Satisfactory Academic Progress

To be eligible for financial aid, you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. The Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships has established guidelines (based on federal regulations) for evaluating your progress, taking into consideration your cumulative UNR GPA, the cumulative number of credits you have attempted and completed at UNR, and credits that have transferred from any other postsecondary institution.

Scholarships have a separate and distinct SAP standard. For information regarding SAP requirements for a specific scholarship, please consult the scholarship award criteria on your "Financial Aid Offer," which can be found in your communication center on MyNevada.

What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?

"Satisfactory Academic Progress" is the term used to signify a student's successful completion of coursework toward a degree or certificate. For federal, state, and institutional aid, the University is required to monitor the progress of each student toward degree or certificate completion. These academic standards apply for all periods of enrollment, regardless of whether or not aid was received. Students who fall behind in their coursework, or do not achieve minimum standards for grade point average and completed credits, may lose their eligibility for all types of federal, state, and institutional aid administered by our office. Students who are not meeting standards will be notified via the email on file in MyNevada.

There are two components to the SAP standards: 1. Quantitative, which consists of pace and maximum time frame, and 2. Qualitative, which consists of cumulative UNR GPA, passing/non-passing grades for remedial coursework, and passing/non-passing grades for medical students. Failure to comply with any requirement will result in a loss of financial aid eligibility.  

Quantitative


Pace
Pace is based on all college credits earned from UNR and all other post-secondary institutions, regardless of whether or not aid was received. A student must earn (complete with a passing grade) 70% of all attempted (enrolled) credits in order to meet the pace requirement. Pace is calculated as: (number of credits earned ÷ number of credits attempted) × 100. Courses that are assigned a grade of 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D', or 'S' are included as both credits earned and credits attempted. Course assigned grades of 'I', 'W', 'F', 'AD', 'AR', 'NR', 'R', and 'U' are not included as credits earned, but are included as credits attempted.

For example: A UNR student has attempted 80 credits. Out of those credits, this student has passed 66 credits. (66 ÷ 80) × 100 = 82.5%, so this student is meeting the minimum satisfactory academic progress standard. But say this student has only passed 55 credits. In that case, this student would not be meeting the standard, because (55 ÷ 80) × 100 = 68.75%, which is less than the required 70%.

Maximum Time Frame
Federal regulations limit financial aid funding to no more than 150% of the average length of the program. All attempted (total enrolled) credits at UNR and at all other institutions are counted in this limit, regardless of whether or not aid was received.  The credit limit includes dual majors, changes in majors, and multiple degrees.

  • An undergraduate student maximum time frame is 180 attempted/total enrolled credits.
  • A graduate student maximum time frame is 70 attempted/total enrolled graduate credits.
  • A doctoral student maximum time frame is 140 attempted/total enrolled graduate credits, including all post-baccalaureate coursework.

Qualitative


UNR Cumulative GPA
In addition to the quantitative component for satisfactory academic progress, federal regulations also require that a student must maintain a certain grade point average in order to receive financial aid.

The GPA requirement is based on grades earned at UNR, and does not include grades transferred from another institution

  • Undergraduate students are required to maintain a 2.0 or better cumulative UNR GPA.
  • Graduate students are required to maintain a 3.0 or better cumulative UNR GPA for graduate level coursework.

Students admitted into the professional degree in Education must maintain a UNR GPA tied to their required coursework (2.0 undergraduate and 3.0 graduate coursework). Grades of 'S' or 'U' have no effect on GPA.

For example: A UNR student has attempted 84 credits. Out of those credits, this student has completed 75 credits. This student has completed 91% of coursework attempted ((77 ÷ 84) × 100 = 91%), but has a 1.8 GPA. This student is not meeting the minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress standards because he or she has not maintained a 2.0 GPA.

Remedial Coursework

Remedial courses are assessed qualitatively with S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory) grades. If a student receives a U grade for a remedial course taken at UNR more than once, the student will no longer be meeting SAP. Successfully passing the same remedial course, or completing core math/English requirements, as applicable, will remedy the deficiency. Remedial courses do not affect pace or Maximum Time Frame.

