Satisfactory Academic Progress requires students maintain a completion rate of 67% or higher to remain eligible for financial assistance. To determine how many hours you need to earn to comply with the SAP policy, you can enter your information into the SAP Calculator to assist you. You can find most of the information required in your unofficial academic transcripts located in your my.fiu.edu portal. Financial Aid is required by regulation to include all attempted course work when calculating your GPA and progression rate. Click here to access the Pace Calculator guide.
The Office of Financial Aid is required by federal regulations to monitor the academic progress of financial aid applicants. Financial aid applicants must comply with the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy as a condition of initial or continued eligibility. Please note, that even if a student has not previously received financial aid, the Satisfactory Academic Progress policies still apply. All prior academic progress will be evaluated to determine eligibility for financial aid.
Satisfactory Academic Progress is measured both qualitatively and quantitatively. The qualitative measure requires maintaining a satisfactory grade point average. The quantitative measure requires successfully completing a required ratio of attempted credits and receiving a degree in a timely manner.
For the purpose of maintaining financial aid eligibility, the following defines attempted credits and successful completion of attempted credits:
Attempted Credits include all credits with the following grades: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, P, F, FO, IN, IP, NR, DF, DP, WF, WP, DR, WI
Successful completion includes credits with the following grades: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D- or P
Students must maintain the required grade point average (GPA) necessary to continue as degree candidates at the University. Therefore, they must maintain an academic standing consistent with the University's Academic Retention Policy as outlined in the University Catalog. If a student is dismissed from the University, their financial aid will be suspended.
Academic Standing is reviewed at the end of each semester.
Warning: an undergraduate student whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 will be placed on warning, indicating academic difficulty.
Probation: an undergraduate student on warning whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 will be placed on probation, indicating serious academic difficulty.
Dismissal: an undergraduate student on probation whose cumulative and semester GPA fall below a 2.0 will automatically be dismissed from their program and the University. An undergraduate student will not be dismissed prior to attempting a minimum of 20 semester hours of coursework.
Warning: a graduate student whose cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0 will be placed on warning, indicating academic difficulty.
Probation: a graduate student on warning whose cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0 will be placed on probation, indicating serious academic difficulty.
Dismissal: a graduate student on probation whose cumulative and semester GPA fall below a 3.0 will automatically be dismissed from his/her program and the University. A graduate student will not be dismissed prior to attempting a minimum of 12 semester hours of coursework.
Probation: a law student whose GPA falls below a 2.0 at the close of the first semester will be placed on probation, indicating academic difficulty.
Dismissal: a law student whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 after the second or any subsequent semester will be dismissed.
Whenever students are placed on warning or probation, their academic standing satisfies the qualitative measure for maintaining financial aid eligibility.
Students who are dismissed from the University are ineligible to receive financial aid until they have been reinstated to the University, have submitted a financial aid appeal and have re-established eligibility through the appeal process.
NEW PACE POLICY: EFFECTIVE FALL 2015
Federal PACE Regulation:
Undergraduate and Graduate students must successfully complete 67% of the total number of all attempted credits taken at the University, inclusive of transfer credits accepted by the University. The Pace requirement will be evaluated at the end of each academic term. The PACE percentage is calculated as follows:
CUMULATIVE HOURS EARNED
PACE = ________________________________
CUMULATIVE HOURS ATTEMPTED
Please note: Accepted transfer credits are included in both “attempted” and “earned” credits.
The first term a student falls below the 67% PACE requirement they will be placed on a “Warning” status. A notice will be sent to the student and their advisor. The Federal PACE criteria will be re-evaluated in the subsequent term. If the student fails to meet the 67% cumulative total, they will no longer be eligible to receive financial aid.
The timeframe of a student’s eligibility for financial aid is limited to 150% of the number of credits required to complete a degree as defined in the university catalog. Credits counted towards time frame include all attempted credits, inclusive of all transfer credits applied by the university. Noncredit and/or remedial courses are not included in the quantitative measurements. Time Frame is reviewed at the end of each semester.
Time Frame cannot be appealed.
Second Bachelor Degree:
A student's financial aid grant eligibility is limited to the completion of their first bachelor degree. A student must apply for graduation after fulfilling the degree requirements of their first bachelor degree.
A student pursuing a second bachelor degree before graduating from their first bachelor degree will be at risk of losing their grant aid which is only applicable to their first bachelor degree.
The University has approved two policies, which provide academic renewal to students who previously showed poor academic performance at FIU. Returning students may have their FIU GPA recalculated by applying the Academic AMNESTY or the Academic SALVAGE policies.
The Academic Amnesty and Academic Salvage Policies do not apply to the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements for Time Frame.
Students who failed to meet the Federal PACE criteria may re-establish aid eligibility through the appeal process or by increasing their cumulative Pace percentage to 67%, on their own.
Students who do not meet the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress may appeal the suspension of financial aid eligibility.
A complete appeal packet consists of the following:
1. A signed and initialed Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form, provided via the link available in the student’s my.fiu.edu "To Do List".
2. A written and signed statement explaining the unforeseen circumstances which caused the student to fail academic progress. Furthermore, the student must state how the circumstances have changed and what steps will be taken to improve their academic progress.
3. Official supporting documentation that corroborates with the circumstances explained in the appeal letter. Documentation must be specific to the terms in which the student did not meet the SAP requirements.
Incomplete appeals will be REJECTED. The student will have to resubmit the entire appeal packet. The appeal letter alone is NOT considered supporting documentation.
Examples of valid reasons for an appeal are: The death of an immediate relative, an injury or illness of the student, or other special circumstances that can be documented.
Examples of invalid reasons for an appeal are: Change of major, double major, taking courses for a minor, personal conflict not explained and documented, and/or the need for financial assistance.
A student is only eligible to submit one initial appeal throughout their academic career.
Approved Appeal & Academic Plan
If a student re-establishes their aid eligibility through the appeals process, the term in which their initial appeal is approved will be considered a “Probationary” term.
During the student’s Probationary term they must adhere to the following academic plan in order to continue to be eligible for aid on a probationary basis.
Students who have either failed during their probationary period, or have had their initial appeal denied, will have the right to appeal the decision by submitting a final appeal application.
Final appeal requests grant the students an opportunity to meet with a committee of University personnel.
If the final appeal is APPROVED, the student will be placed on a “Probationary” status and must adhere to the conditions of their probationary term. (Please refer to conditions of Approved Appeal above).
Failure of the final appeal probationary period will result in suspension of financial aid. Consequently, in order to regain eligibility, students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress criteria without the assistance of financial aid.
Changes in federal regulations (34 CFR Section 668.2) now require that the Financial Aid Office monitor and adjust a student’s enrollment level for Title IV aid if, or when, they repeat course work for credit that they have already earned. Students can retake courses and receive federal aid if they had previously failed a course, but can only receive financial aid one more time for a course that has been previously passed. A passing grade is defined as D- or better.
Please note that the repeat course policy for financial aid is separate from institutional academic polices regarding repeat courses. Regardless of the grade received, courses are not eligible to be covered by financial aid after a 2nd attempt has been made for a course that has at any time previously earned a passing grade.
Courses taken at another institution will count towards Timeframe and Pace. A student’s percentage will be calculated based on the credits passed/ attempted at FIU and credits passed/ attempted at the other institution. The combined percentage will determine whether a student is eligible or not.
Concurrent Enrollment and Consortium students must submit a copy of an official transcript from the Host institution as soon as grades are available.
Students will NOT be able to submit Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeals after these dates:
In order for a student’s appeal to be considered for a particular term, they must submit their request prior to the last day of the term as stated on the official academic calendar. Link listed below: