Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for Financial Aid Recipients

Graduate Requirements

GPA Requirement – The GPA requirement sets a minimum USF cumulative grade point average (CGPA) for the degree level at which you are classified. Note: This is the CGPA used to determine your USF academic status, and does not include grades from courses taken at another school.

For graduate students, a 3.0 USF CGPA is required at all times.

Pace Requirement – The pace requirement sets an expected progression to earn your degree.

Maximum Time Requirement – The maximum time requirement sets a limit to the number of credit hours you may attempt before earning your degree. The maximum for graduate students is set by degree level, not degree program.  Your eligibility ends when you have attempted the maximum credits for your degree level.

Credits attempted at any school prior to and while enrolled at USF regardless of whether you received financial aid at the time you attempted them, are counted. This includes all hours attempted for all post baccalaureate graduate or professional degrees, including, but not limited to MA/MS, EDS, JD, etc.

You must earn your graduate degree within the maximum hours listed below, this includes all attempted graduate and/or professional credits at any level:

Degree Type Attempted Hours
MA/MS/MEd 70
EdS 115
PhD/EdD 135

Academic circumstances that can negatively affect your eligibility