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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) - Undergraduates

Students who receive financial aid from the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at WSSU need to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to remain eligible for receiving aid in future semesters.

To qualify for financial aid while enrolled at WSSU, students are assessed on the three standards detailed below: qualitative (grade point average), quantitative (pace) and timeframe. These standards are applied uniformly to all WSSU financial aid applicants. All hours (including transfer hours) are included in the SAPFA calculation. Students may receive financial aid for remedial courses for one year. A student who meets the standards is eligible to be considered for financial aid. A student who does not meet these standards is not eligible to receive financial aid.

Helpful Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Resources

Student Status/Type and Provisions Related to the Standards

First Baccalaureate Degree: As the majority of undergraduate academic programs require 120 earned credits to complete, the maximum timeframe provided to a student pursuing their first bachelor’s degree is 180 attempted credits. Exceptions are made for programs requiring more than 120 credits to complete. If it is determined that a student cannot earn a degree within the maximum timeframe, financial aid is suspended.

Second (or beyond) Baccalaureate Degree: As the average of post baccalaureate undergraduate programs require the student to earn 30 additional credits to complete, the maximum timeframe provided to a student pursuing an additional post baccalaureate undergraduate degree is 45 attempted credits. Exceptions may be made for cases where the revised maximum timeframe has been extended as a result of the SAPFA appeal process.

Certificate Programs: Students enrolled in eligible certificate programs may receive financial aid only for those courses that are required to complete the certificate program.

Study Abroad: Students who participate in study abroad will be evaluated for SAPFA at the end of the term for which they were enrolled in the program. Each academic year study abroad students must earn a minimum of 67% of the credit hours registered for (locked hours) at the end of schedule adjustment and meet the GPA requirement.

The standards are reviewed and assessed based on the student’s official academic record, which is maintained by the Office of the Registrar. Students who have failed to meet one or more of the SAPFA standards are not eligible for financial aid. Financial aid eligibility may be regained if:

  • The student raises their cumulative GPA to the required minimum at WSSU (please see the section above entitled, “Minimum GPA”); 
  • The student’s credit hour completion rate has been increased to 67% or greater; Or
  • A SAPFA appeal has been approved by committee.