Grade Point Average (GPA)

Minimum GPA of a 2.0 must be maintained on a term and cumulative basis

Graduate students must maintain at least a 3.0 term and cumulative GPA.
Pace Students must maintain Pace by completing 67% of attempted credits each term. Pace is defined by the number of completed credits divided by the number of attampted credits.

Earned credit is considered an A, B, C, and D Grades. W, I, E, M, NC, and F grades do not earn credit.
Maximum Allowed Credits Programs must be completed within 150% of the expected credits.

150% of most SOU programs are 225 Credits.



The first time a student fails to meet the above requirements an email will be sent regarding warning status. Warning status does not hold Financial Aid for the following term. 

If a student in warning meets the above requirements of a 2.0 GPA (3.0 GPA for Graduates) and completes at least 67% of attempted credits, they will be placed back into good standing. 

Maximum Timeframe Status

Student will enter a Denied Status if they:
  • Exceed 150% maximum timeframe of allowed credits.
  • Did not maintain Pace of at least 67% for a second consecutive term.
  • Did not meet the GPA requirements a second consecutive term.
Students in a Denied status will not be eligible to receive Financial Aid. Eligibility may be reinstated if a student can reestablish Satisfactory Academic Progress (See requirements in chart above) without receiving Financial Aid OR Appeal and be approved by the Director of Financial Aid.

Students in a Max Timeframe Denied status will not be eligible for Financial Aid until an approved Progress Towards Graduation (PTG) is on file. PTG's are reviewed by the Director of Financial Aid.

Student will be notified of a denied status by email and on InsideSOU. 


Students with an approved Satisfactory Academic Progress appeal or PTG will receive an email notifying them of their new Probation status.

Students in a Probation Status must complete 100% of attempted courses with at least a 2.0 GPA (3.0 GPA for Graduates).


See our complete SAP policy here

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