We use three measures when evaluating Satisfactory Academic Progress. The measures include grade point average (GPA), course completion rate (pace), and maximum time frame. Additional details for each measurement are included below.
To be in good standing, you must complete 67% of the courses you attempt.
The number of credits you attempt in your time as a student is also measured. To be in good standing, you must complete a degree or certificate prior to attempting 150% of the credits needed for the program.
If you are not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress, we will notify you by university email after the final grade date for the term. Final grade dates are available on the Office of the Registrar’s academic calendar.
If you are not meeting the minimum GPA or completion rate, you will be placed on financial aid warning status for one term.
If you are not meeting the minimum GPA and completion rate after the warning term, you will be placed on financial aid suspension. If you exceed the maximum time frame of your program, you will be placed on financial aid suspension and will not have a term of warning.
If your financial aid has been suspended, you will not be eligible for the following types of aid.
Students placed on suspension have two ways to receive financial aid again:
We recognize life circumstances may interfere with your academic performance. A successful appeal will include the following information:
After you submit your appeal, our office will review the documentation you provide and consider you for financial aid. There are three possible outcomes when you submit the appeal.
CU Denver has a maximum appeal limit of five appeals during a student’s undergraduate career at the university, and a limit of three appeals during a graduate/professional career.
To be considered for the reinstatement of grants, we must receive a complete appeal no later than one month after the Census Date for the term. Students who have had an appeal approved must still be enrolled to have aid awarded. Grants other than the Federal Pell Grant are not guaranteed for appeals received after this time frame or appeals determine to be incomplete. A complete appeal will include the appeal form, personal statement, supporting documentation, and if required, a SAP Academic Plan. We encourage students to submit appeals prior to the deadline to allow time to submit additional documents if required.
A student will be considered for loans if a complete SAP Appeal is received no later than 30 days prior to the last day of the term for which a student is appealing and still enrolled at least half-time. While the office will review appeals received within 30 days of the last day of the term, it is not guaranteed loans will be able to be offered within this time frame. A complete appeal will include the appeal form, personal statement, supporting documentation, and if required, a SAP Academic Plan. We encourage students to submit appeals prior to the deadline to allow time to submit additional documents if required.