Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal regulation requires educational institutions that participate in federal financial aid programs to define and enforce Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards for students receiving financial aid. UM-Dearborn's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy establishes standards of progress toward a degree. Recipients must achieve and maintain these standards of progress in order to receive funding from the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships (OFAS). These standards are imposed on all federal and state programs, as well as programs supported by UM-Dearborn's General Fund and awarded through the OFAS.

The standards of academic progress measure a student’s academic program both qualitatively and quantitatively. These measurements include a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) requirement, a Cumulative Completion Rate requirement and a Maximum Timeframe requirement. In addition, certain types of courses are limited or excluded from eligibility. The standards apply to all federal financial aid programs and programs funded and administered by the University of Michigan-Dearborn Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships and include degree, (teaching) certificate and consortium guest students who receive financial aid.

SAP is evaluated at the end of each term (Fall, Winter, and Summer).  Federal regulations require the University of Michigan-Dearborn to evaluate all students for SAP regardless of whether or not they receive financial aid.  SAP is evaluated based on the student’s cumulative academic record, from the date of entry to the university. Students at UM-Dearborn are not required to attend full time in order to receive financial aid or achieve satisfactory academic progress. The complete policy may be found at