George Mason University

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

Academic progress of aid recipients is reviewed annually at the end of each spring semester. After the review, students who do not meet the minimum SAP requirements will be ineligible for financial aid and placed on financial aid suspension.  Students who request summer aid and appear to be in danger of failing SAP prior to the annual review will be subject to a “hold” on summer aid disbursement until their SAP status can be confirmed.

AP is measured in the following three ways:

  1. Qualitative Standard: A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA).
    • Undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
    • Graduate and doctoral students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
    • Law students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.15
  2. Quantitative Standard: A minimum completion rate. Completion rates are calculated by the number of completed credit hours divided by the number of attempted credit hours. All students must have successfully completed at least 67% of all hours attempted. Students may receive financial aid only one additional time for a course they are repeating to improve a previously passed course (grade of “D” or better is considered passing).
  3. Maximum Time Frame for Degree Completion: In addition to the above GPA and completion rate requirements, all students must complete their programs of study by attempting no more than 150% of the hours normally required for completion.

For complete details on SAP policy, including how to appeal the SAP decision, please refer to the Financial Aid Handbook.   Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal forms are located on the forms page.