Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) with Respect to Financial Aid

Policy number: AD003EN*
Last review date: 31 March 2018
Next review date: 1 November 2020
Issuing office: Admissions & Financial Aid


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is evaluated twice each year in January and June. Failure to maintain satisfactory progress as described below may result in cancellation of financial aid awards. This policy applies only to students receiving Title IV aid, specifically the Federal Stafford and PLUS loans


Basic Standard for Satisfactory Performance 

All students receiving student loans must meet AUP’s institutional requirements for minimum satisfactory performance as well as the following: 

  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (3.00 for graduate students); 

  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in order to keep the undergraduate academic scholarship; 
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative completion rate of two-thirds of credits attempted (67%); 
  • Students must complete their educational program within a time frame no longer than 150% of the published length of the educational program. 

Federal regulations require that the University track the academic progress of student loan recipients from the first date of enrollment at AUP, whether or not student loans were received at that time. Credits transferred from all other institutional sources will be considered as attempted and completed credits in the evaluation of the completion rate standards, but these courses do not affect the calculation of the GPA. Students who have completed their degree requirements, but who are still attending courses, are NOT eligible to continue to receive aid even if they are below the maximum time frame. 

For further details, see AD003EN - Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) & Student Loans.


Who is affected by this policy: Students receiving Title IV aid, specifically Federal Stafford and PLUS loans.

Legal context or regulatory body: 34 CFR 668.16, 668.34 (SAP); Federal Student Aid Handbook Volume 1, Chapter 1


The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid works with The Office of the Registrar to evaluate a student’s SAP and notifies the student of changes to his/her student loan status (i.e. probation, denied). It evaluates letters of appeal and notifies students of decision in a timely manner.

Students understand this policy and meet SAP requirements.


Title IV: Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended in 1998, (Title IV, and HEA program) establishes general rules that apply to federal student financial assistance programs.

Issuing office and contact: The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, 5 Bd de la Tour-Maubourg, 75007 Paris,, +33 1 40 62 08 17.