible for aid.
  • Students who were placed on a SAP warning status who were unable to meet the minimum requirements will be given the option of appealing to the SAP Appeals Committee to request an exception to receive financial aid for one probation semester. While on probation, a student must meet the following requirements to maintain financial aid eligibility:
    • Earn a 2.5 semester GPA or a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
    • Complete all credits the student is still registered for at the end of the drop/add period.
  • All credit hours attempted through international programs and through concurrent enrollment agreements count in the SAP calculation.
  • Students meeting financial aid probationary requirements will be continued on financial aid academic plan until they again meet standard academic progress requirements. Failure to meet the financial aid probationary GPA and/or credit completion requirement while on financial aid probation will result in the loss of eligibility for continued financial aid.
  • Students may regain financial aid eligibility by achieving a minimum accumulative GPA of 2.0 and/or successfully completing a minimum of 67 percent of cumulative attempted credit hours at their own expense.
  • Repeat classes increase the total attempted hours, but do not increase the total number of credits completed.
  • Grades of W, NC, F, or I do not count in the GPA or credit completion requirement; however, these grades do count as attempted credits.
  • Credits hours earned by testing or other nonstandard means are counted in the satisfactory academic progress calculations as both hours attempted and hours earned.
  • All credit hours attempted through international programs and through concurrent enrollment agreements count in both attempted and earned calculations.
  • Students who fail to meet the previously listed academic progress standards may appeal the loss of financial aid eligibility. Appeals must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships with appropriate documentation of the circumstances which prevented the student from meeting the SAP requirements. The deadline for submission of an appeal for any semester in which aid is denied under this policy is the last day of the fourth week of classes.

NOTE: Refer to the Academic Policies and Regulations for the Academic Review Policy. These are separate from and different than the financial aid satisfactory academic progress requirements discussed previously.



Page last modified August 3, 2018