SAP for Graduate Students

The Registrar’s records are reviewed at the completion of every semester of enrollment to determine compliance with the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.

Graduate students must review the Graduate College Handbook regarding minimum grade point average requirements. Federal financial aid eligibility for graduate students ends when the total semesters enrolled equal the limits outlined below (Graduate College Handbook, Chapter 4):

DegreeSemesters Enrolled
Master’s10
Ph.D. (began Ph.D. at ISU with Master’s earned)10
Ph.D. (began Ph.D. at ISU without Master’s earned)14

Approaching the Maximum Time Frame

Graduate students approaching the maximum time frame of their degree will be notified by the Office of Student Financial Aid and will remain eligible for financial aid until the limit outlined above is met.

Financial Aid Suspension

Graduate students are placed on Financial Aid Suspension for one of the following reasons:

  1. Meet or exceed the Maximum Time Frame requirement to obtain a degree.
  2. Withdrawal from ALL semester credit hours or receive a non-passing grade or incomplete in ALL semester credit hours in back-to-back semesters.

Students are not eligible for financial aid while on Financial Aid Suspension. A message is posted to the student’s AccessPlus account as notification of being placed on Financial Aid Suspension. See Appealing Financial Aid Suspension.