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.
|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
|30-45 credit program
|Stand Alone Semester Based Certificates
||67%||3.0||1-19 credit program
|20-30 credit program
|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.
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 by logging in to their student finance portal before the appropriate tuition due date. Students may still be eligible for private education 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 specialist at 855-646-5286 in the United States. If you are a current student, please contact a financial aid advisor at [email protected] or call 1-800-WALDENU (1-800-925-3368).