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Financial Aid

Graduate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

The Financial Aid Office will measure, after each term of attendance, whether or not you are meeting SAP (see Elements of SAP for helpful terms and general information). The standards measured are as follows:

  • Cumulative GPA: Students must achieve and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 after attempting 20 graduate credits at UW-Green Bay.
  • Cumulative Completion Rate: Students must pass 67% of the overall credits attempted (see Elements of SAP). Attempts are counted regardless of whether or not aid was received for that term and will include all credits, including test, transfer, etc.
  • UW-Green Bay Completion Rate: In addition to the cumulative completion rate (above), students must pass 50% of their UW-Green Bay credits attempted (see Elements of SAP). Attempts are counted regardless of whether or not aid was received for that term.
  • Cumulative Attempted Credit Maximum: Students must graduate with attempted credits (see Elements of SAP) within 150% of a published program’s length. In order to follow federal regulations, yet recognizing that each graduate program may have differing graduation requirements, the Financial Aid Office will begin to alert students of the 150% rule when they have reached 30 graduate credits attempted. At 45 credits attempted, an initial evaluation will be done to determine whether an ‘ineligible’ status is appropriate. If any UW-Green Bay Graduate program has published a length that may exceed 30 credits, the Financial Aid Office will first contact the department to obtain further information on a student’s required coursework. This review may result in the student meeting SAP standards and no further action will be required by the student. If the student is found ineligible, or if the program requirements are unclear, a letter will be sent to the student and an appeal will be necessary. In addition to the Appeal for Reinstatement of Aid form, the appeal must contain clarification from the student’s adviser outlining the overall requirements and remaining curriculum as well as the anticipated graduation date.