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Satisfactory Academic Progress

In order to receive financial aid, you must make satisfactory academic progress (SAP). If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you could lose your eligibility for financial aid.

Federal regulations require the Financial Aid Office to apply reasonable standards for measuring whether you are making progress toward a degree. This is to ensure that you are successfully progressing through your program of study.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards

Student academic progress is measured at the end of each semester against the following standards:cumulative grade point average (GPA), completion percentage (pace), and maximum time frame.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA): 2.0 for undergraduate and PharmD programs, 3.0 for graduate programs

Completion Percentage (Pace): At least 67% of all credit hours attempted must have successfully passing grades. The pace of progress is calculated by dividing cumulative hours that you have successfully completed by the cumulative hours you have attempted.

Maximum Time Frame: Undergraduate and graduate students must complete a degree or certificate program in no more than 150% of the average published length of the program in credit hours.

Note that both Pace and Maximum time frame are measured in credit hours only, regardless of full time or part time attendance.

Repeat Coursework

If you repeat a course, credit hours for each registration will be added to your attempted credit hours total. However, only the most recent grade received in the course will be included in the calculation of your cumulative GPA.

Note: Federal financial aid will pay for only one repeat of a previously passed course.


You are given a warning semester when you do not meet one or more of the SAP standards. During the warning semester, you may continue to receive financial aid, but you are expected to improve your academic standing and degree progress, to meet standards of SAP at the end of the semester.

If you do not meet the conditions of SAP at the end of the warning semester, you will be denied financial aid beginning the following semester.

  • You must submit a SAP Appeal to request financial aid consideration.

There is no warning period for students who have exceeded 150% of program requirements. If you have earned over 150% of the credit hours required for your program, you are not eligible for financial aid and you must submit a SAP Appeal to request financial aid consideration.

Student Support Services

We encourage you to utilize the resources available at Wayne State University to assist you if you are struggling to maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Academic Success Center, (313) 577-3165
1600 David Adamany Library

Career Services, (313) 577-3390
1001 Faculty/Administration Building

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), (313) 577-3398
552 Student Center Building

Student Disability Services, (313) 577-1851
1600 David Adamany Library

Students who have a documented disability should register with the Student Disability Services office as soon as possible. Appropriate and reasonable accommodations will be determined based on the limitations of the student’s disability. Students receiving accommodations are considered otherwise qualified students and are held to the same standards as other WSU students. Student Disability Services is an ADA-compliant office and adheres to best practices to ensure equal access for students with disabilities.

See our Student Loan Repayment web page for information about repaying your loans if you do not re-enroll.