Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid

Qualitative Standard:

Students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Students enrolled in graduate degree programs must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Quantitative Standard:

A student must have successfully completed at least 67 percent of all the credits he or she has attempted at Southern New Hampshire University during the entire period of enrollment.  Total credits earned divided by total credits attempted equals the percentage.

  • Academic progress will be determined by One Stop based upon the information contained on the student’s academic transcript as of the date of the review.  A student must meet both of the following standards in order to continue to receive financial assistance. All grades earned will count toward cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) except for remedial and non-degree courses.

General SAP Policies:

  • For the purposes of financial aid, a student may attempt a maximum number of credit hours based on his or her program of study, less the total number of credits accepted for transfer from other institutions.  All credits attempted will count toward Max timeframe except for remedial and non-degree courses.
  • Undergraduate programs of study must be no longer than 150% of published length of educational program.
  • The school must do a continual review of the student’s progress toward completion. For example if a SAP review shows that the student who is at 110% of max and cannot complete his/her program within 180 credits, all Title IV aid must stop.
    • Associate degree candidates may attempt a maximum of 90 credits.
    • Bachelor degree candidates may attempt a maximum of 180 credits.
    • Graduate degree candidates may attempt a maximum of eight years of study in a specific graduate program.
  • Credits attempted are those for which the student has enrolled as of the end of the add/drop or standard registration period.
  • Successful completion is defined as the assignment of a passing grade to the courses attempted and equates to the number of credits earned.  Failure, withdrawal, incomplete or other designations to the courses attempted are not considered successful completion.
  • Repeated coursework:
    • Previously passed courses can be repeated once and be eligible for financial aid. Failed courses that are repeated will be counted in the calculation of credits attempted.
    • Calculation of Satisfactory Academic Progress Grade Point Average (GPA) will follow the method used by SNHU to calculate academic GPA, specifically with reference to repeating of the same course to improve a grade. The first course grade will not be computed into the total grade-point average instead, the most recent grade will be used. Multiple course attempts do, however, count towards the number of credits attempted used to calculate a student’s completion rate.
  • Withdrawals:
    • In the Satisfactory Academic Progress calculation are considered to be credits attempted but not earned.
  • Incompletes:
    • In the Satisfactory Academic Progress calculation are considered to be credits attempted but not earned until the course is completed and the student receives a passing grade.
  • Transfer credits from other schools:
    • In the Satisfactory Academic Progress calculation are considered to be credits attempted and completed toward the completion of the student’s program and counted toward the max time frame.

Review of Satisfactory Academic Progress:

  • Individual student records will be reviewed annually and prior to the student being awarded for the next academic year. The review is for programs of study that are longer than one academic year, and must include all terms of the student’s attendance (including summer terms).


  • Financial Aid Suspension: Failure to meet either the qualitative or quantitative standard will result in the student being placed on financial aid suspension until the next evaluation period.  The student will not be allowed to receive financial aid when they have been placed on Financial Aid suspension.
  • Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal: Students who have been placed on Financial Aid suspension will be allowed to appeal their suspension. The appeal must include the following to be considered:
    • Reason why they failed to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
    • What has/will change that will allow the student to make Satisfactory Academic Progress at the next evaluation period?
    • As appropriate, an academic plan developed and in place with their academic advisor and signed by the student.
  • Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Probation: Students who have been initially placed on Financial Aid suspension, who have an approved appeal are placed on SAP probation. Student’s eligibility for Title IV aid has been reinstated.
  • Financial Aid Appeal Approval: 
    • Student has an academic plan in place that will ensure they are able to meet SAP standards by a specific point in time.
    • Students with an approved appeal who are placed on Satisfactory Academic Progress probation (with or without an academic plan) will have their status reviewed after the first payment period (term) following their successful appeal. Students who are not meeting the requirements will be suspended and all current and future aid must be canceled immediately, regardless of current enrollment. Students meeting SAP and/or the requirements of their academic plan will not be reviewed again until the next annual SAP review. Students who are suspended as part of this process may appeal this decision.