Satisfactory Progress

Any time you drop a course or withdraw from the University, you may be jeopardizing your federally-funded student financial aid, now or in the future. You must successfully complete at least two-thirds of all courses in which you enroll. Dropping after the first day of class may not affect your academic standing, but it may affect your ability to receive financial aid.

Why does UND have Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?

  1. The Department of Education has regulated that every school who awards Title IV funding must have a Satisfactory Academic Progress policy to ensure students are progressing with their academics.
  2. The Student Financial Aid Office runs the SAP process after grades are posted every semester. Students have their GPA, credit completion rate and total attempted credits evaluated.
  •  GPA

        Undergraduate and Law students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

        Graduate students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

  •  Completion Rate

        All students must complete 66.667% of the credits they attempt.

        All credits enrolled in as of the financial aid census date for the semester count as attempted.

        A course is not completed successfully if it is failed, incomplete, or withdrawn.

  • Maximum Time Frame

        Undergraduate students must complete their degree within 187 attempted credits.

        Graduate and Law students must complete their degree within 135 attempted credits.

        Medical students must complete their degree within 218 attempted credits.

        All credits enrolled in as of the financial aid census date for the semester count as attempted.

What is the academic advisor’s roll with SAP petition process?

  • Depending on the student’s situation. The SFA Office needs to know that the student has been advised about the requirements for their degree, received guidance on a course load they can successfully complete to which they are able to progress to graduation. 

Office of the Registrar

Tel: 701.777.2711
1.800.CALL.UND
Fax: 701.777.2696

Twamley Hall Room 201
264 Centennial Drive Stop 8382
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8382