How Your Academic Progress Affects Your Financial Aid
- Cumulative GPA requirements
Undergraduate students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0; Graduate students must pass a specific number of courses each year as outlined in the pace requirement below.
- Minimum pace required to complete a degree within the maximum time frame
Undergraduate students are expected to earn a minimum of 36 units per year or an average of 12 units per quarter; Graduate students who have not advanced to candidacy must earn at least 25 units each year; Graduate students who advanced to candidacy must pass at least 15 units per and complete their program within 3 years.
- Maximum time frame for degree completion
Undergraduate students who enter with no transfer units are eligible for 15 quarters of aid. If you have units accepted for transfer to UCSC and/or if you enroll in summer, the maximum number of quarters of aid eligibility is prorated.
The maximum time frame for graduate students varies depending on your degree program. See the Graduate Handbook for details.
If you do not meet one or more of these measures, you will be ineligible to receive aid. Students who receive a To-Do List indicating they have not met one or more of the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements for financial aid will be given the option to complete an appeal. That appeal is located online at:
If your appeal is approved by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office you will be placed on financial aid probation.
Consequences of All F and/or W grades:
If you receive all failing grades, we must determine whether you attended class and earned the grades or whether you did not attend. If you earned all "F" grades, you will be asked to have your professor(s) document that you attended classes and earned the “F”.
If you received all “F” grades because you did not attend class, your financial aid will be revised be based on the mid-point of the term and you may have to repay aid you received.
If you receive “F” and W” grades because you did not attend class or you withdrew, your financial aid will be revised based on the date of the latest “W” grade and you may have to repay aid you received.