Loyola University Chicago

Financial Aid Office

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Financial aid recipients at Loyola University Chicago are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP). All federal and state funds are covered under this policy. Satisfactory academic progress criteria contained in the policy are applied annually to all eligible students and are evaluated at the end of each academic semester (Arrupe College students will be evaluated at the end of each academic year in August). Students must be making satisfactory progress to continue receiving federal and state financial aid.

Satisfactory academic progress has three components and students must satisfy all components in order to continue to receive aid:

  • Quantitative: Students must complete at least 67% of the courses attempted*
  • Qualitative: Students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Degree Completion: Students must complete a bachelor's degree in no more than 150% of the stated number of credit hours for an academic program. As an example, undergraduate students must complete the 120 hours for their baccalaureate degree with less than 180 attempted hours. Any transfer hours are counted as attempted for degree completion.

Students who are not meeting one or more of the above SAP components will be notified by email or letter and will be required to submit a SAP Appeal form in order to determine continued financial aid eligibility. To download the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form, please visit our forms page. Please note that the form requires a portion to be completed by an Academic Advisor.

If a student's appeal is approved, he/she will be placed on financial aid probation (separate from academic probation). For the semester that probation is granted, financial aid funds may be awarded and disbursed. As a term of probation, a student will be given specific requirements that must be met. If these requirements are met, a student may continue to receive financial aid until the federal SAP conditions are met.

If the student's appeal is denied or the terms of probation are not met, he/she is not eligible for financial aid. After successfully completing a semester without financial aid, a student may submit a new SAP appeal.


*Courses graded as F, I, W, WE, WF, or NP will be considered attempted and not completed. For more information about the Loyola grading system, please visit this website.