Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students must make satisfactory academic progress, as specified below, to be eligible for renewal of need-based financial aid.

Course repetitions will be factored into the overall Grade Point Average (GPA) by Boston University. A student can receive Federal Title IV aid and BU need-based aid for repeating a course in which the previous grade received was insufficient (“W” or “F”) to meet degree requirements. A student can receive Federal Title IV aid and BU need-based aid for repeating a course in which the previous grade received was sufficient to meet degree requirements (but perhaps seeking a stronger grade) only if they are otherwise enrolled in at least 12 other academic credits.

Merit award recipients must meet the merit award renewal criteria established for the particular scholarship(s) they are receiving.

Minimum Credit Hours

To be considered for any form of financial aid at Boston University, full-time students must successfully complete at least 12 Boston University credits each semester in the prior academic year.

Students registered for only one semester during the prior academic year must have completed at least 12 credits in that semester.

Generally, part-time students must complete at least 75% of the total credits for which they enroll.

Summer enrollment at Boston University is considered only upon appeal.

Summer enrollment at other institutions is not considered.

Minimum Grade Point Average

The calculation of grade point average (GPA) in determining eligibility for financial aid does not include Physical Development Program (PDP) courses.

Class Minimum Cumulative GPA for Federal and State Funds and for Private Loan Certification Minimum Cumulative GPA for Boston University Need-Based Funds
Sophomores
(freshman year grades)
1.70 2.00
Juniors/Seniors 2.00 2.00

Part-time students must meet the same GPA requirements for eligibility.

Summer enrollment at Boston University is considered only upon appeal.

Summer enrollment at other institutions is not considered.

Boston University grant is offered to eligible returning students who have not previously been awarded BU need-based financial aid. Priority consideration is based on the availability of funds and the strength of the applicant’s academic record.

To be considered, a new candidate must earn at least a 2.50 grade point average (GPA) and successfully complete at least 12 Boston University credits in the prior academic year, with no incomplete (I) or missing grades.

Students who are denied Boston University, federal and/or state aid, or certification of a private loan because their academic performance falls short of satisfactory academic progress standards are welcome to appeal the decision to BU Financial Assistance.

Aid may be fully or partially reinstated for students who appeal with:

  • A documented change in their academic record that enables them to meet the academic criteria for renewal (including a change resulting from a summer enrollment at Boston University).
  • Documented extenuating circumstances.
  • BU Financial Assistance must receive all three (3) sections of the completed Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form by August 1. To submit your appeal electronically, download and save a copy of the form to your computer. (Do not try to complete the form in your browser.) Complete and save your copy of the form, then submit it as instructed.
BU Financial Assistance does not make academic decisions. If circumstances warrant, we will request the cooperation and assistance of your academic dean.

Minimally, full-time students must successfully complete at least 8 credits with a minimum 1.00 grade point index (GPI) during the first semester of the academic year.

Students who do not meet these minimum standards are very unlikely to meet the annual renewal criteria. Thus, if they fail to do so the first semester aid will remain intact; subsequent aid will be canceled.

Although BU Financial Assistance will make every effort to promptly notify students of the cancellation of their awards, students are responsible for obtaining their grades and determining if they have met the criteria for continuation of their awards.

Students may appeal the cancellation of their awards if they expect to receive additional grade(s) or will have any grades changed prior to the first day of classes for the next term.

Financial aid will not be reinstated after the first day of classes, even if there are subsequent changes in the GPI or the number of first semester credits completed.