Enrollment Requirements and Information

All students will be packaged at full time status. You may reduce your enrollment to three-quarter time, half time, or less than half time, but be aware that this may cause you to have to repay funds if you change any time before the final add/drop date for the semester. If you reduce your course-load after the final add/drop date, a pace problem may result.

Repeated Coursework

Repeated courses affect total credits attempted and total credits completed. If you repeat a course, all grades for the same course will be averaged together, unless you file for a grade replacement, in which case only the most recent grade will be kept for GPA purposes.  Repeated coursework will be counted toward your semester enrollment if you have not previously passed the course, or if you have passed the course and are repeating it one time to improve your grade. If you are repeating a course that you have passed twice or more, it will not count toward your semester enrollment.

Dual Enrollment

You may only receive financial aid from one institution, even if you are concurrently enrolled at more than one. Your enrollment status at UNR only includes coursework that is listed in our semester class schedule. Exceptions may be approved in advance for students whose program requires courses that are never offered at this University or in other limited circumstances. Completed coursework at another institution may create or correct a pace problem.

100% Withdrawal from the University or Zero Credits Earned

If you completely withdraw or earn zero credits during a semester, you will be subject to the Return of Title IV Funds calculation. You may be required to pay back all or part of the financial aid disbursed.

Academic Renewal

UNR has an Academic Renewal policy through which a student can apply to have grades excluded from GPA, provided certain conditions are met. There is no provision for 'academic renewal' in which credits attempted and grades earned are excluded from your financial aid eligibility assessment.

Warning Semester

Students who have fallen below the minimum GPA or pace requirements, or have failed a remedial course more than once, will get a warning semester, during which time they will be permitted to receive financial aid while remedying the deficiency. If, after the warning semester, the GPA, pace, or remedial credit deficiency is not resolved, eligibility for financial aid will be lost. Students who do not meet satisfactory academic standards after their warning semester must either appeal or remedy the deficiency by taking and paying for classes on their own. Each student will only be permitted to receive one warning semester at UNR, regardless of deficiency or combination of deficiencies, and whether or not aid was received during that warning semester.

Graduate students are also eligible for a single warning semester at UNR as long as no prior warning semester was during any graduate career.

Transfer students who do not meet UNR pace requirements for financial aid will be permitted one warning semester during their first period of enrollment. If all deficiencies are not remedied after their first semester, they must appeal or remedy the deficiency by taking and paying for classes on their own.

Classes taken at UNR will affect both GPA and pace, whereas classes taken at other post-secondary institutions will only affect pace. Remedial credits taken at other institutions do not count against students, but may remedy deficiencies if passed. There is no warning semester for students who exceed the maximum time frame credit limits.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals

If you do not meet satisfactory academic progress standards, you may submit an appeal. If you have a GPA, pace, or remedial coursework issue, you may submit the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal. If you have a maximum time frame issue, you may submit the Maximum Time Frame Appeal. These forms can be found on our website at http://www.unr.edu/financial-aid/forms-publications-and-policies/forms/general-formsAll appeals must be received three weeks prior to the end of the term in order to be considered for aid in the current semester. Appeals received during the summer will only be considered for aid beginning in the subsequent fall semester.

In addition to submitting the appropriate appeal form, signed and dated, you must also submit the required documentation, as listed on each form.

For a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal, your written narrative must be typed and signed. You may include any letters of support from professors, physicians, or other professionals familiar with your case in addition to the required supporting documentation.

Examples of Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals that may be considered are:  

  • Death or serious illness of an immediate family member.
  • Prolonged hospitalization or confinement at home for reasons that resulted in required extended absences from classes.
  • A one-time emergency situation that impacted your ability to continue your education or affected your academic success for a short, specified period.
  • Situations for which you had no valid choice other than to interrupt your education.

Examples of Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals that WILL NOT be considered are:  

  • Lack of knowledge or understanding of the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
  • Medical appeals based on long-term or chronic conditions that were known and existed before financial aid was accepted and received.
  • Medical appeals for illness or hospitalization for dates that do not correspond to the semester(s) of sub-standard progress.
  • Any reason for which you have previously filed an appeal.
  • Discretionary decisions to withdraw from the University.

