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Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for the 2010/2011 School Year 

Federal regulations require that each federal aid recipient make satisfactory progress toward the completion of his/her academic program. This means all continuing undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students who wish to receive grant, loan or employment aid during the 2010/2011 school year must have met the following academic standards during the 9-month 2009/2010 school year. This policy does not impact the financial aid eligibility of a new or entering student to UCM for the 2010 Fall or 2011 Spring semesters.

  1. You must have successfully completed at least 2/3 of the total hours you enrolled for at UCM during the 2009/2010 school year (2009 Fall and 2010 Spring semesters). Successful completion of credit hours means earning grades of A, B, C, D, or P. Unsuccessful completion of credit hours means earning grades of U, F, W, WP, WF, or NC.


    If you enrolled for a total of 27 credit hours during the 2009 Fall and 2010 Spring semesters, you must have successfully completed at least 18 (2/3) of these hours.

    If you enrolled for 12 credit hours during the 2009 Fall semester only (or the 2010 Spring semester only), you must have successfully completed at least 8 (2/3) of these hours.

  2. A student classified as a Junior or Senior (60 or more earned credit hours) must also have a 2.0 or better cumulative grade-point average at the completion of the 2010 Spring semester. A graduate student must have a 3.0 or better graduate cumulative grade-point average. Freshman and sophomore students (59 earned credit hours or less) are not required to meet a specific grade-point average standard.

  3. You may receive federal aid for up to (but not exceeding) the number of credit hours reasonably needed to complete your degree program at UCM, as follows:

The maximum number of credit hours allowed for the following programs are:

  • Bachelor's degree - 148 undergraduate hours
  • Master's degree - 48 graduate hours
  • Education Specialist degree - 45 graduate hours beyond a masters degree.
  • 2nd Bachelor's degree - 30 undergraduate hours beyond the 1st bachelor's degree.
  • Post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification - 30 undergraduate or graduate hours beyond the 1st Bachelor's or Master's degree.

As of the completion of the 2010 Spring semester, the UCM Office of Student Financial Services began determining whether or not 2010/2011 FAFSA applicants met the above standards. Failure to meet any standard will cause a 'hold' to be placed on an applicants's financial aid eligibility for the 2010/2011 school year (including any assistance that has already been awarded). If selected, you’ll be contacted by email and given the opportunity to submit a written appeal to request that your aid eligibility be restored. In your appeal, you'll want to explain in detail any personal, family, or economic circumstances you believe impacted your ability to meet the standards. The UCM Financial Aid Appeals Committee will then review your appeal and render a decision.

Important: The above Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress are separate and distinct from UCM policies governing academic probation, suspension, and dismissal and as well as any 'satisfactory academic progress' regulations that may be required as a part of receiving other types of state and scholarship assistance.

Satisfactory Academic Progress policy for the 2011/2012 School Year.