Satisfactory Academic Progress

Financial Aid is contingent upon continued satisfactory academic progress towards a degree or certificate.  The academic performance of students will be monitored every semester.


The specific SAT polices are listed below:

Monitoring Period: Students will be monitored based on their most recent academic career (undergraduate, Graduate, Law or Medicine) for the semester just ending. A review of academic progress is done at the end of each semester for all students who have been enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student. Students in a Law, Medicine and or Dental career are reviewed after the last day to add second session courses for the given semester. 

Students who fail to meet the SAT standards will receive communication via their UMail account.

The first time a student falls below the minimum completion rate and/or the minimum GPA requirement, the student will receive a “warning” and will remain eligible for financial aid with this status. If the student is still in violation of the minimum standards after their “warning” period, they will receive a “hold” making them ineligible for financial aid.

When a student is in violation of the Maximum Time Frame Standards, they will receive a “hold” making them ineligible for financial aid.  

Students have the right to appeal any decision made by the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. However, the decision of the appeals committee is final, and no exceptions can be made for requests in violation of the Federal and State regulations, which govern financial aid.

SAT Standard Explanation of Standard How to Reinstate Eligibility 
Minimum Cumulative GPA Requirement: Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 Students must regain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average at the University of Utah, or successfully appeal.  
Maximum Time Frame to Earn a Degree:

Students must not exceed the maximum time frames reported below:

Undergraduate Students
the equivalent of 183 attempted semester credit hours

2nd Bachelor Student
the equivalent of 61 attempted semester credit hours

Masters and JD Candidates
4 years from entry into a Masters program

Doctoral Candidates
7 years from entry into a Masters program

If a student graduates from one program and enters a new program, new credit limits apply and the class level violation will be cleared.  Students must inform our office when graduating from one program and entering a new program. A successful appeal may also reinstate eligibility.  
Aggregate Completion Rate (Pace) Requirement: Students must complete 67% of all attempted credits at the University of Utah and any accepted transfer credits. Courses that are considered attempted, but not completed, are listed below. For graduate students, coursework attempted as an undergraduate is excluded from this calculation. Students must attend and successfully complete, on his or her own resources, a sufficient number of credit hours to raise the aggregate completion rate to 67%.  A successful appeal may also reinstate eligibility.

Credits attempted, but not completed include grades of I, E, EU, W, NC, audited course, repeated courses, blank grades, and any other grade which indicates unsatisfactory performance.  Attempted credits include test and transfer hours.  Please note that "Academic Renewal" does not change our review.  "Discounted" courses will still be considered. 

T grades are viewed as attempted not completed when determining completion rate for undergraduate students, and attempted and completed for graduate students. 

Credits attempted and completed include accepted transfer credits, letter grades of D- or above, and CR grades. For purposes of the Maximum Time Frame to earn a degree, test credits are also considered attempted and completed.

Audited Courses are not acceptable for financial aid purposes. Students changing a registered course to an audit course may be billed for previously received financial aid.

Repeated Courses are counted as credits attempted during each term the student is enrolled in the course. However, they will be counted once as credits completed the first time a passing grade is received for the course.

Financial Aid Appeal Process Students have the right to appeal any decision made by the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.  However the decision of the appeals committee is final, and no exceptions can made for requests in violation of the Federal and State regulations, which govern financial aid.  

Last Updated: 5/11/17