 For a Maximum Time Frame Appeal, you must submit your planner from MyNevada showing your planned enrollment until graduation. This is an opportunity to figure out with your advisor what courses you need to earn your degree, and if any required courses can be substituted or waived prior to graduation.  If your appeal is approved, any subsequent changes to declared major(s) or minor(s) will require that you submit a new appeal.

If your appeal is approved, you will be notified by email and shortly thereafter will be able to view your financial aid awards on MyNevada.

If your appeal is denied, you may submit additional documentation to amend your appeal. If your amended appeal is denied, and you feel there are circumstances not reflected in your supporting documentation, you may request an in-person appeal. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships at 775-784-4666 to schedule an in-person appeal.

Decisions made by the appeals committee are final and are not subject to further review. If your final appeal is denied, you must take courses on your own until the issue is resolved.

Courses must be taken at UNR to raise the GPA above the required minimum to resolve a GPA issue. Courses may be taken at UNR or taken elsewhere and transferred in to raise cumulative pace above 70% to resolve a pace issue. Remedial courses may be taken at UNR or taken elsewhere and transferred in to address a remedial coursework issue. There is no further aid eligibility for students whose Maximum Time Frame Appeals have been denied. Discontinuing attendance for any length of time will not resolve a SAP issue.

Policy last revised December 20, 2016.

To be eligible for financial aid, you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. The Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships has established guidelines (based on federal regulations) for evaluating your progress.

Scholarships have a separate and distinct SAP standard. For information regarding SAP requirements for a specific scholarship, please consult the scholarship award criteria on your "Financial Aid Offer," which can be found in your communication center on MyNevada.

What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?

"Satisfactory Academic Progress" is the term used to signify a student's successful completion of coursework toward a degree or certificate. For federal, state, and institutional aid, the University is required to monitor the progress of each student toward degree or certificate completion. These academic standards apply for all periods of enrollment, regardless of whether or not aid was received. Students who fall behind in their coursework, or do not achieve minimum standards for completed credits, may lose their eligibility for all types of federal, state, and institutional aid administered by our office. Students who are not meeting standards will be notified via the email on file in MyNevada.

There are two components to the SAP standards for medical students: 1. Quantitative, which consists of pace and maximum time frame, and 2. Qualitative, which consists of passing/non-passing grades. Failure to comply with any requirement will result in a loss of financial aid eligibility.

Quantitative


Pace
Medical students must pass 100% of all attempted coursework. Passing grades for financial aid purposes are 'H' (honors), 'HP' (high pass), and 'P' (pass). Grades of 'I' (incomplete), 'W' (withdrawn), and 'F' (fail) are considered attempted but not passed. If an appeal for non-passing grades is approved by the School of Medicine, students may submit a Medical Student Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal which, if approved by the financial aid appeals committee, will allow them to receive financial aid, provided the terms of appeal approval are met upon review after each semester.

Maximum Time Frame
The standard length for medical programs is four years. Under certain circumstances medical students may appeal for a longer time frame for completion, up to a maximum of six years. If an appeal for a longer time frame is approved by the School of Medicine, students may submit a Medical Student Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal which, if approved by the financial aid appeals committee, will allow them to receive financial aid through the approved time frame, provided the terms of appeal approval are met upon review after each semester.

Qualitative


Medical students must receive passing grades in all attempted coursework. Passing grades for financial aid purposes are 'H' (honors), 'HP' (high pass), and 'P' (pass). Grades of 'I' (incomplete), 'W' (withdrawn), and 'F' (fail) are considered attempted but not passed. If an appeal for non-passing grades is approved by the School of Medicine, students may submit a Medical Student Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal which, if approved by the financial aid appeals committee, will allow them to receive financial aid, provided the terms of appeal approval are met upon review after each semester.

Enrollment Requirements and Information

Medical students are required to be enrolled full-time to receive financial aid.

