Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal regulations require that Kent State University review the academic progress of students who apply for federal financial aid. The purpose of this review is to measure whether a student is making satisfactory progress towards his or her educational goals.

To be eligible for federal student aid funds, a student must make reasonable satisfactory academic progress toward the attainment of a degree or certificate program. The criteria are GPA, percent completion and maximum time frame (each are explained below). This policy is specific to federal regulations regarding financial aid. This policy does not prevent enrollment, but does prevent the awarding of federal financial aid.

View the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (PDF)

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) will be evaluated at the end of the spring semester or at the time the student applies for federal assistance (completes the FAFSA). Evaluation of SAP occurs annually for all programs except programs that take one year or less to complete. Students enrolled in programs that take one year or less to complete are evaluated for SAP after every payment period (semester).

Students can view their Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Calculation by following these steps:

  1. Log into FlashLine
  2. Click Student tab in left column
  3. Under Finances, click Scholarships & Financial Aid
  4. Choose Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Calculation

This Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Calculation displays a student's Financial Aid GPA, SAP Financial Aid Completion and SAP Maximum Time Frame values.  Please note the SAP earned hours value.  SAP earned hours is used to determine percent completion standard.