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Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

In accordance with federal and state student aid regulations, a student must maintain satisfactory academic progress to qualify for financial aid.  There are three standards for satisfactory academic progress — one qualitative and two quantitative. 

The Financial Aid qualitative standard measures cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) and adheres to National University's Satisfactory Academic Progress policies, one for undergraduates and the other for graduates.   For complete explanations, reference the Financial Aid Guide sections under Academic Information for Undergraduate Degrees on pages 56-57 and Academic Information for Graduate Degrees and Credentials on pages 62-63.  The policy statements include the minimum cumulative GPA requirements and provisions for probationary periods, disqualification, and reinstatement of aid eligibility.  The Financial Aid Office abides by the University's decisions enforcing its policies.

The two Financial Aid quantitative standards measure progression toward the completion of a declared program of study.  A maximum time frame is required, and it cannot exceed 150% of the program length for undergraduate programs (see chart below).  In addition, the Financial Aid Office has established the following requirements for minimum successful completion of credits at the end of an academic year for each type of program.  An academic year is defined as a period of 32 weeks of instructional time and successful completion of 36 units. 

Type of Degree/Program  Each academic year of 32 weeks of  instruction
 Associate Degree (90 units required for completion)  1  2  3        
  Cumulative number of units successfully completed  25  55  90        
 Bachelor's Degree (180 units required for completion)  1  2  3  4  5  6    
  Cumulative number of units successfully completed  25  55  90  120  150  180  
 Master's Degree/Credential Program (60 units required)  1  2  3  4      
 Cumulative number of units successfully completed  20  40  60  80      


The units include coursework taken at National University and transfer credits.   Progress will be reviewed when a student completes 32 weeks of instruction.   If a student fails to meet the minimum credits required for an academic year, i.e., 32 weeks of instruction, and/or exceeds the maximum time frame for number of academic years of eligibility for pursing a program, the student is ineligible for aid. 

To appeal the disqualification a student must file a Request for Review – Satisfactory Academic Progress form available from any Financial Aid Office and online at National University's website.

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