Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and Maximum Timeframe Standards effective July 2018

Undergraduate, Graduate and Veterinary Medicine

  • SAP (Qualitative, Quantitative and Maximum Timeframe) is annually evaluated in July.

Professional Schools

Students attending the Schools of Law, Health, or University Extension are covered by criteria established by their respective schools.

SAP Standards Minimum Requirement
Qualitative (GPA)

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) as indicated below:

  • Undergraduate: 2.0
  • Graduate: 3.0
  • Veterinary Medicine: 2.0
Quantitative (Pace)
  • Students must complete a minimum of 67% of cumulative attempted coursework/units for their program.
Maximum Timeframe Units attempted may not exceed 150% of the published length of your program (see Maximum Timeframe chart below).

Maximum Timeframe for Financial Aid Purposes:

Regardless whether or not a student has met their maximum timeframe, students are not eligible for additional financial aid funds beyond completion of their degree requirements.

Degree Program Maximum Timeframe Attempted (150%) * 
Undergraduate 270 units
Second Baccalaureate** 270 units (including undergraduate terms)
Masters 216 units
Doctorate 500 units
Doctorate of Educational Leadership-CANDEL 162 units
Teaching Credential 99 units
Graduate School of Management 108 units
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine 356 units
Masters of Preventative Veterinary Medicine 75 units
Masters of Forensic Science 81 units
Masters of Maternal and Child Nutrition 54 units
Masters of Professional Accountancy 72 units

* Degree programs and lengths vary. See the General Catalog or contact your Department for the exact length of your program.

** For students considering a Second Baccalaureate, refer to admissions for application and eligibility requirements.

Pursuit of a Double Major or Minor

In general, students who pursue multiple majors or minors will not have additional financial aid eligibility beyond the Maximum Timeframe established in this policy. 

Successful Completion of Units

To successfully complete units, you must receive a grade of A, B, C, D, or P (S for graduate students) in a course.  Grades of F, I, NP (U for graduate students), and NG do not count as successful completion of coursework attempted.

Coursework Considered Attempted/Completed Units and Count Toward GPA?

These units do not count as units attempted, however they could affect degree progress towards Maximum Timeframe.

Remedial Coursework

Remedial coursework do not count as units completed.

AP/Repeat/Transfer Coursework

AP units, repeated units and transfer coursework are treated in accordance with the University's academic policy as outlined in the General Catalog. If the Office of the University Registrar counts these as completed units, this will count equally for SAP.

Summer Session(s)

For SAP, all coursework completed in summer sessions after matriculation count as units completed and toward cumulative GPA for the upcoming academic year: for example, Summer 2018 completed coursework counts towards 2018-2019 SAP.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards prior to 2018-2019