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 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.

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 making satisfactory progress toward a degree and that unless the quality of work improves they will be subject to suspension from the University. 

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

Academic Progress – Pace

  • Pace is calculated by dividing the cumulative number of credit hours completed by the cumulative number of credit hours attempted per semester.
  • In order to graduate within the maximum timeframe allowed, students must maintain a pace equal to 67% of their cumulative hours completed per semester.
  • 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.

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 pace and maximum attempted hours. Overall GPA of transfer hours may be applicable if SMART and/or Academic Competiveness Grant (ACG) are available to students.

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.

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 cannot reestablish aid eligibility by sitting out a semester.  Students should be able to reestablish eligibility and satisfy SAP requirements by enrolling in one or more semesters, and complete the course(s) successfully without the assistance of financial aid.