Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

SAP is the set of academic standards that all students must be meeting in order to qualify for Title IV financial aid.  SAP is required for Title IV aid eligibility regardless of whether the student has previously received Title IV aid.

SAP reviews the student’s entire academic history which includes the following:

    • UCF Credit Hours
    • Dual Enrollment
    • Transfer Credit Hours
    • Transient Credit Hours

A student’s SAP status is evaluated every semester to include newly earned grades into their status.  If a student is no longer meeting all SAP standards, they will receive notification to their Knights email account regarding the change in status and how the change will impact their aid eligibility for their next term of enrollment.


Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements

Undergraduate:  Minimum 2.0 (cumulative GPA)
Graduate:  Minimum 3.0 (cumulative GPA)


Completion Ratio

Students must earn a successful grade in at least 70%* of all attempted credit hours in the student’s entire academic history.

What qualifies as a successful grade for financial aid may differ from what the college of the major considers acceptable.

Successful for financial aid

Unsuccessful for financial aid

A, B, C, D, S

F, W, NC, I, U, X, N, WM, WP, WF, WH, IP

Repeated coursework and grade forgiveness may both negatively impact your completion ratio.  All attempts will be considered towards your ratio calculation, but only one successful completion will be considered.

Transient grades and late grade changes could also impact your completion ratio.  We will determine completion ratio once a semester.  Any requests to update the ratio due to grades posting after our initial determination must be made via the appeal process.

Instructions for calculating your Completion Ratio using your Degree Audit can be found below:

Calculating your Completion Ratio

Test credits (AP, IB, AICE, etc) are not automatically included in determination of your completion ratio.  These credits will show as grades of “S” with the code “TE” on your degree audit, so a student’s calculation of ratio may differ from ours.  Test credits can be taken into consideration via the appeal process.

*Note:  A rounding methodology is used when calculating the student’s ratio.


Maximum Time Frame

Students must graduate within 150% of the credit hours required for completion of their degree program.


Degree Program

Maximum Time Frame

Undergraduate 180* attempted credit hours
Second Undergraduate 70 attempted credit hours

(Not including hours attempted towards first undergraduate degree)

Graduate Certificate 27 attempted credit hours

(Only including hours taken while classified as seeking grad cert)

Masters 70 attempted credit hours

(Including all hours taken while classified as a graduate student)

Specialist 100 attempted credit hours

(Including all hours taken while classified as a graduate student)

Doctoral 120 attempted credit hours

(including all hours taken while classified as a graduate student)


*180 attempted credit hours is the maximum time frame for degree programs that require 120 credit hours for graduation.  Certain degree programs require over 120 credit hours for completion so the Maximum Time Frame for these students is adjusted accordingly.


Maximum Time Frame and Multiple Degrees

Students seeking double majors and/or minors:  Attempting a double major and/or a non-required minor does not exempt students from the Maximum Time Frame component of SAP.  When considering additional programs students are advised to determine whether they will be able to complete all programs prior to reaching Maximum Time Frame.

Students seeking a second master’s degree:  Maximum Time Frame for students seeking a second master’s is 70 total credit hours including all coursework attempted while classified as a graduate student.  This includes hours attempted towards the first master’s degree and any other graduate level coursework attempted.

Third or more degrees:  Students are ineligible to receive federally funded financial aid for third bachelor’s or master’s degrees regardless of SAP standing.



More questions about Satisfactory Academic Progress?

Please view the Satisfactory Academic Progress Frequently Asked Questions