Financial Aid

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal regulations require Drury University to establish a satisfactory academic progress (SAP) policy to ensure all students receiving financial aid are making reasonable progress towards completing their degree.  Students who repeatedly fail to make progress will be suspended from receiving financial aid.

Satisfactory academic progress is defined as passing a required number of hours and achieving a required grade point average (GPA) during a reasonable period of time. Academic records of financial aid recipients are reviewed at the end of each semester in which they are enrolled to determine academic progress.

These standards apply only to a student’s eligibility for federal financial aid. Refer to the academic policies of Drury University for academic policies that apply to all students regardless of whether they are receiving financial aid.

Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

Cumulative GPA requirements for Drury students are listed below.  Notification of probation serves as a warning that a student is not maintaining the required GPA level.

Hours Earned Minimum GPA Required
0 – 29 1.6
30 – 59 1.8
60 or above 2.0

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

  • SAP is calculated by dividing the cumulative number of lifetime credit hours completed by the cumulative number of lifetime credit hours attempted.
  • In order to graduate within the maximum timeframe allowed, students must maintain SAP equal to or greater than 66.66%.
  • Only courses which the student receives credit count towards completed hours.

Students are no longer eligible for financial aid once they have attempted more than 150% of the credits required for the major in which they are currently enrolled.  For example, if a bachelor’s degree requires 124 credit hours, the limit for maximum attempted hours would be 186.

Academic Suspension

Students under academic suspension are not eligible to receive financial aid and are not eligible to appeal until they have been reinstated to the University.  Reinstatement to the University does not guarantee financial aid eligibility or appeal approval.

Maximum Timeframe Requirements

Students are no longer eligible for financial aid once they have attempted more than 150% of the credits required for the major in which they are currently enrolled.  For example, if a bachelor’s degree requires 124 credit hours, the limit for maximum attempted hours eligible for financial aid would be 186.  

Withdrawals, Repeats and Incomplete Grades

  • Courses dropped after the drop/add period will count towards attempted hours.
  • Repeat courses for which the student has previously earned credit will not count towards hours completed.  However, they will count towards hours attempted even if credit was not previously earned.  The highest grade will be the grade that counts towards the GPA calculation.
  • Credit hours for courses for which an incomplete or deferred grade is granted will not count as hours completed but will count towards hours attempted.

Transfer hours

Transfer courses accepted by Drury University are included when calculating SAP as hours attempted and credits earned.

Academic Forgiveness

Academic Forgiveness will not be applicable when reviewing academic progress for financial aid eligibility. This includes overall GPA and SAP requirements.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

  • SAP is calculated by dividing the cumulative number of lifetime credit hours completed by the cumulative number of lifetime credit hours attempted.
  • In order to graduate within the maximum timeframe allowed, students must successfully complete 67% of the courses they have attempted.
  • Only courses which the student receives credit count towards completed hours.

Automatic Termination of Aid Eligibility

Failure to meet requirements of satisfactory academic progress or default on a federally funded student loan will result in automatic termination of aid eligibility.

Reestablishing Eligibility

Students may reestablish eligibility by enrolling in one or more semesters and successfully completing the course(s) without the assistance of financial aid. When a student’s cumulative SAP progress is at or above 67%, he or she will once again become eligible to receive financial aid.

Appeal Process

  • Students will be notified at the end of each semester if they are not meeting SAP requirements and they will be required to complete a financial aid appeal.
  • The first appeal places the student on financial aid warning status and they are eligible to receive financial aid.
  • A second appeal places a student on financial aid probation and they must complete the appeal process again with supporting documentation. The student is eligible to receive financial aid for an additional semester but must meet stipulations outlined in the appeal decision (e.g., limited hours or repeating course to raise GPA).
  • Students who fail to meet SAP requirements for three consecutive semesters are no longer eligible to receive financial aid.
  • If a student is making progress on their academic plan but is still below the SAP requirements, a student can be granted extend probation status and continue to receive financial aid as long as appeal stipulations are being met. Failure to make progress and/or failure to follow the academic plan will result in an appeal being denied and loss of financial aid eligibility.
  • Extenuating circumstances include the death of a family member, illness or injury, or other circumstances beyond the student’s control. Appropriate supporting documentation of the circumstance must be provided. Students may not use the same extenuating circumstance for multiple appeals without sufficient documentation of ongoing issues.
  • Appeals must include a statement from the student explaining why they did not meet the SAP requirements, what has changed to allow them to meet the requirements in the next semester, an academic plan completed by the student and the advisor, and a statement from the advisor.
  • Students who have reached the maximum timeframe due to switching majors, second majors or additional degrees, will be evaluated on a case by case basis through the appeal process.
  • Incomplete appeals will not be reviewed.

Students will receive written notification of the need to appeal, the appeal decision, and subsequent financial aid eligibility.

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