Satisfactory Academic Progress

In order to receive or continue to receive financial aid funded by the government and/or Salve Regina - including student or parent education loans, grants, scholarships and employment - you must maintain satisfactory academic progress.


  • You must pass a specific number of the credits you attempt each academic year. The number of credits attempted equals the number of credits in which you are officially enrolled at the end of each add/drop period. Credits that are graded "incomplete," as well as credits from which you withdraw after the add/drop period, are considered credits attempted but not satisfactorily completed. If an incomplete grade is subsequently changed to a passing grade, satisfactory academic progress can be recalculated based on receipt of a passing grade.
  • Your cumulative GPA at the end of your first academic year of study must be at least 2.00, and your record must continue to meet this standard at each review.

Students are reviewed annually for compliance with satisfactory academic progress requirements, at the end of each spring semester. In addition to the cumulative GPA noted above, this review covers all coursework attempted since the end of the previous spring semester, beginning with any credits taken in the first summer session of the preceding calendar year.

To regain eligibility for financial aid after unsatisfactory progress has been declared, you must complete the number of credits not passed within the period which resulted in the loss of aid and achieve the required cumulative GPA.

To maintain eligibility for federal Title IV funding, you must meet the criteria outlined in the chart below. This ensures that no student takes longer than 150 percent of the normal time for completing your degree, based upon enrollment status. For example, in a program requiring 120 credits for graduation, 150 percent of the normal time equals 180 credits attempted. The time to degree completion includes all courses attempted, including courses from which you have withdrawn after the add/drop period, courses that are incomplete, and courses which have been accepted by the University in transfer.

General Provisions

Repeat coursework taken for the purpose of increasing a previously passing grade cannot be considered in qualifying you for financial aid enrollment status or satisfying a determination of non-compliance with satisfactory academic progress requirements.


If you are denied financial aid because of failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements, you may appeal if you believe there are special circumstances that should be considered. The appeal must include an explanation of why you believe you failed to achieve satisfactory academic progress and what has changed that will allow you to achieve progress by the end of the next financial aid payment period.

A written appeal, sent within 15 days of notification of ineligibility, should be addressed to the director of financial aid. Appeals will be reviewed and a response will be mailed within 15 days of receipt. Appeals may be approved if the justification presented is acceptable and it has been determined that you are able to meet satisfactory academic progress standards by the end of the next financial aid payment period, or are placed on an academic plan that will ensure you are able to meet satisfactory academic progress standards by a specific point in time.

Federal Title IV Funding Criteria

Full-time students make satisfactory academic progress by achieving the following cumulative GPA and credit criteria each semester.

Time PeriodGPACredits
First Year
Fall Semester2.0012
Spring Semester2.0024
Second Year
Fall Semester2.0036
Spring Semester2.0048
Third Year
Fall Semester2.0060
Spring Semester2.0072
Fourth Year
Fall Semester2.0084
Spring Semester2.0096
Remaining Semesters
First 2.00108

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