Repeated Coursework

Medical students may be given an 'I' (incomplete) grade when, at the end of a course, assigned work is not complete or benchmarks for a passing grade are not achieved. Students who receive 'I' grades are not meeting satisfactory academic progress standards and lose eligibility for aid. To restore eligibility, a Medical Student Satisfactory Academic Progress must be submitted and approved by the financial aid appeals committee, or a passing grade must be earned.

100% Withdrawal from the University or Zero Credits Earned

If you completely withdraw or earn zero credits during a semester, you will be subject to the Return of Title IV Funds calculation. You may be required to pay back all or part of the financial aid disbursed.

Academic Renewal

UNR has an Academic Renewal policy through which a student can apply to have grades excluded from GPA, provided certain conditions are met.  There is no provision for "academic renewal" in which credits attempted and grades earned are excluded from your financial aid eligibility assessment.

Warning Semester

Medical students are not eligible for a warning semester. Once eligibility is lost, a Medical Student Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal must be submitted and approved by the financial aid appeals committee to restore eligibility.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals

Medical students with non-passing grades, or who have exceeded the maximum time frame limits, are not able to fix SAP issues, except in the case of 'I' (incomplete) grades where final grades are issued at a later time. While one or more 'I' grades remain, medical students are not eligible for aid unless a Medical Student Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal has been submitted and approved by the financial aid appeals committee.

The Medical Student Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form can be found online at http://www.unr.edu/financial-aid/forms-publications-and-policies/forms/general-formsAll appeals must be received three weeks prior to the end of the term in order to be considered for aid in the current semester.

In addition to submitting the Medical Student Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form, signed and dated, you must also submit the required documentation, as listed on the appeal form.   Examples of Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals that may be considered are:  

  • Death or serious illness of an immediate family member.
  • Prolonged hospitalization or confinement at home for reasons that resulted in required extended absences from classes.
  • A one-time emergency situation that impacted your ability to continue your education or affected your academic success for a short, specified period.
  • Situations for which you had no valid choice other than to interrupt your education.

Examples of Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals that WILL NOT be considered are:  

  • Lack of knowledge or understanding of the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
  • Medical appeals based on long-term or chronic conditions that were known and existed before financial aid was accepted and received.
  • Medical appeals for illness or hospitalization for dates that do not correspond to the semester(s) of sub-standard progress.
  • Any reason for which you have previously filed an appeal.
  • Discretionary decisions to withdraw from the University.

If your appeal is approved, you will be notified by email and shortly thereafter will be able to view your financial aid awards on MyNevada.

If your appeal is denied, you may submit additional documentation to amend your appeal. If your amended appeal is denied, and you feel there are circumstances not reflected in your supporting documentation, you may request an in-person appeal. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships at 775-784-4666 to schedule an in-person appeal.

Decisions made by the appeals committee are final and are not subject to further review. If your final appeal is denied, you will remain ineligible for financial aid.

Policy last revised October 10, 2017.

Students must maintain certain standards to maintain eligibility

Scholarships are primarily awarded based on merit from donor funds with specific criteria. Therefore, there are additional satisfactory progress standards for scholarships than those for financial aid. Scholarship recipients must meet both financial aid SAP and scholarship SAP in the vast majority of cases. Scholarship recipients should also refer to the standards below with regard to any scholarships offered.

General Eligibility: Scholarships are awarded to students who are admitted to degree-granting programs at the University of Nevada, Reno and continuing degree seeking students who completed the annual Graduate & Undergraduate scholarship application within MyNEVADA supplemental forms (available each October 1 with a priority deadline of February 1 and final deadline of May 31). Scholarships are primarily awarded based on alignment with donor criteria and academic merit, thus a high standard of academic performance is expected. Each recipient receives an award notification with the specific requirement of each scholarship. For multiple awards with differing requirements, adhering to the highest required standard is recommended.

Scholarship satisfactory progress reviews consider only coursework and grades completed at the University of Nevada, Reno with the exception of USAC and other formal study abroad programs offered through the University of Nevada, Reno. Coursework completed at another institution, with the study abroad exception noted above, does not count towards semester and academic year credit and GPA minimums.

