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Undergraduate-Complete SAP Policy

Undergraduate Students

An undergraduate student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average upon review of satisfactory academic progress. The required minimum cumulative institutional grade point average is:

Number of Credits Completed Cumulative GPA minimum
0 - 32 1.80
33 or more 2.00

Pace: Students must successfully complete 67% of UI credits attempted each term to maintain satisfactory progress toward a degree. Pace is evaluated after each year and is measured against the cumulative number of courses attempted. In light of this, many students will be required to complete an Academic Plan if the number of completed credits is insufficient for a student to meet the 67% Pace rule. For example, see Summary table 1 as an illustration of the pace requirement:

Summary Table 1 – First Academic Year – Student Withdraws Fall Semester

Semester Fall Spring
Attempted credits 12 12
Completed credits 0 12
Completion rate 0% 100.0%
cumulative attempted 12 24
cumulative completed 0 12
Completion rate 0% 50%

Pace: After the first year, this student has completed only 50% of the courses attempted and is placed on financial aid probation (suspension). To get back on pace to meet the 67% Pace rule for UI, this student would need an Academic Plan that followed the course load as outlined below to regain financial aid eligibility. As you can see, if a student gets behind on the 67% Pace rule, it can take more than a semester to get the total number of completed credits back up to the point where they regain good standing for the pace requirement of 67%. See Table 2 below.

Summary Table 2 – Example 1 – Second Year

Semester Fall
Attempted credits 12
Completed credits 12
Completion rate 100%
cumulative attempted 36
cumulative completed 24
Completion rate 67% (66.66%)

*Student has regained Satisfactory Academic Progress by completing 67% of cumulative attempted courses.

As illustrated above, the minimum number of courses this student would have to attempt and pass the next term is 12 credits. If this student failed to complete 100% of the courses attempted after the initial suspension, then an additional term or terms would be needed to get back on pace and regain financial aid eligibility. In this scenario, the student would be required to submit an Academic Plan, detailing the number of courses needed each term to get back on pace for her/his degree. In addition to pace, the qualitative requirement of maintaining a GPA minimum applies as well as shown in Section 1 of this policy.

All attempted credits for the summer, fall, and spring semesters will be combined and the required number to be successfully completed must maintain a pace completion rate of 67%. Any transfer credits from Study Abroad, National Student Exchange or any other outside courses are also evaluated to ensure they are accepted toward a student’s degree requirements.

*(F’s, zero credits, repeats (E), audits (A), withdrawals (W/WU), No-passing (NP) are not included in the earned hours) Remedial courses are not included in a student’s pace calculation.

Successful completion is defined as receiving earned credit as defined by the UI Academic Policy. For students receiving federal financial aid, attempted credits will be defined as the number of credits enrolled for as of the tenth day after the start of each term. This date is the UI census date for financial aid evaluation purposes. For students not receiving federal financial aid, attempted credits will be defined as attempted hours recorded at the end of the semester in the Registrar’s system.

A student is allowed to have attempted up to 150% of the required credits for a degree. Attempted credit hours are defined as the number of attempted credits in the Registrar’s system, or the number of earned credits, whichever is higher. The total number of credit hours required to obtain a Bachelor’s degree will vary from one program to another. While most will require 120 credits, a student will be allowed 150% of the minimum credit hours required for a total of 180 credits. Other Bachelor degree programs require 128 credits, with a maximum attempted credit hour limitation of 192 credits. Once a student reaches the 150% mark for their specific program, they will no longer be making satisfactory academic progress. For students in the Bachelor of Architecture program, they will be allowed 150% of the 173 credits required for the five-year degree, for a total of 260 credits. Students working on a second bachelor’s degree will be allowed (for most students) a total of 260 undergraduate credits. Hours may vary depending on the programs of study and whether UI or non UI credits were earned.