Satisfactory Academic Progress and Appeal Process

Georgian Court University is required by federal law (34 CFR 668.34) to define and enforce standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). All students receiving financial aid from federal, state and/or university sources must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress at Georgian Court University to establish and retain eligibility for student financial aid. Enrolled students applying for financial aid for the first time must demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress prior to applying for financial aid and must continue to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.

SAP is reviewed after fall, spring, and summer grades are posted. The student’s academic progress is measured using two components: Qualitative and Quantitative Measures of Academic Progress. The first time a student does not meet the minimum requirements for the two components, the student is placed on financial aid warning for the subsequent semester and will be notified of the warning via mail. Students failing to achieve satisfactory status following their warning semester are placed on financial aid suspension and notified by mail that their aid has been cancelled for subsequent terms. Students may appeal their suspension of financial aid based on extenuating circumstances (i.e., student injury or illness, death of student’s relative, and/or other circumstances resulting in undue hardship to student). See the appeal process below under Financial Aid Suspension Notification.

Qualitative Measures of Academic Progress

The qualitative measure of academic progress is based on a grading scale of 0.00 to 4.00 and the students’ enrollment classification.

Undergraduate students attempting

Classification Grade Point Average
1-30 total credit-hours 1.80
31-60 hours total credit-hours 1.90
61 hours and above 2.00

Graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

Incoming freshman, graduate, and transfer students are considered eligible for financial aid upon admission to the university.

Quantitative Measures of Academic Progress

Students must successfully complete at least two-thirds (66%) of their attempted credit hours at Georgian Court University. The following table provides an example of the number of credits a full-time student must attempt and successfully complete each semester:


Semester Credits Attempted Minimum Credits Completed
1 12 8
2 24 16
3 36 24
4 48 32
5 60 40
6 72 48
7 84 56
8 96 64
9 108 72
10 120 80
11 132 88
12 144 96
13 156 104
14 168 112
15 180 120


Semester Credits Attempted Minimum Credits Completed
1 9 6
2 18 12
3 27 18
4 36 24
5 45 30
6 54 36
7 63 42
8 72 48
9 81 54
10 90 60
11 99 66
12 108 72

Hours completed do not include Unsatisfactory (U), Incomplete (INC), or W (Withdrawal) courses; however, these hours are included in hours attempted.

If a grade other than U, INC, or W is received, courses that have been repeated will be counted for each enrollment as hours attempted as well as hours completed.

Financial Aid Suspension Notification

The GCU Office of Financial Aid reviews satisfactory academic progress (SAP) for each student at the end of each term. If the student is not making satisfactory academic progress, notification is sent by mail informing the student of their non-compliance. A student who was on a SAP Warning in a previous period of enrollment and not meeting the SAP requirements at the end of the next period of enrollment may apply for financial aid reinstatement by submitting a satisfactory academic progress appeal. The satisfactory academic progress appeal allows the student to explain extenuating or unforeseeable circumstances that may have hindered the student’s academic progress. Appeals based on extenuating circumstances (i.e., student injury or illness, death of student’s relative, and or other circumstances resulting in undue hardship to the student) should be accompanied by documentation of the extenuating circumstances and a description of what has changed that will allow the student to meet the SAP requirements.

Step 1: The student must begin the financial aid reinstatement process by downloading the Financial Aid Appeal form from the Office of Financial Aid web page. Appeals based on extenuating circumstances (i.e., student injury or illness (on the physician’s letterhead), death of student’s relative, and/or other circumstances resulting in undue hardship to student) should be accompanied by documentation.

See the Appeal Form for exact guidelines.

Students indicating that stress or depression was the cause of their satisfactory academic progress not being met must provide medical documentation on the physician’s letterhead and signed by the physician.

The Office of Financial Aid should receive Appeal Forms within 14 days from the day you receive your Satisfactory Progress letter. Late appeals may be denied.

Step 2: The Financial Aid Review Committee will normally review the appeals provided within 14 days of submission. The committee may render one of the following decisions:

Decision Definitions:

Pending: Additional information is needed to render a decision.

Financial Aid Warning: The student has one semester to regain satisfactory academic progress (SAP).

Financial Aid Probation: The student may continue to receive student financial aid for one semester. The Student must have the minimum credits and required GPA at the conclusion of the next semester as determined by the committee.

Continued Suspension: The student’s financial aid will be suspended until the student regains satisfactory standing at the student’s expense.

Step 3: The Office of Financial Aid will communicate the committee’s decision to the student via regular and/or e-mail.