Undergraduate Satisfactory Academic Progress

Undergraduate Satisfactory Academic Progress

To remain eligible for financial aid, you must meet three measures of satisfactory academic progress.

  1. Cumulative GPA requirements

    You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

  2. Minimum pace required to complete a degree within the maximum time frame

    You are expected to earn a minimum of 36 credits per year or an average of 12 credits per quarter if you are full time. You are expected to pass 80% of credits attempted if you are part time.

  3. Maximum time frame for degree completion

    You are eligible for 15 quarters of aid without taking into account transfer credits.  If you have credits accepted for transfer to UCSC and/or if you enroll in summer, the maximum number of quarters of aid eligibility is prorated.

If these requirements are not met, you will be required to submit an on-line appeal. This page will guide you on how to succesfully submit your appeal; the review process we follow; the criteria to regain financial aid eligibility; and provide you with further information on our undegraduate/graduate Satisfactory Academic policies.

 Financial Aid Academic Review Process

If an appeal is approved for GPA and/or Pace, you remain on financial aid probation and must meet the terms of your academic plan(s) to receive aid in subsequent quarters.  The Financial Aid and Scholarship office reviews academic progress at the end of each quarter before aid will be released while you are on probation.  This end of quarter review will determine the following:

  • If deficit(s) have been made up, financial aid eligibility is regained and you are no longer on probation.

  • If the terms of the academic plan are met, but deficit(s) are not yet made up, the next quarter’s aid will be released.  You will remain on probation and be subject to review again before any subsequent quarter’s aid can be released.

  • If the terms of the academic plan are not met, financial aid eligibility is lost.  If you have a new special circumstance, you may submit a new appeal for aid consideration.  If there are no new circumstances, then you must regain eligibility to receive financial aid.

The limited time between quarters does not always allow for the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office to notify students of the review outcome before the start of the next quarter. We will do everything possible to give students timely notification.  Prior to notification, if you know that you did not meet the terms of the appeal and  you are unable to finance your education without financial aid, then you may want to consider other options (including a withdrawal) as soon as possible to ensure minimal financial impact. Again we recommend you work with your Academic Adviser to assist with any such transition plan or other options.

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Undergraduate Student