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(2009-2011 Catalog, p. 38)

Any student receiving Title IV financial aid is required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) according to the Compilation of Student Financial Aid Regulations 34CFR, through 12/31/95), as published by the U.S. Department of Education, section 668.34.

The following policy is effective as of May 2005 and supersedes any previous policy:

1) All bachelor’s degree-seeking students must maintain a minimum of 2.0 GPA as of their 25th attempted credit. While attempting 0-24 credit hours, a minimum of 1.75 GPA is required.

2) All master’s degree-seeking students must maintain a minimum 2.25 GPA.

3) All undergraduate students must pass at least 70 percent of the credit hours attempted.

4) All graduate students must pass at least 80 percent of the credit hours attempted.

5) All bachelor’s degree seeking students must complete the program within 192 attempted credit hours.

Attempted hours for courses with a grade of failure (F), incomplete (I), incomplete/failure (IF), withdrawal (W), or repeat (R) are counted as hours attempted and combined with all passing grades in determining progress.

Because about 65% of Shepherd University students receive some type of financial aid, it is important that academic advisors be aware of these policies and advise students to check with a Financial Aid Counselor before withdrawing from classes. More complete information about the policy can be viewed at

For information, refer to the University Catalog section on Scholarships and Financial Aid.


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