Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
All Federal Financial Assistance Programs are authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and require the establishment of minimum standards of academic progress that students must meet to maintain general eligibility for financial aid. Students must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to remain eligible for federal aid such as Direct Loans and Graduate PLUS Loans, as well as private loans through their loan lenders. The school enforces the following standards of measuring SAP:
- Charleston School of Law qualitative SAP standard: Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher to receive federal financial aid and to be considered to be making Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students’ grade point average will be verified at the end of each semester or grading period.
- Charleston School of Law quantitative SAP standard: Students should successfully complete 67 percent of the cumulative credit hours they attempt in order to complete the degree requirements for graduation within the maximum time limit and to be considered to be making Satisfactory Academic Progress. The quantitative SAP assessment will be reviewed for all students at the end of each semester or grading period.
- Charleston School of Law maximum time-limit for earning a degree: Students must complete all of their law degree requirements no earlier than 24 months and no later than 84 months after a student has commenced law study at the Charleston School of Law or at a law school from which the School of Law has accepted transfer credit. The maximum time frame for students to finish their degree will be verified at the end of each semester or grading period to insure compliance toward graduation and to monitor the students’ Satisfactory Academic Progress.
**Please note these standards and provisions are different from the academic standards at the Charleston School of Law and may have no bearing on your status of academic probation or disqualification. All decisions related to your academic standing are made through the Office of Academic Affairs, and all decisions related to your financial aid eligibility are made by the Office of Financial Aid.