Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards

All students must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards in order to successfully meet the academic requirements for graduation and remain enrolled at AIU. Additionally, to be eligible for Federal Student Aid funds, students must maintain the satisfactory academic progress standards consistent with the University’s graduation requirements.

SAP is determined by measuring the student’s cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and the student’s rate of progress (ROP) toward completion of the academic program. Academic progress is reviewed annually and measured at the end of each academic year. For programs lasting less than one academic year, academic progress will be evaluated at the end of each academic term. Both the CGPA and ROP standards must be met in order to be considered as making satisfactory academic progress.

The ROP percentage is calculated by dividing the credits earned by the credits attempted. Credits attempted are defined as those credits required in the student’s program of study including, credits that were transferred from other approved institutions, and proficiency credits earned.

A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is a calculation of the average of all of a student's total earned points divided by the possible number of points. Students meet minimum CGPA requirements at specific instances throughout the program in order to be considered making satisfactory academic progress. Only those credits required in the student’s degree program are used in the CGPA calculation.

Student progress records are kept and issued as SAP is periodically assessed.

SAP Tables

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) and Rate of Progress (ROP)


 Associate Programs
 Bachelor's Programs
 Master's Programs
 Academic Certificates
 Credits  ROP  CGPA  Credits  ROP  CGPA  Credits  ROP  CGPA  Credits  ROP  CGPA
 0-41  50%  1.55  0-41  50%  1.55  0-13.5  50%  2.85  0-27  66.67%  2.0
 42-71  55%  1.8  42-81  55%  1.75  14+  66.67%  3.0      
 72+  66.67%  2.0  82-122  60%  1.8            
       123+  66.67%  2.0