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Minimum SAP Standards

To remain eligible for financial aid, students must maintain minimum overall GPA and completion rate standards as well as complete their degree within a certain time frame. These standards apply to all students.


Minimum Overall Grade Point Average (GPA)

Students must maintain a minimum overall GPA.

Level or Major Minimum GPA
Undergraduate (Associate and Bachelor) 2.00
Doctor of Dental Surgery 2.00
Doctor of Jurisprudence 2.30
Doctor of Pharmacy 2.50
Doctor of Physical Therapy 3.00
All Other Graduate Programs 2.75

GPA is calculated at the end of each semester as of the date that grades are due. Grades changed later by the instructor due to an appeal or an error may change the GPA. This change will be considered for Satisfactory Academic Progress at the next monitoring point. However, a student may notify the Mountaineer Hub earlier if such a change brings him/her in to good standing.

Hours within the overall GPA are measured in adherence to the University’s Grading Policies and Academic Forgiveness Policy. If a student is granted academic forgiveness, they will be required to appeal if they do not meet satisfactory academic progress standards.

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Minimum Completion

Students must successfully complete at least 67% of all the hours they have attempted. To calculate this percentage, students can take their "Earned Hours" and divide them by their "Attempted Hours."

For example, courses with grades of "I," "F," "IF," and "NR," and courses with grades of "W" due to withdraw are hours that a student would have attempted but not earned hours.

Attempted and earned hours are measured in adherence to the University’s Grading Policies and Academic Forgiveness Policy. If a student is granted academic forgiveness, they will be required to appeal if they do not meet satisfactory academic progress standards.

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Maximum Time Frame for Degree Completion (150%)

Students must complete their degree within 150% of the published time frame for degree completion for their program of study within the University Course Catalog. For example, in undergraduate programs requiring 120 hours, students must obtain their degrees within 180 attempted hours (120 x 1.5 = 180).

Attempted hours are measured in adherence to the University’s Grading Policies and Academic Forgiveness Policy. If a student is granted academic forgiveness, they will be required to appeal if they do not meet satisfactory academic progress standards.

Special Maximum Time Frame Information for Select Student Groups
  • Dual degree and double major students' maximum time frame will be calculated based on the number of degree pursuant hours for both degrees/majors multiplied by 150%. The determination for the number of degree pursuant hours will be obtained from the student's academic advisor (or Academic Affairs for students on the Keyser campus) or by reviewing DegreeWorks.
  • For students pursuing subsequent (second, third, etc.) degrees, maximum time frame determination for a subsequent degree will be calculated based on the number of hours attempted for any prior degree and the number of hours needed to complete the current degree multiplied by 150%. The determination for the number of degree pursuant hours remaining for the subsequent degree will be obtained from the student's academic advisor (or Academic Affairs for students on the Keyser campus) or by reviewing DegreeWorks.
  • Financial aid for a second bachelor's degree is limited to loan eligibility.

Click here to read the full Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

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