Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards


Eligibility for Financial Aid

If you are receiving financial aid under Title IV programs, you must maintain satisfactory academic progress in your course of study regardless of whether or not financial aid is awarded each semester. All students, including dual enrollment students, must adhere to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy to be eligible for Financial Aid upon enrolling as an entering freshman at Lamar University. We will measure your academic progress annually after the spring semester. Failure to meet all three of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards (for all terms enrolled, not just those terms that aid was received) may result in loss of financial aid eligibility.

All three of the following Satisfactory Academic Progress standards must be met:

  1. Qualitative Component - Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
    Undergraduate students must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Texas Grant and Be On Time recipients  must   maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. Graduate students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
  2. Quantitative Component - Pace (Minimum Completion Rate for Attempted Credit Hours)
    A student must earn credit for at least 75% of all semester credit hours attempted (total earned hours divided by total attempted hours). A student who is not progressing toward graduation at the defined Pace will not receive financial aid regardless of his/her GPA.
    • You do not earn hours for the following grades: U, Q, F, W, NG or I.
    • Transfer credit hours posted to the official transcript record and all courses removed through the Academic Fresh Start process will be counted as attempted credit hours, whether or not they are applicable to the student's current degree.
  3. Quantitative Component - Degree Completion within 150% of the average length of the Program (Maximum Timeframe)
    Students must earn their degree within 150% of the number of hours that are required. 
    • Attempted credit hours are used for the 150% calculation.
    • A student pursuing a double major or degree must earn his/her first bachelor's or graduate degree within the 150 percent maximum time frame standard.
    • Transfer credit hours posted to the official transcript record and all courses removed through the Academic Fresh Start process will be counted as attempted credit hours, whether or not they are applicable to the student's current degree.

Financial Aid Suspension/Requirements to Regain Eligibility

If you fail to maintain the quantitative and/or qualitative standards you will lose eligibility for financial aid and will be placed on financial aid suspension. This suspension will continue until you complete at least 6 hours in your major with a 2.25 semester GPA or better for undergraduates and a 3.25 semester GPA for graduates (if more hours are taken, all credit hours must be completed with a passing grade) over a long semester at Lamar University. Once these conditions are met, you need to notify our office in writing to have your eligibility reviewed.

Appeal Process

To appeal the the suspension of your financial aid, you must first submit a FAFSA. Once the FAFSA has been received you can submit an Appeal. You may appeal your the suspension of your financial aid for the following reasons:

  • Injury or illness to the student
  • Death of an immediate relative
  • Other Special Circumstances (beyond the control of the student)

Appeals that do not provide ample justification, are incomplete, or are illegible will be denied.

Incomplete appeals will be mailed back to you.
Failure to submit a complete appeal multiple times will result in a denial.

Appeals will be reviewed by a Specialist Sr. and/or the Director. Your appeal may be forwarded to the Financial Aid Appeal Committee. The appeal committee typically meets every other week.  If your appeal goes before the committee your aid may be delayed due to the meeting dates of the committee.

Appeals must be received at least 5 business days before each meeting or it will be reviewed at the next meeting date. Students are responsible for making arrangements with the Cashier while waiting on a decision or their classes may be dropped. DO NOT miss class while waiting for a decision. Appeals can take up to 7-10 business days to review during peak times.

If your appeal is approved your Self Service Banner account will be updated under Financial Aid/Eligibility/Academic Progress to reflect probationary/academic plan status. Federal regulations allow the Financial Aid Office to require students to fulfill specific terms and conditions, such as taking a reduced course load or enrolling in specific courses. You may be required to agree and sign additional Academic Plan requirements before your aid can be processed any further. Under a Financial Aid Academic Plan you will be allowed to receive aid for ONE SEMESTER and your eligibility for future semesters will be reviewed after grades post each payment period.

If you are unable to appeal your suspension for one of the 3 reasons allowed by Federal Regulations, your aid will remain suspended until you complete the requirements to regain eligibility. If your appeal is denied, you will be notified by email, your academic progress listed under your eligibility will change to "D-All" in your Self Service Banner Account, and any aid already awarded will be cancelled. This suspension will continue until you complete at least 6 hours in your major with a 2.25 semester GPA or better for undergraduates and a 3.25 semester GPA for graduates (if more hours are taken, all credit hours must be completed with a passing grade) over a long semester at Lamar University. Once these conditions are met, you need to notify our office in writing to have your eligibility reviewed.