Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy
Federal regulations require all students receiving Title IV Financial Aid to maintain
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Title IV Financial Aid Programs include: Pell
Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Teacher Education Assistance
for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH), Perkins, Direct Subsidized Stafford
Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, PLUS and GRAD PLUS Loans, and Work-Study.
To meet the SAP requirements for federal aid, students must meet the standards indicated
below at the end of each semester. Students must earn a minimum GPA (qualitative measure),
successfully earn a minimum percentage of credits (quantitative measure), and must
be able to graduate within a maximum timeframe. Failure to meet any of the SAP requirements
will result in a loss of eligibility for federal financial aid.
Qualitative Measure of Progress (GPA Requirement)
The qualitative requirement defines the minimum GPA that must be earned at the end
of each semester. An incomplete grade (I-grades) will be treated as an F for the purpose
of SAP. Repeated courses will be included in the GPA calculation, but grade suspended
courses will not be included in the GPA calculation. New transfer students should
note that effective Summer 2013, quality points (grades) from other schools will not
be used in the cumulative GPA for UNO's SAP review. A UNO student must maintain the
following cumulative GPA at the end of each semester:
Minimum Cumulative GPA
||2.0 or higher
|Post Baccalaureate Students
||2.0 or higher
||3.0 or higher
Quantitative Measure of Progress (Pace & Maximum Timeframe Limit)
The quantitative requirement contains two components, Pace and Maximum Timeframe.
All credit hours/courses attempted at UNO are counted in the attempted/earned calculation,
including scholastic amnesty credits, remedial courses, and courses assigned a W,
I, AU, XF, UW, P/S/U, NG, F. Repeated and grade suspended courses will be counted
each time a student attempts the course, however, the course can be counted only once
for earned credit towards the degree. Credit hours which have been granted amnesty
will be counted in attempted hours, but will not count in earned hours. This means
that the earned ratio of a student with academic amnesty may be adversely affected.
A UNO student must meet the following Pace and Maximum Timeframe requirements at the
end of each semester:
- All students must successfully earn credit for 70 percent of the courses attempted
- Students transferring into UNO must have a 70 percent earned ratio. All credit hours/courses
attempted at a regionally accredited school will count in the Pace and maximum timeframe
limit, but only the credit hours that transfer into UNO will count as earned credits.
Maximum Timeframe Limit
- All undergraduate students who have not officially graduated with their first baccalaureate
degree must be able to complete their primary degree at UNO within 180 attempted hours
regardless of the number of majors.
- Post baccalaureate students must be able to complete their second degree within 225
attempted credit hours, which will include all courses/credits pursued as an undergraduate
- Graduate students pursuing their first graduate degree must be able to complete the
degree within the maximum timeframe limit based on program of study. Graduate students
completing a second master's degree must be able to do so within 75 credit hours,
counting all credit hours attempted as a graduate student.
Evaluation and Notification of Eligibility
A student's SAP status will be reviewed after grades are posted at the end of each
semester. If a grade change or incomplete grade is updated after grades are posted,
the student may submit a SAP Re-Calculation Request Form for a manual SAP review.
Students failing to meet the SAP requirements the first time will be placed on financial
aid warning for one semester, and they will be notified via their UNO e-mail account.
Students failing to meet the standards for the next semester will then be placed on
financial aid suspension and financial aid eligibility will be suspended until (s)he
meets all SAP requirements.
Financial Aid Warning
If a student is deemed eligible, a financial aid warning period of one semester will
be assigned to students who fail to make satisfactory academic progress. Students
will remain eligible for financial aid during the warning period. Those who fail
to meet the requirements at the end of the warning period will be placed on suspension
the following semester and will no longer qualify for financial aid.
The following students will NOT qualify for financial aid warning:
- Students who have resigned and/or failed all courses during their last semester of
- Students who were scholastically dropped from the university their last semester of
- Students who cannot graduate within the maximum timeframe limit or who have already
exceeded the limit.
- Students who cannot meet SAP requirements in one semester.
Financial Aid Suspension
Students who do not qualify for warning or who fail to meet the SAP requirements at
the end of their warning period will be placed on financial aid suspension. Students
on financial aid suspension are NOT eligible to receive federal financial aid until
they meet all SAP requirements.
Students may regain financial aid eligibility by meeting all of the SAP requirements
or through an approved SAP Appeal. Sitting out for a period of time or paying for
classes without financial aid will not reestablish SAP eligibility. If the student
does not appeal or an appeal is not approved, the student must then plan to pay for
each period of enrollment until the minimum GPA and Pace requirements are met. Students
who cannot graduate within the maximum timeframe or have exceeded the limit will not
be able to regain their eligibility on their own academic merit, but may submit an
SAP Appeal Process
If a student encounters an unexpected circumstance that affected his/her academic
performance or prolonged his/her academic career, (s)he may submit a SAP Appeal. The
complete instructions for submitting a SAP Appeal and examples of eligible circumstances
can be reviewed (see link below). Students are limited to two SAP Appeals during their
academic history at UNO. The appeal must be submitted with accompanying supporting
documentation, by the published deadline date. Financial aid appeal decisions are
Financial Aid Probation
If an appeal is approved for one semester, the student will be placed on financial
aid probation and will be eligible to receive his/her federal aid for one semester.
The student will have to meet all SAP requirements at the end of the probation period
in order to continue to receive federal aid. If the student does not meet all of the
SAP requirements at the end of the probationary period, the student's financial aid
eligibility will be suspended until (s)he meets the SAP requirements.
If an appeal is approved on a continuous basis, the student will be able to receive
his/her eligible federal aid as long as (s)he meets the conditions of his/her approved
appeal and follows his/her academic plan. If a student switches his/her major while
on a continuous appeal, (s)he will have to submit another appeal and may do so only
if the student has not met the two appeal limit. All approved continuous appeals require
SAP Counseling and academic advisement.