12 successfully completed hours/18 attempted hours=0.6667 Pace of Completion. This student is making SAP because they have successfully completed two thirds of the hours they attempted.
Maximum Total Attempted Hours:
Undergraduate students are not making SAP once their Total Attempted Hours equal 150% of the number of hours required to complete their undergraduate degree, or once it is apparent they will be unable to complete their undergraduate degree before reaching their applicable Maximum Allowable Total Attempted Hours
For most UGA undergraduate degrees, this provides students up to 181 Total Attempted Hours to complete a 121 semester hour degree. The maximum allowable number of attempted hours is proportionally increased for students in degree programs requiring more than 121 hours.
If a student has 166-180 Total Attempted Hours at the end of a semester, the student must be graduating at the end of his or her next semester of enrollment; otherwise, the student will have reached his or her Maximum Total Attempted Hours and be ineligible to receive financial aid during his or her next semester of enrollment.
Measurement of Quality:
Minimum Overall Grade Point Average (GPA):
All Undergraduate students must have at least a 2.0 Minimum Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) at the end of every semester. SAP policy uses the official grading scale of the University of Georgia (UGA). See the UGA Bulletin for more information on the University’s grading scale.
Undergraduate students who change majors during the Academic Year are strongly encouraged not to withdraw from any classes as they are still required to successfully complete the minimum 67% of their Total Attempted Hours.
Students who change majors or degree programs are at risk of exceeding their Maximum Total Attempted Hours before obtaining a degree. Students who decide to change majors or degree programs should do so early in their academic career so as not to jeopardize future eligibility for student financial aid at the University. Changing majors is not a justification for failing to maintain SAP.
Mandatory Academic Assistance Credit Hours:
The Maximum Total Attempted Hours allows for any additional attempted hours necessitated by a student’s requirement to enroll in any Academic Assistance / Learning Support courses.
Study Abroad / Student Exchange / Consortium Courses:
Hours based on enrollment in Study Abroad, Student Exchange or approved consortium courses are counted toward Total Attempted Hours.
These courses will not count as Successfully Completed Hours until the applicable academic transcript reflecting successful completion is received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and grades are entered into Athena.
Students should contact the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) once Study Abroad, Student Exchange or consortium grades are entered so OSFA can determine if they now meet the Minimum 67% Pace of Completion.
The University’s granting of Academic Renewal does not change or alter the calculation of a student’s Total Attempted Hours. The student’s Total Attempted Hours will continue to be determined in the usual way.
Additional Baccalaureate Degrees:
Students who have graduated with a baccalaureate degree and wish to pursue a different baccalaureate degree are still limited to the number of Maximum Total Attempted Hours applicable to one baccalaureate degree; the Minimum 67 Percent Pace of Completion, and the Minimum Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) will continue to be calculated using all undergraduate hours accepted for transfer credit plus all hours attempted at UGA.
Example: The student has completed a BSED degree and is now seeking an AB degree. She has attempted 147 hours at The University and in transfer which means she is allowed an additional 34 hours of aid eligibility for the second degree before reaching her Maximum Allowable Total Attempted Hours (150%). Also, should it become apparent she will be unable to complete her second degree before reaching her Maximum Allowable Total Attempted Hours, she will no longer be eligible for aid. The student has completed a BSED degree and is now seeking an AB degree. She has attempted 147 hours at The University and in transfer which means she is allowed an additional 34 hours of aid eligibility for the second degree before reaching her Maximum Allowable Total Attempted Hours (150%). Also, should it become apparent she will be unable to complete her second degree before reaching her Maximum Allowable Total Attempted Hours, she will no longer be eligible for aid.
Otherwise Eligible Non-Degree Students:
Otherwise eligible non-degree students (those pursuing approved teacher certification or approved preparatory coursework are subject to the undergraduate SAP requirements.
Dual Baccalaureate Degrees:
For students simultaneously pursuing two (or more) baccalaureate degrees, the measurement of their Minimum 67% Pace of Completion and Measurement of Quality are still based on their Total Attempted Hours. Their Maximum Total Attempted Hours will be calculated using the degree with the greater number of required hours.
By registering for and receiving a grade in a course for which credit hours have already been granted, either by work at the University or by transfer, a student forfeits the previous credits in that course. All grades, however, will be included in the student’s overall grade point average. Please see the UGA Bulletin for information on UGA’s repeated coursework policy.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Evaluation Process:
SAP is evaluated at the end of every semester and prior to making a financial aid Award. After grades are posted, OSFA e-mails all financial aid recipients informing them of the need to review their SAP status on Athena, which either informs them they are maintaining SAP or provides the reason(s) for their failure to maintain SAP. Those students not maintaining SAP are informed of the specific SAP standard(s) not being met and provided a link to the SAP Appeal Policy & Procedures.
Financial Aid Warning:
Financial Aid Warning is defined by federal regulation and cannot be altered or modified.
Financial aid applicants and recipients who were previously maintaining SAP but are identified as failing to maintain either the Minimum 67% Pace of Completion or the Measurement of Quality will be placed on Financial Aid Warning status for one semester of enrollment.
Although students placed on Financial Aid Warning status are no longer making SAP, they are still eligible to receive any federal or state financial aid for which they are otherwise eligible during their one semester on Financial Aid Warning.
All financial aid awarded for any semesters subsequent to the Financial Aid Warning semester will be cancelled.
Students who have been placed on Financial Aid Warning due to their failure to meet the Minimum 67% Pace of Completion and/or the Measurement of Quality will retain their financial aid eligibility if, at the end of their Financial Aid Warning semester, they are again meeting both of these requirements. Previously cancelled aid for which they are again eligible will be reinstated. See “How to Regain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) on Your Own”.
Students who have either exceeded their Maximum Allowable Total Attempted Hours or cannot regain SAP on their own during their Financial Aid Warning semester should skip the following section and read the SAP Appeal Policy and Procedures (see below).
How to Regain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) on Your Own:
This option applies only to those students not maintaining the Minimum 67% Pace of Completion and/or the Measurement of Quality. This is not an option for students who are nearing or have reached their Maximum Total Attempted Hours.