Virginia Commonwealth University

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Financial Aid

Our SAP Policy has Changed!

Under new guidelines, as established by the U.S. Department of Education, the VCU SAP Policy has changed. Please review the institutional SAP policy to determine the requirements for your grade level.

What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

To be eligible to receive financial aid at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

SAP is a combination of qualitative and quantitative components and is measured by:

  • Grade point average
  • Number of credit hours earned in relation to number of credit hours attempted (including transfer and A.P. credit hours)
  • Number of credit hours attempted in relation to number of credit hours necessary to complete the degree or certification program (including transfer and A.P. credit hours)

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

To be eligible to receive financial aid at VCU students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). As required by federal regulations, Virginia Commonwealth University has adopted and administers this institutional SAP policy. The minimum policy criteria required by the federal government are outlined in sections 668.16, 668.32 and 668.34 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Each institution participating in federal financial aid programs must use these criteria to develop its own SAP policy that must be applied consistently to all financial aid recipients. VCU's policy is designed to encourage students to improve their academic performance.

SAP is a combination of qualitative and quantitative components and is measured by the following:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Completion Rate - Number of credit hours earned in relation to number of credit hours attempted (transfer and A.P. credit hours are included)
  • Maximum Credits of Eligibility - Number of credit hours attempted in relation to number of credit hours necessary to complete the degree or certification program (including transfer credit and A.P. credit hours)

In order to maintain SAP Students must meet the following criteria:

GPA - The student's cumulative GPA must be a least at the GPA minimum for appropriate grade level. Transfer hour are included.

Completion Rate - The student must complete at least 67% of their overall attempted hours at VCU (including transfer and A.P. credit hours).

Maximum Credits of Eligibility - The student must not attempt more than 150% of the hours required for their degree program (including transfer and A.P. credits).

Students who receive or apply for financial aid must have a review of their SAP status completed at least once per academic year. Continuing students who applied for financial aid during the academic year will have their SAP status evaluated after the end of the spring semester. Transfer students, students readmitted to the university, and students who did not apply for financial aid will have their SAP status for the academic year evaluated after their FAFSA results are received by VCU. The maximum timeframe calculation is performed at the end of each semester.

To ensure timely processing, the SAP Appeal form should be submitted to the VCU Office of Financial Aid within 30 days after receiving the suspension letter.


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