Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

In order to receive federal financial aid, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward graduation. BYU evaluates SAP components (see below) after every winter semester. If you meet the requirements at that point and meet all other requirements, you are eligible for federal financial aid for the following year (spring/summer/fall/winter), with one exception: maximum attempted credits are evaluated every semester or term to determine future eligibility.

These standards apply to all periods of attendance, including semesters you did not receive financial aid. Please note that these standards are not the same as BYU's academic requirements. You may be eligible to attend BYU but not be eligible to receive financial aid.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate SAP standards include the following grade-based and time-based requirements:

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (includes transfer credits).
  • Maximum Timeframe of 180 attempted credits (or 150% of program length, if your program requires more than 120 credits to graduate), which include:
    • Credits currently registered for,
    • Foreign language exams/other examination credits,
    • Transfer credits and AP/IB credits that count toward BYU graduation requirements,
    • Repeated credits,
    • E, I, IE, UW, W, WE, or T grades, and
    • Passing grades (including P).
  • Minimum 66.67% Pace (completion percent). This is calculated by dividing the total number of earned or passing credits (grades A, B, C, D, or P) by the total number of attempted credits.

Graduate Students

For graduate students, SAP is also based on three elements:

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA-includes only those courses taken since completing any former degree(s)-(law students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher)
  • Maximum Timeframe of no more than 150% of the number of credit hours required for your program of study
  • Overall Assessment by the Graduate Studies Office of “satisfactory” or “marginal"-students with an “unsatisfactory” rating are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Post-baccalaureate Studies (PBS) Students

SAP standards for students in the Post-baccalaureate Studies Program are the same as those for undergraduate students, with the following exception: Maximum Timeframe limit is 45 attempted credits (or 150% of your required number of prerequisite or teacher certification credits, if that number is greater than 30). SAP calculations only include those courses you have taken since completing any former degree(s).

Additional SAP Policies

For information on rehabilitation, changing majors, double majors, dropping classes, repeating courses, financial aid suspension/probation and the petition process, please click here.