Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for post_baccalaureates

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.

Eligibility

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:

  1. Meet the GPA requirements based on academic class level, and
  2. Successfully earn the attempted number of units for his/her status, and
  3. 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 quarter, 36 units for the standard academic year. The unit requirement for half time is defined as 6 units per quarter, 18 units per year.

Graduate/Doctoral Students

A full-time graduate or doctoral student is defined as a student enrolled in 8 units per academic quarter, 24 units for the standard academic year. The unit requirement for half time is defined as 4 units per quarter, 12 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.

Unit Requirements

  Credential ⁄ Second B.A Graduate
Meets SAP 85%-Above 66.6%

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, click on the Unit Calculator link. Unit Calculator

See Pass and Fail examples -- Unit Calculator Examples

Overall Career Requirements

Program Meets SAP
Credential ⁄ 2nd BA ⁄ Graduates 11 quarters or less
Pursuing any combination of Post-baccalaureats Objectives
(includes all quarters as a post-baccalaureate)
Doctoral 17 Quarters or less
Pursuing any combination of Post-baccalaureate Objectives
(includes all quarters as a post-baccalaureate)

GPA Requirements

Program Meets SAP GPA
Credential 2.3-Above
2nd BA 2.0-Above
Graduate 3.0-Above

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 12 quarters with or without financial aid for completion of degree objective.

Most graduate students are limited up to a maximum of 12 quarters 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.

Letter Grade Meaning/Description
F Failing
FW Failed, Withdrew
W Withdrawn
WU Withdrawn Unauthorized
UW Unofficial Withdrawal
I Incomplete Authorized
IC Incomplete Charged
AU Audit
WZ Wait Adjusted Failed
NC No Credit
RD Report Delayed
WE Withdrawn extenuating circumstances

Grade changes

If your grade changes, please notify the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Course repetitions

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.

REGAINING ELIGIBILITY

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.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Procedures