Satisfactory Academic Progress

What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?

UMBC is required to monitor its student's academic progress to ensure that they maintain a minimum standard GPA and make steady progress toward degree completion. Students who do not meet the SAP requirements may lose their financial aid eligibility.

All students that were enrolled during the current school year and those who have submitted a FAFSA for the upcoming year will be evaluated for SAP in July. Credit hours attempted include the following grades: A, B, C, D, F, I, P, W, WX and repeated courses. Grades received for remedial, ESL and institutional credit courses are included in the number of attempted credits, but are not included in your GPA.

Each semester that you enroll in school will be counted, even the semesters when you do not receive financial aid. Test scores and transfer credits from other institutions accepted by UMBC are included in your total number of credits attempted.

Additional Undergraduate Requirements

As an undergraduate student, to remain eligible for financial aid you may not attempt more than 150% of the credits required to receive a first undergraduate degree (i.e.: 120 credits required X 1.5 = a maximum of 180 credits may be attempted). Your progress will be evaluated using the following standard:

Total Number of
Completed Credits
Cumulative GPA
Percentage of Attempted
Courses Completed
0 - 29 2.0 50%
30 - 59 2.0 60%
60+ 2.0 67%

Undergraduate students remain in good academic standing by earning a minimum GPA of 2.0 (2.0=C) or better on a 4.0 scale. Some financial aid programs may have standards that are more stringent. In those cases the program standards will supersede UMBC's requirements.

Additional Graduate Requirements

Graduate students remain in good academic standing by maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and by completing at least 67% of all enrolled courses each semester. In the event that your program of study requires a higher GPA it will supersede the minimum listed in this policy. Graduate students must also complete their program within the timeframe established in their Degree Requirements as outlined in the Graduate School catalog and may not exceed more than 150% of the credits required to complete their program.

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