Satisfactory Progress

Satisfactory Progress

Satisfactory progress is the minimum progress required toward the completion of a degree and must be maintained to receive federal and institutional financial aid (grants, loans, and work-study) as well as some Private Educational Alternative Loans.  Satisfactory progress is evaluated using both quantitative (percentage of credits earned) as well as a qualitative (cumulative grade point average) measure.  Standards for PHEAA State Grant satisfactory progress differ.  More information regarding this can be found in the Grants section of this publication.

Guidelines to Maintain Satisfactory Progress:
  • In order to meet the quantitative measure of satisfactory progress, students must be earning 2/3 of all credits attempted. This measure is cumulative and includes all credits attempted at BU.  Transfer credits accepted by Bloomsburg University will count as both credits attempted and credits earned.  The maximum time frame for completion of the degree is discussed later in this section.
  • Students must be meeting the qualitative provision for satisfactory progress by maintaining the Quality Point Average (QPA) standards contained in Bloomsburg University Policies.  For an undergraduate student to be in academic good standing a student must possess a 2.00 or higher cumulative quality point average.  Any student with a cumulative quality point average below 2.00 is on academic probation.  Students on academic probation may receive federal aid if the student is meeting the quantitative standard of satisfactory progress and Bloomsburg University's escalating QPA measure.  Students who are on academic probation have twelve months to obtain academic good standing provided they make progress toward academic good standing at the conclusion of the first fall or spring probationary grading period (possess a higher cumulative quality point average than the cumulative quality point average that placed them on probation initially).  Students who are on academic probation due to low cumulative grade point average who also fail to make progress towards academic good standing after one grading period or fail to achieve academic good standing after twelve months are excluded from registration and their academic records are marked "academic dismissal".  Unless reinstated by the Academic Review Board, students under academic dismissal are ineligible to attend any courses in any capacity offered by the university for a period of a least one calendar year.  At the conclusion of this period of separation, they are eligible to seek readmission.  Graduate student qualitative measures are contained in Bloomsburg University Policy 3665 (Graduate Academic Progress, Probation, and Dismissal).
  • An incomplete grade, a failing grade, or withdrawal from a course will count as zero credits earned.  Course repeat grades will only be counted toward the minimum satisfactory progress standard if credits were actually earned.  A repeat of any passing grade will not be counted as credits earned in two different semesters.  However it will be counted as credits attempted for each session in which the course was taken.  Credit will only be awarded during the semester in which the grade was first earned.  Federal regulations will permit payment of federal aid for only the first repeat of a previously passed course.  Subsequent repeats may result in a reduction of your finanical aid.
  • Students are urged to review the withdrawal and repeat policies stated in the Bloomsburg University Catalog.  Exceeding the maximum number of allowable repeats and/or withdrawals will adversely affect the student’s ability to meet satisfactory progress standards for financial aid purposes.  Prior to withdrawal from a course, students should contact the Office of Financial Aid to determine what implications this may cause to current and future financial aid eligibility.
Maximum Time Frame for Completion of Degree:
  • Full-time undergraduate students requiring 120 credits for degree completion are required to complete this degree within 180 attempted credits.  All transfer credits will count as credits attempted for this purpose.
  • Graduate students maximum time frames will vary by degree completion requirements.  The maximum standard will be set at 150 percent of the minimum number of credits needed to complete the graduate degree.


Students enrolled in a non-degree program must also meet these satisfactory progress standards to obtain financial aid in subsequent semesters.

Students who are academically eligible to continue their enrollment, but do not meet the satisfactory progress guidelines, may attend classes at their own expense until they are eligible to receive financial aid.  Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss possible ways to regain satisfactory progress as well as options that do not require satisfactory progress.

The Office of Financial Aid will assess satisfactory progress in yearly increments after the spring semester.

Any student whose financial aid has been cancelled because of unsatisfactory progress may appeal this decision in writing to the Director of Financial Aid using the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form.  If extenuating circumstances exist and an appeal is successful, students may be granted additional probationary semesters of financial aid.  Students granted a probationary semester of financial aid will have their progress reviewed at the next regularly scheduled evaluation period or if an academic plan is utilized for an individual, evaluation will be in accordance with the terms of the academic plan.