All students at The University of Alabama who receive federal financial aid must make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward completion of their degrees within a reasonable period of time. The University's standing committee on financial aid has approved the following standards defining satisfactory progress, in accordance with regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education.
The following categories of students attending the University of Alabama are monitored under this policy:
There are both qualitative and quantitative components of SAP:
Both the qualitative and quantitative requirements for SAP are evaluated at the end of each term (Fall, Spring, Summer).
In order to meet the qualitative requirement, the student must maintain the minimum GPA indicated below:
|Credit Hours Earned (including institutional and transfer)||Required overall GPA|
|91 or more||2.0|
In order to maintain measurable progress toward the completion of their degrees, students must successfully complete 67 percent of all credit hours attempted. (Hours attempted include repeated courses, dropped courses, withdrawals, and incomplete courses.)
The maximum timeframe for the completion of an undergraduate degree program is defined as no more than 150 percent of the normal timeframe required to complete the degree program. Coursework that transfers into a degree program will adjust the timeframe accordingly.
Note: The maximum time frame for the completion of a Graduate (Masters and above) or Law program is monitored by the UA Graduate School and UA School of Law respectively.
The qualitative and quantitative requirements of SAP are monitored at the end of each term (Fall, Spring, Summer).
Hours counted as attempted include:
Hours not counted as attempted include:
Hours successfully completed include:
Hours unsuccessfully completed include:
Hours counted as attempted include:
Consortium course work is considered to be UA work for SAP purposes and monitored accordingly.
Students seeking second degrees and students with double majors are monitored like any other students under this policy.
Both the qualitative and quantitative requirements of SAP are monitored at the end of each term (Fall, Spring, Summer). Students not meeting SAP requirements will fall into one of the following categories:
GPA and/or Completion Percentage - Financial Aid Warning: The first time a student does not meet the cumulative GPA and/or completion percentage requirement(s), they are placed on warning and notified accordingly. Students remain on warning until the next time SAP is reviewed. During the warning period students remain eligible for federal financial aid.
GPA and/or Completion Percentage - Financial Aid Suspension: If at any time other than the warning period a student does not meet the cumulative GPA and/or completion percentage requirement(s), they are ineligible for federal financial aid and they are notified accordingly. A student has the option to appeal their suspension.
Maximum Time Frame - Financial Aid Suspension - Undergraduate Students Only: When students reach or exceed 150% of the normal timeframe required to complete the degree program (includes both UA and transfer work), they are ineligible for federal financial aid and they are notified accordingly. A student has the option to appeal their suspension.
Appeal of Suspension - GPA and/or Completion Percentage or Maximum Time Frame: Additional information and requirements for the appeal process can be found on the Appeal Process page. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate any appeal for reinstatement of federal financial aid eligibility. Academic reinstatement by the University Registrar or Undergraduate Admissions does not constitute reinstatement of aid eligibility.