Walden University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements to receive Title IV student financial aid comply with the U.S. Department of Education’s financial aid regulations. These standards are intended to establish minimum, reasonable levels of advancement toward degree completion and to guard against abuse of federal financial aid programs. Satisfactory academic progress requirements for receipt of federal financial aid are separate and distinct from the university’s academic progress requirements for academic continuance.

The requirements in this section also apply to Minnesota State Financial Aid Programs.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is reviewed for all students at the end of a payment period. All grades must be posted to the academic record before the SAP status will be determined. If the student is back in compliance with minimum standards after all grades are posted to the academic record for the payment period, federal aid eligibility will begin with the next payment period.

Students receive written notification to their Walden University e-mail account if they are placed on financial aid warning status. Upon receiving this status, a student has one payment period to return to the standards listed in the following section. If the student does not meet these standards, he or she may appeal for one additional period of financial aid probation. If the appeal is not granted, the student becomes ineligible for federal financial aid.

It is the student’s responsibility to know the requirements for satisfactory academic progress. Failure to receive notification will not nullify a student’s financial aid status with Walden University. Students considering a decision to withdraw from a class, drop a class, or stop participating in a class should check first with their Student Success Advisor. Such a decision may affect their financial aid status.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards for Course-Based Programs

Minimum Standard for Federal Financial Aid

Program Type Minimum Financial Aid Course Completion Rate (Pace) Minimum Cumulative Financial Aid GPA Maximum Time Frame to Receive Federal Aid
Bachelor’s degree*  67%  2.0 272 financial aid attempted credits
Master’s degree  67%  3.0 20 quarters or 15 semesters
Doctoral degree  67%  3.0 32 quarters or 24 semesters
Stand Alone Quarter Based Certificates  67%  3.0 1-29 credit program
8 quarters
30-45 credit program
12 quarters 
Stand Alone Semester Based Certificates
 67%  3.0 1-19 credit program
6 semesters
20-30 credit program
9 semesters 
Education Specialist  67%  3.0 20 quarters or 15 semesters
Teacher preparation (without master’s degree option)  67%  3.0 56 financial aid attempted credits
Endorsement (without master’s degree option)  67%  3.0 32 financial aid attempted credits
Preparatory coursework  67%  2.0 12 consecutive months

* Some Walden Bachelors programs have GPA requirements that are higher than 2.0. The minimum financial aid GPA requirement will be the same as the University GPA requirement for those programs. Please refer to the Walden Student Handbook for your program GPA requirement.

For the minimum standards in the Tempo Learning® Programs, please refer to the Office of Financial Aid Terms and Conditions.


Loss of Federal Financial Aid Eligibility due to SAP

Students who become ineligible to receive federal financial aid but remain in compliance with the academic progress standards for continuance in their program are not withdrawn from the program, but they must make alternative payment arrangements with the Office of the Bursar by the appropriate tuition due date. Students may still be eligible for private educational loans if federal aid eligibility is lost.

Learn more about Satisfactory Academic Progress policies and requirements in the Office of Financial Aid Terms and Conditions.

Do you have questions about financial aid? If you haven’t yet applied to Walden, please contact an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286 in the United States. If you are a current student, please contact a financial aid advisor at finaid@mail.waldenu.edu or call 1-800-WALDENU (1-800-925-3368).

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