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, state, and university-administered 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. Students must be making satisfactory progress to continue receiving financial aid.

Satisfactory academic progress has three components: quantitative, qualitative and degree completion. 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.

Students who are not meeting one or more of the above components must submit a SAP Appeal form in order to determine continued financial aid eligibility. If a student's appeal is approved, he/she will be placed on financial aid probation (separate from academic probation). Students will be notified of the appeal results in writing.

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. So long as 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.

Students who are not meeting SAP at the end of a semester, will be notified by email and letter. To download the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form, click here. Please note that the form requires a portion to be completed by an Academic Advisor.

*More specific information about the evaluation of academic progress, including the impact of F, I, W and WF grades can be found on page 16 of the Student Financial Assistance Handbook.