Minimum Credit Requirements: Most scholarships require full time enrollment each semester. Students with less than full time enrollment remaining to complete degree requirements receive their University of Nevada, Reno scholarships in their final term as long as they are enrolled for a minimum of 6 university credits and applied for graduation prior to the end of add/drop (application for graduation two weeks prior to the start of the term is highly encouraged).  Awards requiring full time enrollment will be released with enrollment of six credits to graduate students with an assistantship for the semester so long as the grant-in-aid associated with the assistantship posted in MyNEVADA prior to the end of add/drop.

Courses must be "semester based" to be included in the credit load. Open enrollment courses are not eligible for aid. The scholarship minimum enrollment at any level is 6 credits per semester.  Students must enroll in classes that satisfy degree requirements to receive scholarships.  Students are highly encouraged to use the "My Planner" function within MyNEVADA.

Students Receiving One Year/Non-Renewing Scholarships: For all students receiving one year/non- renewing scholarships, satisfactory progress is checked at the end of the fall term. Regardless of class standing, to receive the spring portion of the award, undergraduate recipients must earn a minimum of a 2.0 University of Nevada, Reno GPA (3.0 GPA for graduate recipients) and a minimum of 6 university credits. If a student fails to achieve this standard, the spring (spring/summer) portion of the scholarship will be cancelled.

Students who have not earned a minimum 2.00 university GPA at the end of the spring term will be ineligible for University scholarships for the upcoming academic year.

Students receiving Multi-Year Scholarships: Satisfactory progress is checked at the end of each fall and spring term (also summer for undergraduate nursing students). Recipients must meet all requirements of the scholarship for the full duration of the award. Students will not be granted two consecutive semesters of probation. A term of probation is only granted if the recipient will be able to reach the minimum award standard by the end of the subsequent regular academic term. If this is not achieved, the scholarship will be cancelled.  If a degree program mandates full time summer enrollment (currently only Nursing includes this requirement), and you have remaining eligibility semesters on a multi year general scholarship such as the Presidential or National Merit scholarship, you are eligible to receive a semester of scholarship funding during the mandatory summer enrollment. In your final year of undergraduate study, if you are receiving a multi-year scholarship requiring enrollment in 15 UNR credits per semester but have over 18 and under 30 remaining degree applicable credits, please enter your course enrollment for each semester in the MyNEVADA My Planner tool and email michaun@unr.edu your planned degree applicable enrollment for each semester by August 1 (spring graduates) or January 1 (fall graduates).  Be sure to apply for graduation in MyNEVADA early (at least two weeks prior to the start of your final semester).

Scholarships requiring enrollment in 15 UNR credits: Twice in an academic career a student's academic advisor may submit to michaun@unr.edu (in the scholarship office of financial aid), on or before April 30, a summer 3 credit request on behalf of a student facing a particularly academically strenuous course load for the following fall term. This would allow a student to take 3 credits (course specified by advisor) the summer before the challenging fall and enroll in 12 credits during the fall term. For determining Fall scholarship SAP in these cases, the summer GPA for the specified course and Fall GPA as well as the units would be combined to determine compliance with award criteria.

Formal Leave of Absence: Students on a formal leave of absence are considered enrolled for retaining eligibility for multi-year awards. 

Documented Disability: Each semester prior to the end of add/drop students with scholarships and a documented disability need to work with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to establish a reduced credit load to reflect their individually assessed full time enrollment. Students with a full time equivalent course load of 6 UNR credits or more for the semester will be considered to meet the minimum enrollment requirement of any University or External organization scholarship.  Separate documentation is required for the State of Nevada Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship.

Title IX related enrollment adjustments: Students who have enrollment adjusted to 6 UNR credits or more in a semester as part of a Title IX interim measure and/or remedy will be considered to meet the minimum enrollment requirement of any University or External organization scholarship. 

