Satisfactory Academic Progress

Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal financial aid funds are awarded with the understanding that students will make progress toward their chosen degree. Central State University, as directed by the U.S. Department of Education, has established Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress that students must meet in order to receive Title IV student aid. Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress apply to the following types of federal financial aid: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Work‐Study, Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Graduate PLUS Loan, and Federal Parent PLUS Loan.

A student's Satisfactory Academic Progress is determined by two important measures, qualitative and pace.


Qualitative Measure

is based on a student's Grade Point Average (GPA). As a student, you will know if you are meeting SAP requirements based on your cumulative GPA and the quality hours you have attempted.



which is a quantitative measure, is based on a student's course completion rate. The maximum time frame for a student to complete the educational objective at Central State University is 150% of the published length of the educational program. In other words, a student typically has six years to complete a four year degree. However, consideration is given to the student’s enrollment status i.e. part‐time
and full‐time.You must successfully complete at least two‐thirds (67%) of your total cumulative credit hours attempted.

Please read the SAP Policy for more information on how SAP is determined.