Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Federal regulations require that a student maintain satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of a degree program in order to receive Title IV federal financial aid.  Title IV funds include Federal Pell, Federal SEOG, Federal TEACH, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-study, Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan, Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, and Federal PLUS loan.   Checking satisfactory progress involves a measurement of a student’s performance qualitatively, through grade point average, and quantitatively, through successful completion of credit hours attempted.  A third area looks at the maximum credit hours attempted for a student to finish a degree program.  Satisfactory academic progress for financial aid eligibility is evaluated separately from the institution’s academic policies. 
Students who fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress will have their Title IV federal financial aid eligibility suspended. 
A student must maintain all three standards listed below in order to remain eligible for federal Title IV financial aid.

1.          A student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average according to his/her current grade level:


Freshmen (under 27 credits)        1.75

Sophomore (28-59 credits)           2.00
Junior (60-89 credits)                   2.00

Senior (90+ credits)                     2.00

Graduate                                    3.00


A review of the student’s cumulative GPA takes place at the end of each semester.  A student is placed on probation at the end of a semester if he/she fails to maintain the required cumulative GPA.


ATTENTION:  STUDENTS GRANTED ACADEMIC AMNESTY – An amnesty GPA cannot be used to measure your academic progress for Title IV federal financial aid eligibility.  Therefore, the Registrar’s Office will provide the Financial Aid Office with a cumulative GPA that includes all coursework/semester credits attempted, including those that may have been excluded due to academic amnesty.


Any student who is placed on probation for two consecutive terms will have his/her federal Title IV aid eligibility suspended.  (See Appeal Process.)  Please note that being reinstated academically does not automatically reinstate your financial aid eligibility.


2.             A student must complete with a passing grade (A,B,C, or D) at least 70% of the credits attempted each term.  A student will be placed on warning at the end of a term if he or she fails to complete enough courses

“Credits attempted” is defined as the number of hours (regular and remedial) for which a student is registered after the final add/drop date (generally two weeks after the semester begins.)  Courses that are repeated are counted toward the total credits attempted.  Grades of F (failure), I (incomplete), WP (withdraw pass), WF (withdraw fail), and NC (no credit) will count as credits attempted but not satisfactorily completed.  Any courses/semesters excluded because of academic amnesty are counted as credits attempted.  A student who does not maintain the 70% completion standard will have his/her financial aid eligibility suspended.  (See Appeal Process.)


3.            The University of Sioux Falls has established a limit on the maximum number of credit hours attempted for which a student may receive Title IV Federal financial aid.  All credits attempted, including transfer hours, repeated hours, and those for which the student received no financial aid are included in the total.  (Remedial coursework hours are excluded.)  The maximum number of credits is based on the degree pursued.


Type of Degree

Maximum Credit Hours Attempted









A student exceeding the maximum number of credit hours allowed, for the intended degree program, will not be eligible to receive Title IV financial aid and will be placed on financial aid suspension.  (See appeal process.)


Appeal Process of Financial Aid Suspension

A student who fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress may appeal the suspension of their financial aid eligibility