Federal regulations require IUPUI to establish and apply reasonable standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for the purpose of receiving financial assistance. To receive financial aid, a student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

In addition to GPA standards, there are policies regarding course enrollment and completion rates, duration of eligibility, repeating classes, and unofficial withdrawals. Students failing to meet standards of satisfactory academic progress will be placed on financial aid probation and will be given an opportunity to meet the standards of satisfactory academic progress. If students fail to meet these standards, they will be denied financial aid until satisfactory progress is achieved. Students may submit an appeal with documented mitigating circumstances.

Course Enrollment and Completion

In addition to GPA standards, students must complete a minimum of 75 percent of the credit hours for which they receive a grade each semester. Example: If students enroll in 12 or more credit hours (full time) they must complete 9 credit hours. Completion of a course for credit requires a grade that indicates students have finished all work for the course during the semester for which assistance was received. Course work grades of A, B, C, D, P (pass), or S (satisfactory), are indicators that meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Grades that do not indicate course completion are W (withdrawal), F (failing), and I (incomplete).

Duration of Eligibility

In addition to meeting the minimum GPA and course completion requirements, a student must also meet the duration of eligibility requirements. Undergraduate students may not exceed 150 percent of the published length of the educational program. All courses in which students receive a grade will be counted toward the duration of eligibility. All transfer credit hours that appear on the academic transcript will be counted toward the duration of eligiblity. For second undergradute degree students, only credit hours that apply toward that degree are counted toward the duration of eligibility. Once students have exceeded the 150 percent level of their program, they will no longer be eligible for financial assistance as undergraduate students.

The duration of eligibility is divided into yearly increments. The maximum number of credit hours for which students can receive assistance is as follows:

Freshman 47 credit hours
Sophomore 93 credit hours
Junior 140 credit hours
Senior 186 credit hours
Graduate (Not Applicable)

Failure to meet this schedule will result in denial of financial assistance until students complete enough credit hours to advance to the next grade level. Also, failure to meet any of the other SAP requirements may result in loss of financial aid eligibility.

Unofficial Withdrawals

If students receive all grades of F or a combination of all F, FN, and W grades, the financial aid office will determine the last date of attendance by a review of the Office of the Registrar’s records. Financial aid for that term will be re-calculated based upon the date of the unofficial withdrawal and may result in repayment of all grants and loans by students.

Financial Aid Probation

Each academic year, the OSFAS will review academic transcripts to confirm that the standards of SAP are being met. Students who have not met the requirements above will be placed on financial aid probation.

Probation will give the student a period of time to meet satisfactory academic standards. Students who continue to not meet these terms will be denied financial aid until satisfactory academic progress is achieved.

Mitigating Circumstances and Appeals

If mitigating circumstances affect students’ ability to meet the SAP policy, those students are required to submit a detailed explanation of the reasons for poor academic performance. In addition, an academic advisor’s recommendation is required. Possible mitigating circumstances are the death of a relative, an injury to or illness of the student, and other special circumstances that can be documented on a case-by-case basis. Appeal forms may be printed from the financial aid Web site (www.iupui.edu/finaid).

Contacting the Office of Student Financial Aid Services:
    Web site: www.iupui.edu/finaid
    Phone: (317) 274-4162
    Fax: (317) 274-5930
Walk-in Counseling: Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to noon