In order for a student to receive federal student financial aid (listed below), regulations require that s/he be maintaining satisfactory academic progress toward a degree, or, more simply put, be on track to complete his or her degree in a reasonable time period with acceptable grades.
Following are the satisfactory academic progress standards for students seeking federal financial aid at the University of Delaware.
Note: The Federal Student Financial Aid Programs affected by this policy include the following:
The satisfactory academic progress policy includes both qualitative and quantitative measures of the student's progress. The qualitative measure establishes a minimum grade point index (Grade Point Average, or GPA) standard. The quantitative measure establishes a maximum time frame for a student to complete his/her program and a minimum number of credits a student must satisfactorily complete each year.
The Office of Student Financial Services reviews each student's academic record at the end of every spring term. The academic record is then compared against the following qualitative and quantitative requirements of the University of Delaware's Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards:
Qualitative: By the end of an undergraduate student's second year of study (defined as 60 credit hours attempted), s/he must have a cumulative grade point average of a 'C' (a 2.0 grade point index). A student may be placed on probation or dismissed for academic deficiency when the index for any semester is less than 1.23 or the quality-point deficit is more than 12.99 points. Graduate students must maintain good standing as defined in the Graduate Catalog.