Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal regulations require a student to maintain satisfactory academic progress in the course of study he/she is pursuing in order to receive federal financial assistance. The Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy standards are applied consistently within all institutionally-defined categories of students (undergraduate, master’s and doctoral level students) and enrollment levels (full-time and part-time), regardless of whether the student previously received financial aid. 

In order to comply with these regulations, the University of Nebraska at Omaha has established the following Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements

Satisfactory Academic Progress standards are reviewed annually after the final posting of Spring semester grades and apply to a student’s entire academic record.  Students returning to UNO following a withdrawal or dismissal will be evaluated upon receipt of the electronic Student Aid Report. To maintain eligibility you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Grade Point Average (GPA) Standard You must be in “good academic standing” at UNO.  For undergraduates, this is defined as having an earned UNO cumulative GPA of at least 2.00.  For graduate students, this is defined as having an earned UNO cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.
  2. Pace of Progression You must have successfully completed (“D” grade or higher) at least 67% of the total credit hours for which you have attempted at UNO, plus any transfer hours accepted from other schools, upon completion of the Spring semester.

    Grades of Failing (F); No-Credit (NC); No Report (NR), Unsatisfactory (U); Incomplete (I); In Progress (IP); Audit (AU); and Withdraw (W); are considered unsuccessful completion of credit hours attempted.  A grade of Failing (F) is used in calculating grade point averages.

  3. Maximum Time to Degree Completion Undergraduate student must complete degree requirements within 180 attempted credit hours, Graduate students must complete degree requirements within 70 credit hours at the graduate level and Doctoral students must complete degree requirements within 125 credit hours

Attempted hours include both hours attempted at UNO and any transfer hours accepted from other schools you have attended.  All credit hours for repeated courses will be included in the attempted hours calculation.  Also, if the number of credit hours you still need to graduate, in addition to the number of hours you have already attempted exceeds the maximum attempted hour total above, your aid eligibility will be cancelled.

A course retaken beyond the first retake of a previously passed course cannot be included in the credit hour total when determining the total number of hours for disbursement of aid.  “W” grades are not considered in this retake calculation, even though they are considered in the completion rate calculation in #2 above. 

Reinstatement of Eligibility

Students who do not meet one or more of the SAP standards are no longer eligible to receive federal student aid and will be notified by email.  Financial aid programs include, but are not limited to, all federal grants, loans and work-study, state grants, and most University of Nebraska at Omaha need-based grants and scholarships.

If you have incurred circumstances such as a death of a close family member, serious illness or injury to yourself, or other serious extenuating circumstances that you feel have significantly contributed to your academic situation, you may appeal the Grade Point Average Standard or Pace of Progression.  Appeals will not be allowed for maximum credit hour issues or multiple retake issues.

Appeal Procedures:

1.      Appeals must be typed and submitted to the UNO Office of Financial Support and Scholarships using the UNO SAP Appeal Form. The appeal should be submitted within 30 days of the SAP email notification. The appeal form is available at


2.     The appeal must provide a full explanation of why the standards were not originally met, and what changes students have made to ensure all SAP standards will be met in future semesters. Supporting documentation may be supplied with their appeal submission.


3.       No more than three appeals will be allowed per student per entire academic career at UNO.


Possible Appeal Outcomes:

1.    Appeal Denied: If your appeal is denied, you will receive an email notification as to what steps they can take, if any, to regain aid eligibility.


2.   SAP Probation: Financial aid eligibility is reinstated for one semester only, with the expectation that all SAP standards will be met after that semester. Upon review, if all SAP standards are not being met in this timeframe, students will then become ineligible for aid.


3.   SAP Academic Plan: In cases where an appeal is approved, but it is not possible to meet all SAP standards in one semester, you will be prescribed an individualized academic plan. You will remain aid eligible as long as they continue to meet the plan. If you cease to meet the plan criteria before they meet the minimum SAP standards, you will then become ineligible for aid. 




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 Support and Scholarships

Eppley Administration Building, Room 103

Omaha, NE, 68182