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Satisfactory Academic Progress for Federal Financial Aid Programs

Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards for Title IV Financial Aid


  • February 12, 2021 - Last day to submit a Federal Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form for the Spring 2021 semester.

Failure to submit your SAP appeal by the established deadline will result in the ineligibility of your federal financial aid awards.


Complete your appeal online at Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards for Title IV Financial Aid at:

Complete SAP Appeal

Hunter College students must satisfy the following qualitative and quantitative federal financial aid satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education in order to remain eligible for federal financial aid ( §CFR668.34). All students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as those who receive any type of financial assistance are evaluated for SAP. Financial aid recipients and applicants (upon submission of the FAFSA) who are not found to be in satisfactory academic standing will be notified.

Title IV Financial Aid programs governed by these regulations are:

  • Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
  • Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Federal Teach Grant
  • Federal Work-Study

There are three standards measured to determine whether a student meets SAP requirements:

A student failing to meet one or more of these criteria will be ineligible for all forms of Title IV aid and will need to submit an appeal, as mentioned above, in order to attempt to regain eligibility.


Undergraduate students must achieve the following grade point averages:

Cumulative Attempted Credits From Cumulative Attempted Units To Minimum Cumulative GPA From
Minimum Cumulative GPA To
SAP Status
0.001 12.999 0
1.499 FAIL
13 24.999 0
1.749 FAIL
25 999.999 0 1.999 FAIL

The regulations also stipulate that, if enrolled in an educational program of more than two academic years, a students must have a GPA of at least 2.00 or the equivalent at the end of the second academic year. This means that a student must maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA after being at the school for four semesters or 6 quarters without regard to enrollment status and superseding the above table.

Graduate students must achieve a grade point average of at least 3.00.


You must successfully complete a certain percentage of the total number of credits that you attempt according to the following:

Cumulative Attempted Units From Cumulative Attempted Units To Cumulative Earned Units Percentage From Cumulative Earned Units Percentage To
SAP Status
25 30.999 0 14.99 FAIL
31 36.999 0 24.99 FAIL
37 45.999 0 34.99 FAIL
46 48.999 0 39.99 FAIL
49 60.999 0 44.99 FAIL
61 72.999 0 49.99 FAIL
73 94.999 0 54.99 FAIL
95 120.999 0 59.99 FAIL
121 129.999 0 60.99 FAIL
130 138.999 0 61.99 FAIL
139 150.999 0 62.99 FAIL
151 151.999 0 63.99 FAIL
152 156.999 0 64.99 FAIL
157 164.999 0 65.99 FAIL
165 180.999 0 66.99 FAIL
181 999.999 0 99.99 FAIL



Graduate students must earn 2/3 of the credit hours that they attempt.


Students may not attempt more than 150 percent of the credits normally required for completion of the degree.

For SAP purposes, "Attempted Credits" includes official withdrawals, grades of F, NC, WU, WN, IN, and FIN.

Attempted Maxmimum Units From Attempted Maxmimum Units To
SAP Status
120.001 180 WARN
180.001 999.999 FAIL

For more information on eligibility for Federal Aid programs, see:


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