Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) denotes a student's successful completion of coursework toward a college degree.  Federal regulations (HEA Sec. 484(c)) require that Central Michigan University monitor the satisfactory academic progress of all students regardless if they have received financial aid in previous semesters. These financial aid requirements are separate from students’ academic requirements. To maintain eligibility for federal student aid, as well as most state and institutional student aid programs, there are three distinct criteria that must be monitored and met.

  1. Quantitative standard: Students must complete 67% of all CMU credits attempted each semester of enrollment which includes the summer semester.
  2. Qualitative standard: Students must maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA as an undergraduate student and a 3.00 cumulative GPA as a graduate student.     
  3. Maximum time frame standard: The number of attempted credits in which a student is expected to finish a program cannot exceed 150 percent of the published length of the program.

SAP Financial Aid Warning

Financial aid warning means you have one semester to meet SAP requirements and remain eligible for financial aid.   A student will be removed from SAP financial aid warning after successfully completing the quantitative and qualitative standards listed above. 

Failure to Meet SAP Warning Requirements

Students who do not meet the terms of financial aid warning are not eligible for aid in subsequent semesters and will be placed on financial aid denial. 

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