Bad Grades & Federal Financial AidYes, earning bad grades can hurt your federal financial aid availability. You must make satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible to receive and continue earning financial aid to help you pay for school. According to StudentAid.gov, “...you have to make good enough grades, and complete enough classes (credits, hours, etc.), to keep moving toward successfully completing your degree or certificate in a time period that’s acceptable to your school.”
- The GPA you must maintain.
- The number of credit hours you’re expected to complete each academic year.
- How course changes such as withdrawals, incomplete classes, transfers or a major change affects your SAP.
- The timing your college or university will evaluate your SAP progress.
- What happens if you don’t meet your school’s SAP rules. This portion should also detail if you can appeal the decision and how to regain your FAFSA eligibility status. Check with your college’s financial aid office to find out where you can find the full SAP guidelines and eligibility requirements for your school.