The Cal State San Bernardino Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP) Policy details the academic progress you must maintain to continued eligibility to receive financial aid. SAP policies and procedures may change from year to year based on Federal Title IV Regulations. The Financial Aid SAP Policy may differ from academic regulations.
To be eligible for financial aid at Cal State San Bernardino, students must meet the SAP requirements which support the University's mission and strategic plan.
To be eligible for financial aid, a student must:
- Meet the GPA requirements based on academic class level, and
- Successfully earn the attempted number of units for his/her status, and
- Successfully complete degree within the allowable unit/term cap.
Credential and Other Post-Baccalaureate Students
A full-time credential or second bachelor's student is defined as a student enrolled in 12 units per academic term, 24 units for the standard academic year. The unit requirement for half time is defined as 6 units per term, 12 units per year.
A full-time graduate or doctoral student is defined as a student enrolled in 8 units per academic term, 16 units for the standard academic year. The unit requirement for half time is defined as 4 units (500 or above classes) per term, 8 units per year.
Graduate students must complete a minimum of 66.6% of their attempted coursework to maintain eligibility for financial aid. For example, a half-time graduate student who received one W or I grade for the academic year would meet SAP.
NOTE: At the end of each academic year your earned units (including the previous summer) will be added and your grades will be reviewed. A percentage will be calculated of all earned units. This percentage is calculated at the end of the academic year, by the number of earned units divided by the number of units attempted.
|Meets SAP Credential ⁄ Second B.A||Meets SAP Graduate|
Percentage is calculated at the end of the academic year, by the number of earned units divided by the number of units attempted.
Do you want to know if you're meeting the unit requirement, use the Unit Calculator.
See Pass and Fail examples -- Unit Calculator Examples
The student must complete his or her educational program within a time frame no longer than 150 percent of the published length of the educational program, as measured by credits attempted and including transfer credits (for example, the student must complete his or her program after attempting a maximum of 54 credits for a 36 credit program).
|Program||Meets SAP GPA|
Duration of Eligibility
A post-baccalaureate student is defined as one who has received a bachelor's degree. Post-baccalaureate students pursuing a degree or credential are limited up to a maximum of 8 terms with or without financial aid for completion of degree objective.
Grading and Acceptable Coursework
The following grades will count as units attempted with zero units earned. The letter grade RP/SP will be acceptable as completed course work for the calendar year or until the grade is changed, whichever occurs first.
|WZ||Wait Adjusted Failed|
|WE||Withdrawn extenuating circumstances|
If your grade changes, please notify the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
A student may retake a previously passed course, one time. For this purpose, passed means any grade higher than an “F”. Otherwise, a course may be repeated until a passing grade of D- or higher has been received.
Disqualification or Dismissal
Any student who has been academically disqualified or dismissed from the University is not eligible for financial aid.
Students, who do not meet the Cal State San Bernardino Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements, will lose eligibility for financial aid. For further information on how to regain financial aid eligibility, please read the Satisfactory Academic Progress Procedures by clicking on the link provided below.