Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress

To be eligible for financial aid at the University of Washington, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress standards based on federal, state and institutional requirements. There are separate policies for undergraduate and graduate students. Professional students must meet the policy set by their specific program. Students are responsible for knowing these policies.

We understand many students are dealing with the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic and may experience difficulties in completing credits in winter and spring quarters of 2020. Students will not be required to complete the quarterly and annual minimum credit requirements, as described below.  This is a one-time suspension to the policy for 2019-20 only.  Starting Summer 2020, the satisfactory academic progress policy will be monitored for the full requirements listed below.

Full-time students (12 or more credits per quarter)

  • Complete a minimum of 6 credits each quarter.
  • Complete 36 credits for full-time aid received in the autumn through spring quarters (and 48 credits for the summer through spring quarters).
  • Finish your program within a maximum time frame, which cannot exceed 225 attempted credits.
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) as established by the University. In general, you must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA per quarter. Please review the Academic Probation and Dismissal for Low Scholarship policy.

Part-time students (less than 12 credits per quarter)

  • Complete a minimum of 50% of your attempted credits each quarter.
  • Complete all of the credits you attempt for part-time aid received in the summer through spring quarters.
  • Finish your program within a maximum time frame, which cannot exceed 225 attempted credits.
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) as established by the University. Generally this is at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA per quarter. Please review the Academic Probation and Dismissal for Low Scholarship policy.

If you do not meet these requirements, then you will need to file an appeal for consideration of continued financial aid.  Form is available online as Satisfactory Progress Appeal.

Please read the full Satisfactory Academic Progress policy on-line. You are responsible for knowing this information.