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Satisfactory Academic Progress

Keeping up with your coursework is critical to success at Rose‑Hulman and a condition of financial aid. Here are the requirements for maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress.

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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to describe your successful completion of coursework toward your Rose-Hulman degree. To maintain SAP, you must:

Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) – The minimum for undergraduates/graduates is based upon the academic level and ranges from a 1.8 at the end of the freshman year to a 2.0 by the end of the other years. (GPA requirements for scholarships may be higher). The GPA will be reviewed annually, after the posting Spring term grades and the overall GPA must be equal to or greater than the required minimum for the student’s academic level at the end of each Spring term.

Complete at least 67 percent of all attempted credit hours

This will be reviewed annually at the end of each spring term and the aggregate percentage of coursework attempted and passed must equal 67 percent or greater at each review. (For example, an undergraduate student enrolled for 12 credit hours and completing only 9 credit hours has completed an acceptable percentage of attempted credit hours, 67 percent or greater.)

Complete a degree program in a maximum time frame of no more than 150 percent of the average length of a program

For example, the average number of credit hours it should take to complete an Engineering undergraduate/graduate degree program is 194 credits. Using that average, 291 credit hours would equal 150 percent and would be the maximum number of credit hours for which an RHIT student could receive financial aid from federal sources, assuming the above requirement also met. The 150 percent standard applies to graduate students based on average program length as defined by a student’s academic studies. 

For transfer students:

The number of transfer hours accepted at the point of admission will be used to calculate the student’s remaining eligibility under the 150 percent calculation and will be included in the quantitative calculation which includes the number of credits attempted and completed.

SAP monitoring
At the end of each spring term, students who have not met one or more of the requirements listed above (for all terms enrolled, not just those terms for which the student received aid) will be notified in writing that their aid eligibility has been terminated. These students lose eligibility for financial aid.

SAP Appeals
A student may appeal the termination of aid eligibility if extenuating circumstances existed that prevented normal academic success of successful completion of the terms of SAP. To appeal, the student must complete the SAP Appeal Form, which allows the student to explain and document extenuating circumstance and develop an Academic Plan in consultation with an academic advisor.

SAP financial aid probation
Financial aid probation means you have one year (or as specified by the Academic Plan) to meet SAP requirements in order to remain eligible for financial aid. You will be asked to sign an Academic Plan that will explain the terms and requirements of your probation. Students on SAP financial aid probation will be monitored for improvement and adherence to probationary terms listed on the Academic Plan. While on probation, an undergraduate student is expected to complete all courses for which he/she is registered with a GPA list on the Academic Plan. Students on probation must also follow the terms of their Academic Plan. Students continue to receive aid while on the financial aid probation. Students who fail to adhere to the terms of financial aid probation are not eligible for aid in any subsequent terms unless a written notification is approved.
A student will be removed from SAP financial aid probation once successfully completing the Academic Plan, as demonstrated by obtaining a GPA consistent with the minimum requirement and completing an aggregate percentage of 67 percent or more of all attempted credit hours.

Grades, enrollment/withdrawal, and repeated classes
GRADES: Only courses for which the student receives a grade of A, B+, B, C+, C, D+, and D are acceptable. A grade of F, W, U, I, N and AU is not acceptable. Students who fail to complete at least 67 percent of attempted credit hours because of incomplete grades or who withdraw from all classes will have their financial aid terminated. A student may receive financial assistance for a course that was repeated and for which a non-passing grade was received. 

REPEATED CLASSES: Rose-Hulman will allow students who receive a passing grade to repeat a class one time. A failed class can be repeated, if a prior class was failed.
Important Note: Non-credit classes are not eligible for financial aid.

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