DePaul University > Admission & Aid > Financial Aid > Maintain Eligibility > Satisfactory Academic Progress > Definitions and Terminology
All credit-bearing course hours, including:
The policy requires that a student maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) in order to remain eligible for financial aid.
The quantitative component (or “pace”) requires students to complete at least two-thirds (66.67%) of all attempted credit hours. For example, if a student attempts 16 hours a term, the student is expected to complete at least 11 hours.
A student who is in a financial aid probation status, or who is completing a financial aid academic plan, is expected to maintain a minimum term GPA of at least 2.0. In some cases, a higher term GPA may be stipulated in order to meet SAP.
Any course with a passing grade (A, B, C, D or PA) is considered to be successfully completed.Any course with a non-passing grade (F, W, WA, FX, R, IN or M) is considered to be not successfully completed.Special note:
Repeated courses are counted in
the “hours attempted” calculation for financial aid purposes and the
repeat grade is treated in the cumulative GPA in accordance with
university policy. Repeats are counted in total attempted
hours, regardless of their treatment.
See: Treatment of Repeated Coursework for Financial Aid Disbursement.
Audited courses do not
earn academic credit and are not eligible for financial aid payment. As
such, they are not evaluated in the review of the student’s satisfactory
development courses do not earn academic credit and are not eligible for
financial aid payment. As such, they are not evaluated in the review of
the student’s satisfactory academic progress.
A student is eligible to receive aid in
this status. Financial aid “warning” is assigned to a student who has fallen below the minimum thresholds of SAP:
A student in financial aid suspension is not eligible to receive federal, state, and most institutional financial aid. “Suspension” status means that a student has an “unsatisfactory SAP
status.” The status is assigned when:
The Office of Financial Aid reserves the right to
suspend students who completely withdraw — i.e., students who fail to
demonstrate any measurable progress within a given term. If you
withdraw completely or fail to complete all of your courses in a term,
your aid may be suspended. You can appeal this status.
A SAP appeal is an online or written student appeal, required after aid is suspended because of a financial aid unsatisfactory academic progress status.
Please review the Appeal Financial Aid Suspension section for more information.
A suspended student who has successfully appealed is reinstated for aid on a probationary status. During probation, which lasts one term, a student is expected to complete 100% of all courses with the minimum term GPA required by the SAP committee.
A student who successfully meets SAP at the completion of their probationary term will maintain their aid eligibility and be required to meet the minimum SAP requirements moving forward.
A student who is not meeting SAP at the completion of their probationary term, but met the probationary academic plan requirements (completes 100% of all courses and meets the GPA set by the SAP Committee), will maintain their aid eligibility and continue onto Academic Plan 1 and, if needed, SAP Academic Plan 2. During these two terms, a student is eligible to receive aid and expected to continue to meet the terms of their academic plan. By the end of the Academic Plan 2, the student is must fully be meeting the minimum SAP requirements or will not have financial aid eligibility.