Undergraduate Credit Limitations: Due to limitations on funding, general scholarships are available for the next full academic year to eligible students who have attempted less than 111 credits at the end of each spring semester. Students who will have attempted 111 - 130 credits at the end of the spring semester are only eligible for scholarships in fall. Students who have attempted 131 credits or more or who are attempting a second baccalaureate degree are not eligible for general scholarships. Annual scholarships awarded by departments or colleges are limited to students who have attempted less than 166 credits at the end of the spring semester prior to the award. First baccalaureate students who will have attempted 166-179 credits at the end of the spring semester are eligible for fall only awards. Second baccalaureate students are eligible for departmental awards (with attempted credit limits noted above applied to those units attempted after the first degree was earned).

Graduate Credit Limitations: Due to limited funding, scholarships are available to students who have attempted fewer than 150% of the minimum degree requirement.  Generally, this is less than 45 graduate level credits for Masters candidates, 90 graduate level credits for terminal degree masters programs and 108 graduate level credits for Ph.D. candidates. In most cases, 150% of the minimum degree requirement results in a maximum credit limit of 12 thesis and 36 dissertation credits for scholarship awards.

Dual Enrollment: Certain majors at the University of Nevada, Reno require coursework that is not taught on this campus. Students in these majors who will be part time at the university because they are taking these courses at another campus must submit a dual enrollment agreement to the Scholarship Office before their scholarship funds can be released. A new agreement must be submitted for each term the student will be dually enrolled. Agreements will be approved only for coursework that is not offered on this campus.

Changes of Major: Some scholarships require majors in a particular field or in one of several fields. A change of major to one that is not permitted in the award criteria results in the immediate cancellation of the award. Some cancellations may require repayment.

Dropping Credits: If a student receives their scholarship and then drops enough credits to change their enrollment to part-time during a refund period, the award will be pulled back from their account and returned to the scholarship program. Students will be billed for any new outstanding balance. Dropping credits after a refund period will create a credit deficiency and may jeopardize future receipt of the award.

Repeat Courses: Repeating a course for which credit was already earned in a previous semester will not count towards the minimum credit requirement for scholarships. Students must enroll in additional credits to offset the repeated credits.

Grade changes: Grade changes made during the semester following the original grade posting will be considered in assessing scholarship SAP only when the student notifies the scholarship office of the change during that term.

Studies Abroad: Students participating in USAC or other University Exchange/Cooperative Agreements are eligible to retain their financial aid and scholarships as long as a financial aid budget revision for USAC participants or contractual agreement for Exchange/Cooperative Agreement participants is completed prior to the start of the regular university term of study. This agreement will adjust your anticipated cost of attendance for the period you are abroad which will allow you to maximize your aid funding.

Satisfactory Progress Probation and Cancellation Notification: Satisfactory progress is checked at the end of each fall and spring term for students receiving scholarships. As a courtesy, notifications will be sent to those who have not met the award’s minimum requirements. However, due to time constraints between terms, some notifications may not arrive in time to allow recipients to remedy deficiencies or make other arrangements for payment. Recipients are responsible for monitoring their own progress and knowing the award criteria for each of their scholarships. A student who receives a notice that they are on scholarship probation has one semester with funding to cure the deficiency if it relates to grades or credits.  If you need to apply for a formal leave of absence please go to undergraduate leave of absence.

Award Cancellations: Cancellation of scholarships occurs each semester in the following circumstances: students did not earn the required minimum GPA and/or credits and the shortfall is not possible to correct within one semester; a change of major occurred to a field not allowed under the donor’s award criteria; the student is not meeting the scholarship minimum enrollment requirement and/or satisfactory academic progress prior to the end of add/drop for the semester; or the donor has permanently ceased funding the award regardless of the institution’s policies.  Students who, upon request, do not provide a thank you note for a scholarship donor may have future semesters of the award cancelled.

Appeals: If issues or events arise that are beyond the student's control and have resulted in credit or GPA deficiencies on multi-year scholarship awards, please complete the Scholarship Appeal Form.  The appeal may also be completed prior to February 1 annually for maximum credit issues.

The Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship: The academic requirements for the Millennium Scholarship are contained in the “Acknowledgement of Award” mailed by the Millennium Scholarship Office of the State Treasurer and are not appealable.

Policy last revised November 1, 2017.

