Financial Aid

Satisfactory Academic Progress

In accordance with Title IV, Financial Aid regulation 34 CFR 668.16(e), the University of Massachusetts Lowell monitors the academic progress of all Title IV financial aid applicants.  This policy also extends to university and state financial aid awards. Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is reviewed on a yearly basis at the end of the spring semester grading period. All financial aid applicants will be reviewed using a quantitative measure (percentage of coursework completed) and a qualitative measure (cumulative grade point average), in accordance with federal regulations.  Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0, and earn the necessary credits hours to reach graduation with in six years (150% of published length of undergraduate program).

A student failing to meet the established guidelines will at minimum receive a probationary notice. If a student does not meet the academic standards defined by the financial aid office, the student may become ineligible to receive federal, state and institutional funding.  A student has a right to appeal that decision. To appeal, a student must send a written letter to the Financial Aid Office stating the reason for the appeal. To regain financial aid eligibility, a student must achieve acceptable status or have the appeal granted in writing by a financial aid counselor. Please contact the financial aid office for more information.