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Phone: 716-645-8232
Fax: 716-645-6566


Mailing Address

  • 115 A Porter Quad, Buffalo, NY 14261-0051

Phone Hours

  • M - Th: 9 am - 4 pm
  • F: 10:30 am - 4 pm

Office Hours

  • North Campus
    Porter Quad, Building 2
    • M - Th: 8:30 am - 5 pm
    • F: 10:30 am - 5 pm

    Student Response Center (SRC)
    232 Capen Hall
    • M - F: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

  • South Campus
    104 Harriman Hall
    • M, W, Th: 8:30 am - 5 pm
    • Tu: 10 am - 5 pm
    • F: 11 am - 5 pm

The Graduate School: Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to determine if a student is making acceptable progress toward a degree or certificate. At the end of each payment period/semester, a review of a student’s progress is conducted. A student’s failure to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards (for all terms enrolled, not just those terms that financial aid was received) may result in loss of federal financial aid eligibility.

Please be advised that SAP standards are utilized solely to determine federal financial aid eligibility. SAP financial aid eligibility standards do not cancel, modify or override The Graduate School’s academic standards and policies.

Qualitative and Quantitative SAP Standards

The following SAP standards must be met:

1. Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)—Qualitative Component

2. Minimum Completion Rate for Attempted Credit Hours—Pace (Quantitative) Component

3. Degree Completion Maximum Time Frame

Financial Aid Warning GPA/Pace

A student who fails to maintain the cumulative GPA and/or meet Pace (Completion Rate) standard is automatically placed on Federal Financial Aid Warning for the next registered semester.


Appeal Process for Mitigating Circumstances

Any student that does not meet the minimum requirements for SAP at the end of the Financial Aid Warning payment period/semester will be ineligible for federal financial aid. Students will receive an electronic notification detailing the appeal process for mitigating circumstances. A student has the right to appeal the loss of financial aid eligibility if mitigating circumstances (events totally beyond the student's control) occurred during the preceding payment period/semester:

Some examples of appealable circumstances include: serious illness or injury of the student; serious illness, injury or death of an immediate family member; being victim of a violent crime or house fire.

Information is subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state and/or institutional rules and regulations. Students must complete a FAFSA every year. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress to continue to receive financial aid.

Last updated: September 20, 2016 11:03 am EST