To be eligible for private and/or alternative loans, you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards for Alternative loans. The Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships has established guidelines for evaluating your progress, taking into consideration your GPA from the last two semesters of enrollment at the University of Nevada and the number of credits you have attempted and completed during the last two semesters of enrollment at the University of Nevada. The SAP standards for Alternative Loans are separate from academic standards for federal aid, state aid, and any scholarships.

Pace Requirement

Pace is based on University of Nevada, Reno enrollment only and does not include enrollment transferred from other institutions. A student must earn (complete with a passing grade) 50% of all attempted (enrolled) credits during the last 2 semesters of enrollment at the University in order to meet the pace requirement. Pace is calculated as: (number of credits earned during last 2 semesters ÷ number of credits attempted during last 2 semesters) × 100.

Courses that are assigned a grade of "A" through "D", "X" and "S" are included as both credits earned and credits attempted. Course assigned grades of "I", "W", "F", "AD", "NR", "R", and "U" are not included as credits earned, but are included as credits attempted.

For example: A University of Nevada student has attempted 24 credits during the last 2 semesters of enrollment. Out of those credits, this student has passed 20 credits. (20 ÷ 24) × 100 = 83.3%, so this student is meeting the minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress standard for Alternative Loans. But say this student has only passed 9 credits. In that case, this student would not be meeting the standard, because (9 ÷ 24) × 100 = 37.5%, which is less than the required 50%.

Minimum University Grade Point Average (GPA) to be Maintained

The GPA is based on grades earned at the University of Nevada and does not include grades transferred from another institution. All students are required to maintain a 1.0 or better University of Nevada cumulative GPA.

Be aware that a grade of "S”, "U", or “W” will have no effect on GPA.

For example: A University of Nevada student has attempted 24 credits. Out of those credits, this student has completed 20 credits. This student has completed 83.3% of coursework attempted ((20 ÷ 24) × 100 = 83.3%), but has a 0.98 GPA. This student is not meeting the minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for Alternative Loans because s/he has not maintained a 1.0 GPA.

Are There Any Second Chances?

If your University of Nevada GPA has fallen below the required level for Alternative Loans, you have two options. You may 1) continue attending without the benefit of Alternative Loans until such time as the GPA and/or pace issues are resolved and you meet the standards for alternative loan eligibility or 2) submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal. If you are appealing for alternative loan funding only, please indicate so on the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal.

Financial Aid SAP Appeal Process for Alternative Loans

If you have a GPA issue, pace deficiency or have reached your maximum time frame, you may submit the appropriate SAP Appeal Form with documentation.

  • For pace and/or GPA issues, you will need to complete and submit the SAP Appeal form, with the required supporting documents, by the appropriate deadline. Your written narrative must be typed, signed and complete. You must include the reason you failed to make Satisfactory Academic Progress, as well as the steps you are taking to ensure that you will make Satisfactory Academic Progress in the future. This is an opportunity for you to include any letters of support from professors, physicians, or other professionals familiar with your case.
  • Depending on the volume of appeals submitted, you can anticipate a decision from the Financial Aid Appeals Committee within 1 - 3 weeks. If your appeal is approved you will receive a notification and shortly thereafter will be able to view your financial aid awards on MyNEVADA.
  • If your appeal is in a "pending" status due to your need to provide additional information or documentation, you have 60 days to provide that information to the Financial Aid Office. After 60 days your appeal will be canceled; if after that date you can provide the requested information you may re-submit your appeal.
  • If your appeal is approved you will be considered on "Probation" for one semester or, if you are placed on an academic plan, until that plan expires.
  • If your appeal is denied, the letter will include the criteria you must meet in order to receive financial aid in the future, as well as other possible funding sources.
  • After that time, if you feel there are circumstances that are not reflected in your supporting documentation you may amend your appeal. If your amended appeal is denied, you may request an in-person appeal before the SAP Appeals Committee. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at (775) 784-4666 to schedule an in-person appeal. You are not eligible for an in-person appeal until you have submitted a paper appeal.
  • The SAP Appeals Committee decisions are final and are not subject to further review.

Policy last revised October 10, 2017.