Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal regulations require that a student attending an educational institution maintain satisfactory progress in the degree program he/she is pursuing in order to receive federal financial assistance. The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that limited federal financial assistance is disbursed only to those students sincere about pursuing and obtaining their educational objectives.

In order to comply with these regulations, the University of Nebraska at Omaha has established the following standards of satisfactory academic progress. All continuing and former students who apply for financial aid must meet these standards before federal assistance can be authorized. Entering freshman and transfer students may receive financial aid for their first semester of UNO course work without meeting these standards.

The standards for continuing and former students will be checked following the completion of each spring semester.


  • A student must successfully complete (“D” grade or higher) at least two-thirds the total credit hours for which he/she has registered at UNO. Grades of Failing (F); No-Credit Failing (NC); Unsatisfactory Failing (U); Incomplete (I); Withdrew (W and WX); and Audit (AU), are considered unsuccessful completion of credit hours.
  • A student must be in “good academic standing” at UNO at the completion of the Spring semester. This is defined as having an earned cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
  • A student pursuing an undergraduate degree program may not receive further financial aid if more than 188 undergraduate credit hours have been attempted. A student pursuing a graduate degree may not receive financial aid if more than 55 hours have been attempted. A student pursuing a doctoral degree may not receive financial aid if more than 110 hours have been attempted.

Reinstatement of Eligibility

Failure to meet any of the standards will cause the student’s financial aid record to be “flagged” for review, and the student must submit a written appeal to request that he/she be permitted to continue receiving assistance.

  • The appeal must be typed or written clearly, and submitted to the associate director of financial aid.
  • The appeal must provide a full explanation why all standards were not originally met, and how the student will ensure that the standards will be met in the future, should his/her eligibility for continued federal assistance be restored.
  • The appeal should explain any special or extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control that may have prevented all standards from originally being met. Supporting documentation from a physician, counselor, academic adviser or faculty member may be included with the written appeal, but is not required.

The student will be notified by mail whether or not the appeal has been approved. An appeal denied by the associate director of financial aid may, at the student’s request, be forwarded to the director for review. The director’s decision will be final.

The University of Nebraska and its campuses have promulgated various policies, regulations, statements of purpose and operation, while adhering to the principles deemed necessary for functioning as institutions of higher education. The University of Nebraska at Omaha, with the counsel and advice of students, faculty and staff, has identified and compiled what are thought to be some of the most basic and important statements of policy especially as they relate to students.

To create greater awareness among and for convenience to students, a number of basic policies have been compiled into a Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities. While most, but not necessarily all, policies pertaining to students’ rights and responsibilities are contained herein, students are urged to become familiar with all documents pertinent to the University of Nebraska in general and to UNO in particular.

For more information…

Office of Financial Aid

Eppley Administration Building, Room 103

Omaha, NE, 68182