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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

Satisfactory academic progress standards (SAP) are measured at the end of each semester to ensure students receiving Title IV federal student financial aid funds-Grants, Workstudy, and Stafford and Perkins Loans-are meeting these requirements:

  1. Completion Rate - Attempted hours should be completed
  2. GPA - Grades earned should be sufficient to apply to degree or certificate plan
  3. Maximum Time Frame - Degree program must be completed in a timely manner

Following is the policy used by Eastern New Mexico University in compliance with federal regulations to determine students are meeting SAP and should be considered to receive Title IV federal student financial aid:

SAP Requirements

ENMU Completion Rate
Overall Maximum Time Frame
2-Year Certificate
56 attempted hours
106 attempted hours
196 attempted hours
Second Bachelor's
196 attempted hours
Teacher Certification*
196 attempted hours
Preparatory Leveling
1 calendar year
70 attempted hours


Cumulative Completion Rate

The percentage of work a student has successfully completed at all post-secondary institutions. All attendance including remedial coursework, repeated coursework, and periods when students did not receive financial aid are counted in the total hours attempted and other SA rules.

Cumulative GPA

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) earned on course work at all post-secondary institutions.

Maximum Time Frame

Maximum Time Frame is calculated as 150 percent of the hours necessary to complete the degree program and includes all hours attempted at all post-secondary institutions. Title IV Financial Aid eligibility expires once it becomes mathematically impossible for a student to complete their degree plan within the maximum time frame for their degree program. Students with successful progressive history may request extension by following the procedure for Reinstatement of financial aid and submitting an Academic Success Action Plan in conjunction with a current Degree Plan Checklist. Students granted an extension must complete all attempted hours with the GPA required by their program–no exceptions. Students pursuing a second bachelor's or second master's cannot receive a time frame extension.

*Teacher Certification

Teacher Certification applies to students who already have a bachelor's degree and are returning for certification only.

Grade Calculation and Completion

Grades of "F", "I", "U" and "W" are considered unsuccessful completion of the course and count against your completion rate and maximum time frame calculations. Grade of "S" will count as work completed and will be counted as successful completion of the course. Since no grade point is given for the grade, it is not calculated into the GPA. Successful completion of the term is defined as completion of all attempted hours with grades sufficient to satisfy the degree plan checklist. Title IV financial aid funds may be awarded once for a previously passed course.

ENMU Financial Aid SAP Status

Once grades are posted at the end of each semester, Financial Aid SAP Status will be updated for the next term for those students who are registered and have a current FAFSA. Students will be assigned a new status based on the semester's results:

SAP Status

Academic Progress
Meeting Completion Rate and GPA
Eligible–Meeting SAP Policy
First Failure Completion Rate and/or GPA
Warning–Meet SAP by Next Term
1 Semester Provisional Eligibility
Second Failure Completion Rate and/or GPA
Not Eligible
May Exceed Maximum Time Frame
Ineligible–May Exceed Max Time
Not Eligible
Exceed Maximum Time Frame
Ineligible–Over Max Time Limit
Not Eligible
Approved Petition/Academic Plan
Probation/Follow Plan
1 Semester Provisional Eligibility

Students may review their financial aid academic progress online by accessing their MyENMU account and following links to the financial aid are Students with Provisional Eligibility–don't waste this opportunity to prove you can make successful progress. Denied status means you will lose your Title IV Financial Aid funding eligibility and have to pay for classes on your own until you meet SAP.


The Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee will review written requests for reinstatement from students who have extreme mitigating circumstances which prevented them from complying with the SAP Policy. Mitigating circumstances are defined as unanticipated and unavoidable events beyond a student's control. In-person reviews will be offered to students following the Committee's denial. Contact the ENMU Financial Aid office at 575.562.2194 for more information.

Academic Standing

Academic Progress maintained by the Financial Aid office is not the same as Academic Standing which is maintained by the Office of the Registrar. Students must be academically eligible and registered at ENMU before written requests concerning Academic Progress will be reviewed.

Download Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy.

Download SAP Petition for Reinstatement of Financial Aid form.