Satisfactory Academic Progress
By federal law, you are required to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward degree completion. Academic progress is reviewed at the end of each term for all students enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students at SOU. Below is an overview of the 3 standards used in the SOU SAP policy.
- Minimum GPA Requirement
Undergraduate students at Southern Oregon University must maintain the following minimum term and cumulative GPAs in accordance with the SOU catalog and as administered by the Registrar's Office. Students must maintain a 2.0 "term" and a 2.0 SOU "cumulative" GPA.
Graduate students must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
- Credit Completion Rate Standard
Students must complete at least 67% of all credits attempted at SOU (or combined institution if participating in a consortium agreement).
- Attempted credits are defined as all classes for which a student receives a passing grade (D - or better, or P), or an F, I, W, NC, E, M, WF or NP. Credits dropped after the end of the 2nd week of classes (the census date), for which they were funded for financial aid purposes are also included as attempted credits.
- Completed credits are defined as all classes for which a student receives a passing grade of D - or better, or P.
- Developmental credits (Math 65, Math 95, etc.) and repeated courses count as credits attempted and completed.
- Audit credits do not count as credits attempted or completed.
- Maximum Credit Standard (150% Rule)
The maximum "attempted" credits (defined above) allowed by federal regulation for degree or certificate completion is 150% of the credits needed to complete that type of degree.
Failure to make SAP
The first time a student fails to meet SAP standards for a term, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Warning status, but will remain eligible to receive financial aid. If a student fails to meet the SAP standards the term following the Financial Aid Warning the student will be in Financial Aid Denied status for financial aid purposes. When a student goes into Financial Aid Denied status they have the option to appeal. If the appeal is successful, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation for one term.