Maintaining Eligibility

SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP)

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid purposes measures a student’s progress relative to their length of enrollment. UCLA Financial Aid and Scholarships has revised the Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress in accordance with new federal regulations. UCLA Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress measures a student’s progress toward degree completion using both qualitative (GPA) and quantitative (units completed compared to units attempted) methods. To be eligible for financial aid at UCLA, students must meet or exceed these standards. The standards apply to all college coursework taken, regardless of whether financial aid was received or not, including coursework transferred from another institution. Academic progress is reviewed annually after winter quarter grades are available. Units attempted are measured on the census date, which is the end of third week each quarter. Students who fail to meet the Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress will have their financial aid eligibility suspended. For more information, please refer to the Guide to Satisfactory Academic Progress which can be found on our publications page.

QUARTERLY UNIT REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements, you must also adhere to the quarterly unit requirements. UCLA Financial Aid and Scholarships checks your units on the census date at the end of the third week of classes. Enrollment below half-time on that date will result in cancellation of your aid and billing for funds received. Half-time enrollment for an undergraduate student is 6 units. Some undergraduate awards (Federal Pell Grant, Cal Grant, Blue and Gold Opportunity Grant and University Grants) require enrollment in 12 units to maintain maximum eligibility. Enrollment below 12 units on the census date will result in reduction of and billing for these awards. Federal Grants will not be reinstated if your unit count increases after the census date. State and University Grants can be reinstated on appeal once we can verify units completed for the term. 

WITHDRAWALS

If you receive financial aid and subsequently do not enroll in the University or enroll and then withdraw, you may be required to return financial aid funds received. The calculation of Return of Title IV funds received is based on published schedules and the date you withdraw (officially or unofficially), cancel your registration or drop all your classes. Title IV funds include Federal Pell Grant, SEOG, Work-Study and Federal Loans. Grants funded from University sources (ex: University Grant, Blue and Gold Opportunity Award, Scholarship Recognition Award, etc.) will also be subject to reduction and billing, if you withdraw. The calculation of return of grant aid is based on published schedules and the date you withdraw, cancel your registration or drop all your classes. Information regarding withdrawal calculations is available in our Guide to the Return of Title IV Funds on our publications page.

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