Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements for Financial Aid

Students must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards earning a degree as stipulated below to receive financial aid at OCU from all federal and state student aid grants, Work Study, and loan programs. Some additional grants and scholarships may also use part or all of the SAP standards as minimum criteria for funding eligibility.

Undergraduate Requirements
Hours Earned 1-16 17-32 33-48 49 and up
GPA 1.7 1.8 1.9 2.0
Minimum Pass Rate Percentage of Total Hours Successfully Completed 50% 55% 62% 67%
Maximum Total Credit Hours or Time Allowed to Complete Current Primary Degree Requirements 150% of the specified degree program’s published length.

Financial Aid SAP will be measured annually. Students previously in good standing will be placed on Financial Aid probation if the minimum SAP standards are not met. The student will retain eligibility for aid during the probationary period. Students not meeting the minimum SAP standards by the end of the semester the student was placed on Financial Aid probation will be placed on Financial Aid suspension. Aid eligibility will resume when the student raises his or her cumulative academic measurements to the required levels or has a Financial Aid appeal approved. Financial Aid suspension may be appealed if unusual and/or mitigating circumstances affected their academic progress. Such circumstances may include a severe illness or injury to the student or an immediate family member, the death of a student’s relative, student activation into military service, or other circumstances as deemed appropriate for consideration by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee. Transfer students with no grade history at OCU will enter on Financial Aid good standing. A Financial Aid SAP calculation, including transfer hours applicable to the current degree pursuit and OCU hours earned, will be run at the next scheduled increment.

To appeal, the student must submit a legible letter, a completed Financial Aid Appeal Form, and supporting documentation to the OCU Financial Aid Office. These must explain in detail why the student failed to meet the minimum academic standards, what unusual and/or mitigating circumstance contributed to the failure, and how the situation has changed to allow the student to meet Financial Aid SAP requirements by the next calculation. Appeals must be received by the Financial Aid Office no later than 15 business days before the end of the term for which reinstatement is desired. Early appeal submission is strongly encouraged. A committee will review the appeal and will notify the student in writing of their decision. If an appeal is approved, the student will temporarily regain financial aid eligibility. Continuation of eligibility will be contingent upon the student demonstrating improved academic merit achievement as outlined by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee through their Academic Plan.