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Satisfactory Academic Progress

The University of South Carolina is dedicated to academic excellence. Federal regulations require the University of South Carolina to establish, publish and apply standards to monitor your academic performance.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy 

To be eligible to receive any federal, state or private educational loans funds, students must adhere to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarship's (OSFAS) policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress. The intent of this policy is to ensure that students who are receiving federal and state financial aid as well private educational loans for their education are making measurable progress toward completion of a degree in a reasonable period of time. Students are measured on GPA, Completion Rate and Maximum Timeframe. Students who fail to meet SAP standards will be ineligible to receive any federal, state or private educational loans funds. Students who are found ineligible may appeal this determination under specifically prescribed conditions.

Minimum USC Cumulative GPA Requirements

Undergraduate 2.00 USC Cumulative GPA
Graduate/Graduate Business (Master's) 3.00 USC Cumulative GPA
Law/Pharmacy/Medical 2.00 USC Cumulative GPA
Certificate of Graduate Studies 3.00 USC Cumulative GPA

Measurement and Time Frame

Satisfactory academic progress is measured annually by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. The academic year for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) eligibility determination is comprised of the fall, spring, and summer terms. This measurement occurs at the conclusion of each spring semester after the spring grade processing is complete. However if a student attends summer school, they will also be reviewed at the end of the summer session. This measurement will determine if the student has made sufficient progress to be eligible for financial aid for the subsequent fall, spring and summer semester. Students whose records are not reviewed at the end of spring or summer, will be reviewed when they submit a FAFSA for upcoming year, submit a Private loan application or receive a state scholarship.

Doctoral students are only assessed on percentage completion. Doctoral students must earn 67 percent of all hours accepted at USC plus transfer hours accepted regardless of whether federal financial aid was received. 

Maximum Time Frame

The maximum time frame for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students varies depending on your degree program. Hours include attempted hours at USC plus transfer hours accepted. 

Program Cannot Exceed
Undergraduate 180 Hours
Graduate (Master's) 75 Hours
Graduate Business (Master's) 105 Hours
Law 202 Hours
Medical 262 Hours
Pharmacy  233 Hours
Certificate of Graduate Studies 36 Hours

 

Completion Rate

All students at the University of South Carolina are expected to earn 67 percent of all hours attempted at USC plus transfer hours accepted.

Satisfactory Academic Progress At a Glance

Financial Aid Covered Under SAP 
  • Federal Pell Grants

  • Federal Work-Study Program

  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

  • Federal Perkins Loans

  • Federal Direct Loans, subsidized and unsubsidized

  • Federal Direct PLUS Loan

  • Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan

  • Nursing Student Loans and Scholarships

  • Health Professions Loans, Scholarships and Grants

  • Private Educational Loans

  • South Carolina Teachers Loan Program

  • South Carolina Career Changers Loan

  • South Carolina Need-Based Grant Program

  • National Guard CAP

  • South Carolina LIFE Scholarship

  • South Carolina HOPE Scholarship

  • South Carolina Palmetto Fellows Scholarship

  • Other federal or state programs as required

Grade/Academic Forgiveness

The Satisfactory Academic Progress policy standards will not apply to any hours forgiven under the University of South Carolina Academic Forgiveness Program. Students who have been granted academic forgiveness must contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (OSFAS) for further assessment.

Change of Major and Second Degrees

Students who must remain enrolled beyond their maximum time frame due to a change of major or completing a second degree will be required to submit an appeal once they reach their maximum time frame.

 

Grading

In determining a student's SAP standing, classes in which a student receives a W, WF, I, U, NR, or F are counted as attempted hours but not hours earned. Only grades of A, B, C, D, S, and T are counted as attempted hours and hours earned. Students enrolled in audit courses (AUD) will not receive financial aid for these classes. Grades of W, NR, I, U, S, T and AUD are not used when computing GPA. Receiving grades of W, WF, I U, NR, or F can negatively impact the percentage of completion.

Repeated Courses

Repeated courses and transfer hours accepted by USC will be counted in both the attempted hours and hours earned.

Transient Students

To be eligible to receive any federal, state, and/or private loan funding as a transient student, a student must have earned a USC cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.00 or higher. 

Deadline

The deadline for receipt of appeals in the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships is 14 calendar days prior to the end of the semester for which aid is requested.