Satisfactory Academic Progress

The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions of higher learning to establish standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for students receiving financial aid. Students must declare a major and must be working toward the completion of that major to receive financial aid. Failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) will result in the loss of federal and state aid after the probationary terms.

This SAP policy applies to all students regardless of status, including full-time, part-time, and undergraduate classifications established by Morehouse College. To receive aid, a student must be making satisfactory academic progress regardless of whether or not he has previously received aid.  New students and transfer students are considered to be making satisfactory academic progress.

Outline of Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students are responsible for maintaining an acceptable level of progress regarding quality, quantity, and time frame of work.  SAP will be reviewed at the end of every semester (including summer semester) to determine future eligibility.

SAP consists of three components:

  • Qualitative Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) 
    Students must maintain a cumulative GPA ranging from 1.8 to 2.0 or higher (depending on classification) based on grades earned at the end of each semester. The GPA is computed by the registrar’s office on a scale of 4.0.
  • Quantitative Cumulative Hours Completed
    To receive Financial Aid, students must have passed at least 67% of all credit hours attempted at Morehouse College to maintain SAP. The completion rate is calculated by dividing the cumulative number of credit hours the student has successfully completed by the cumulative number of credit hours the student has attempted. 
  • Maximum Time Frame (150%)
    The purpose of the Federal Title IV Financial Aid programs is to assist students in meeting their educational expenses while they progress toward timely completion of their educational objectives. For that reason, federal regulations require that students must complete their educational objective within a maximum time frame of one and one-half times the length of the program in which they are enrolled.