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At a Glance

Academic Progress

Federal, state and university financial aid programs were developed to help qualified students achieve a college degree. To insure that these funds are used as efficiently as possible, policies have been established that require a financial aid recipient to progress toward a degree within a reasonable period of time. A student's progress is monitored for all periods of enrollment regardless of whether or not he or she is receiving financial aid for that same period. Some university aid programs require higher standards for renewal. Satisfactory academic progress is measured by credit hours earned and cumulative grade point average as explained below.

Academic progress policies

The University of Indianapolis will monitor all students at the end of each term of enrollment (including summer) for course completion, grade point average (GPA) and maximum time frame.

Credit hours earned

Hours of incomplete, failing, audit, unsatisfactory and withdrawal do not constitute successful course completion and do not count toward the course completion requirement. Successful completion of repeat courses and non-credit remedial courses will be counted toward the earned hours requirements. Please note that students who have repeated a course twice, with a passing grade each time, can no longer receive aid for that class if it is repeated for a third time. Grades of passing, satisfactory, deferred and credits earned for lecture/performance series constitute successful completion. If applicable toward a degree at the University of Indianapolis, transfer hours earned during the current term or academic year from another university will be considered toward the course completion requirement but may not be considered in computing the cumulative grade point average.

Course completion policy

For course completion, at the end of each term that a student is enrolled, the student’s cumulative completed hours divided by cumulative attempted hours must equal at least 67%.

GPA policy

For GPA, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher by the end of his or her fourth term of enrollment. UIndy uses a sliding scale up to the 4th term. 

For Undergraduate Students   

Minimum Cumulative GPA

End of 1st term of enrollment   


End of 2nd term of enrollment    


End of 3rd term of enrollment 


End of 4th term of enrollment 


End of each subsequent term 


For graduate students: Cumulative 3.0 at end of each term

Note: Students who receive a merit scholarship may need to maintain a higher cumulative grade point average to keep their merit aid. Students are notified of the required cumulative grade point average at the time of receiving the award.

Maximum time frame for degree completion

Regulations also govern the maximum length of time a student may receive financial aid. Students working toward a bachelor's degree may not receive aid beyond 150% of the length of their program of study. For a student pursuing a bachelor’s degree, this time frame is defined to be 186 total credit hours attempted (150% of 124 hours to graduate). For a student pursuing an associate’s degree, this time frame is defined to be 93 total credit hours attempted (150% of 62 hours to graduate).

Transfer hours count toward this number of hours. Some programs, like state grants and University merit aid, may restrict the student’s eligibility for aid to less than the above time frame. 

The maximum time frame for graduate students is 150% of the length of their specific program.

Schedule for monitoring progress

Course completion:

Each financial aid recipient's progress relative to credit hours earned will be monitored at the end of each term, including summer.   

Grade point average:

Federal regulations mandate that each student's cumulative grade point average be monitored at the end of each term. See our GPA scale above. 

Warning period and denial of financial aid

Students who do not meet the minimum standards for satisfactory progress will be notified in writing and will be granted a financial aid warning period for the subsequent term of enrollment. Students will be eligible to receive financial aid during this warning period. The student's progress will be reviewed again at the end of the warning term. If the student fails to meet the course completion and/or cumulative grade point average requirements at the conclusion of his/her warning term, the student will be denied financial assistance (including student and parent loans) for subsequent enrollment periods.


If a student is denied aid due to lack of progress, courses must be taken at the student's expense until the cumulative grade point average meets the requirement and/or the student has earned sufficient credit hours to meet the 67% completion rate. The deficiency also may be made up by credits earned from another regionally accredited college or university, or tests such as CLEP and DANTES, as long as the credits are acceptable by the University of Indianapolis and earned after the denial of aid occurred (refer to the UIndy catalog under Academic Information & Policies). Once the student’s cumulative earned hours are at least 67% of cumulative attempted hours, aid can be reinstated. For GPA, the classes would need to be taken at UIndy as a student's GPA from another university will not transfer in.


If a student does not meet progress requirements at the end of an enrolled term, the student will be given one more term (warning period) to make progress. If progress isn’t made by the end of the warning period, then the student would be denied aid. At that point, there will be an appeals process available for extenuating circumstances. An appeal form will be sent with the denial notice. If the appeal is approved, the student will be put on an academic plan that could span over multiple terms. As long as the student meets the requirements of the academic plan, then aid will be available. Aid can be revoked at any time if the student is not meeting the requirements.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form

Class Attendance Policies

Class attendance is an important part of the academic process. Students are expected to attend classes regularly and to manage their schedules in order to meet the demands of their courses and other activities. In addition to jeopardizing course grades, failure to attend classes may adversely affect a student’s financial aid, eligibility for athletic competition, or other cocurricular programs.

Faculty may establish, publish, and enforce specific attendance policies for their classes. Students should pay careful attention to such stated policies, as they may vary from course to course. Faculty may request reasonable documentation or verification of claims regarding absences. Students may be withdrawn from class administratively for failing to meet such course requirements.

Sometimes students will miss classes as a result of their involvement in University-sanctioned activities such as athletic or speech contests, theatrical or musical performances, or academic field trips. Students engaged in such activities are responsible for alerting faculty in advance of their absences. Students are likewise responsible for arranging makeup work, assignments, and tests to be completed prior to the absence or immediately upon return to class. Faculty are expected to make reasonable accommodations for makeup work for students engaged in such activities.

Students should report absences that result from illness directly to the professor and arrange to make up work, tests, and other assignments.

The Student Health Center does not issue absence notes or verify the extent of an illness or the appropriateness of a student missing classes. The Center can provide verification of an office visit or other appointment, however.

Funerals, jury duty, and military duty, while not University-sponsored activities, are nonetheless reasonable absences, and students should be afforded the same consideration given to those involved in sanctioned activities.