Satisfactory Progress Standards

Effective Date Oct 25, 2017

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Recipients

All Students

The academic records of all students admitted to Florida Tech for the first time will be considered sufficient to allow them to apply for financial aid. To remain eligible to receive financial aid, continuing students must meet the following satisfactory academic progress standards instituted by the university in accordance with federal law. Florida Tech applies standards equally between undergraduate and graduate students, in all academic programs.

Students are usually enrolled in a semester based program, or an 8-week term based program. All students who enroll in a semester-based program are evaluated for SAP at the end of each semester. Students enrolled on a semester-basis who concurrently enroll in an 8-week, Florida Tech Online course will be evaluated on a semester-basis. Students evaluated on a semester basis are given a probationary semester to improve their academic performance. Eight-week-term students are evaluated once per year and must appeal to be given a probationary term.

Students declared ineligible may appeal the decision under certain circumstances. If the appeal is approved, the student may continue to receive financial aid during probationary standing.

Minimum Academic Progress Measures

Grade point average (GPA): Undergraduate students are expected to achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Graduate students are expected to achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. PhD students are expected to achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. This GPA is calculated in accordance with the guidelines contained in the University Catalog. Courses taken under a pass/no credit grading option are not included in the GPA calculation, and are therefore not included as part of the GPA measure of satisfactory academic progress.

Hours completed: All students are expected to satisfactorily complete 75 percent of their cumulative attempted coursework. Courses with grades of F, I, AU or W, or were taken for no credit under a pass/no credit option, are attempted courses but are not satisfactorily completed for the semester or term.

Maximum time limits: Maximum time limits: All students are expected to complete their degree program within 150 percent of the required credit hours. Courses taken for no credit under a pass/no credit option are still attempted credit hours, and will count towards maximum time limit standards.

  • Undergraduate programs generally require 120 credit hours, and students are expected to complete their degree within 180 credit hours attempted, including transfer credits earned at other institutions. 
  • Graduate program requirements vary from 36-54 credit hours and may require perquisite coursework.  Students are generally expected to complete their graduate program within 80 credit hours, including prerequisite requirements.
  • PhD programs generally require 80 credit hours and students are required to complete their program within 120 attempted credit hours, including transfer hours.  An exception is made for doctoral students enrolled in the clinical psychology program, where 160 credit hours are allowed to complete the program minimum of 108 credit hours.


Appeals to financial aid decisions may be made under certain circumstances. These circumstances may include sudden, severe, illness; serious automobile or other accident; family tragedy or loss of a loved one; or another circumstance not listed here. It is the student’s responsibility to provide details with dates, forms or other paperwork, or any other information requested by the Office of Financial Aid in order to review the appeal.

A successful appeal is dependent on a number of factors:  mitigating circumstances that caused academic performance to fall below the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress; the successful resolution of those mitigating circumstances so that they will no longer affect academic performance; the potential to meet the minimum academic progress measures within one academic year; and proper appeal documentation.  Proper documentation includes the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form and any third party documentation corroborating the mitigating circumstance described in the appeal.

Once the appeal is reviewed, the student is informed of the decision through their Florida Tech email account. Any approved appeal will necessitate the student adhering to a prescribed program plan during the probationary period. A student who declines to accept the prescribed academic plan and is in good academic standing may continue without financial aid.

Students are assessed at the end of each term while in probationary standing and are removed from probationary standing when the minimum academic progress standards for financial aid recipients listed above are met.