Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

In order to receive federal, state, and institutional financial aid, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic progress (SAP).

To maintain SAP, students must do 3 things:

  1. Pass Attempted Courses
    • Pass and complete a minimum of 67 percent (75 percent for Graduate Students) of all attempted courses. Classes must be completed with a passing grade. Failing grades, drops, incomplete, and withdrawals can affect a student's ability to keep their financial aid.

  2. Meet GPA criteria
    • Students must make sure their GPA is at or above the following levels:

      • Undergraduates....2.0

      • Graduates................3.0

      • Doctoral...................3.25
  3. Not Exceed Maximum Time Limit to Receive Financial Aid

    • Undergraduate students cannot exceed 180 credit hours for a first Bachelors’ or 90 hours if seeking  a second Bachelors’ degree

    • Graduate students working on a Master’s degree cannot exceed 63 credit hours or 45 hours if working on a second Masters’ degree

    • Graduate students working on a Doctoral degree cannot exceed 99 credit hours

    • Graduate students working on an Occupational Therapy Master’s degree cannot exceed 107 credit hours

    • Graduate students working on a Physician’s Assistant Master’s degree cannot exceed 150 credit hours

    • Graduate students working on a School of Psychology Master’s of Arts degree cannot exceed 104 credit hours

To maintain SAP, medical students must do 2 things:

  1. Pass Attempted Courses

    • Pass and complete a minimum of 67 percent of all attempted courses. Classes must be completed with a passing grade. Failing grades, drops, incomplete, and withdrawals can affect a student's ability to keep their financial aid.

  2. Not Exceed Maximum Time Limit to Receive Financial Aid
    • Medical students cannot exceed 150% of program length (6 years). 

*The UTRGV School of Medicine (SOM) does not calculate GPA; therefore, students who are allowed to continue in the SOM are considered to be maintaining SAP regarding GPA.  Students repeating a year of medical school are eligible for Title IV aid as long as they meet the pace of progression.

To view the full UTRGV Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, see below:

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