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Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal and State student aid programs require that students make satisfactory progress toward completion of their program of study in order to be eligible for assistance.

There are four parts to the determination of satisfactory academic progress (SAP):

  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) that must be achieved,
  • A minimum number of credits that must be earned,
  • A minimum number or percentage of courses that must be completed,
  • A maximum time frame in which the program must be completed.

The College of Health Professions, College of Nursing, College of Graduate Studies, and Norton College of Medicine each have their own requirements for GPA, number of credits earned, percentage of courses that must be completed, and maximum time frame for each degree program.

All students must achieve a GPA consistent with graduation requirements in order to remain eligible for federal student aid. The Upstate Medical University recognizes that advancement toward a degree is progressive. 

It is important for students to be aware of the effect of their academic progress on eligibility for financial aid. Decisions to withdraw from courses, drop below full time enrollment status, or other changes may negatively impact financial aid. In addition, the professional nature of the curriculums at the Upstate Medical University limits flexibility to modify programs of study. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Financial Aid Office BEFORE withdrawing from courses or making other changes in their academic program.

A student may be granted a leave of absence for a variety of reasons. The period of time for such approved leaves shall be excluded from the maximum time frame in which the student is expected to complete the program.

All students enrolling for the first time are considered as making satisfactory progress for their first academic semester.