GSE Federal Loan Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP)

Each School of Fordham University has established minimum standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) that students must maintain as they pursue their degree or certificate. The University measures SAP annually at the end of the spring semester.

To be eligible for federal aid, such as Federal Direct Subsidized, and Unsubsidized Loans or Graduate PLUS Loans, each student must be making SAP according to the School’s standards.

To be eligible for federal financial aid, a Fordham Graduate School of Education or Education@Fordham Online student must:

  • Maintain a grade point average of 3.00 for ADV, ADVN, MS, MSE, MST degrees; 3.50 for Ed.D., Ph.D. degrees
  • *Attempt and complete no fewer than 6 credit hours per term
  • Maintain active term matriculation status (from term admitted to term graduated)
  • Complete the course of study for ADV, MS, MSE, MST degrees within 5 years; Ed.D., Ph.D. degrees within 8 years

Students who fail to attain satisfactory progress at the end of each academic year shall lose federal financial aid eligibility. If the student resumes satisfactory academic progress, the student shall regain federal financial aid eligibility as long as she/he maintains satisfactory academic progress.

Students enrolled in non-degree programs are not eligible for Federal aid and should look into a private education loan for non-degree programs.

*The Matriculated Student Status Certification form must be completed by a student who may be registered for fewer credits to qualify for ½, ¾, or full-time certification for purposes of Veteran’s Benefits and federal financial aid eligibility.

Matriculated Student Status Certification Forms