Graduate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Purpose: The objective is to establish a SAP standard that is consistent with institutional goals and philosophies and, at the same time, sensitive to needs of students and proper custodianship of public funds.

Policy: Graceland University will apply these standards at the conclusion of each payment period to include Fall, Spring and Summer (Summer/Fall) semesters/trimesters (hereinafter referred to as semester).

All graduate students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in order to be eligible for Title IV aid. A graduate student enrolled in at least 15 semester hours per academic year will be considered full time.

Students in any graduate program may not exceed 150% of the maximum number of credits required to earn a degree in their designated graduate program. If a graduate student reaches the 150% maximum attempted credits to complete a degree their financial aid eligibility will be suspended.

The quantitative measure requires that graduate students maintain a minimal credit requirement of 75% of the attempted coursework. This percentage is determined by dividing the number of hours completed by the total number of hours attempted. Attempted hours are the total number of hours completed plus hours of “I” and “F”.

Students enrolled in combined programs (programs with undergraduate and graduate requirements) will abide by the appropriate undergraduate or graduate policy according to their course enrollments for the semester in review.

Evaluation Process

The standards require that students (1) complete a specified number of credit hours by the end of each academic semester and (2) maintain the minimum required cumulative GPA defined by this standard. The academic progress of financial aid recipients will be monitored at the end of each semester in the academic year by the financial aid advisors.