Satisfactory Academic Progress


UCLA SCHOOL OF LAW FINANCIAL AID
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP) STANDARDS

Students who wish to receive financial aid must make satisfactory academic progress toward their degree.  The UCLA School of Law Financial Aid Office measures students’ progress toward degree completion using both qualitative and quantitative methods in accordance with federal regulations.  To be eligible for financial aid, students must meet or exceed these standards.  Failure to maintain these standards may result in suspension of your financial aid eligibility.

These regulations require UCLA to include all coursework attempted in that measurement, including coursework for which the student did not receive financial aid. 

J.D. students will be evaluated annually, after spring semester grades are available.  LL.M. and S.J.D. students will be evaluated each semester.  These standards are in addition to the academic requirements set forth in the UCLA School of Law Summary of Academic Standards.

QUALITATIVE STANDARD
For GPA requirements, students should refer to the Summary of Academic Standards. http://law.ucla.edu/academics/curriculum/academic-standards/

QUANTITATIVE STANDARD
Complete a minimum of 67% of cumulative coursework attempted.

MAXIMUM TIMEFRAME

DEGREE PROGRAM

UNITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE

MAXIMUM UNITS STUDENT MAY ATTEMPT

J.D.

87 Units

131 Units

LL.M.

22 Units

33 Units

S.J.D.

20 Units

30 Units

PURSUIT OF JOINT DEGREE PROGRAM
Students who pursue a joint degree program will have additional financial aid eligibility beyond the Maximum Timeframe established in this policy.

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF UNITS
Grades that meet satisfactory academic progress standard include D or better, Pass (“P”) or Unsatisfactory (“U”).  Fail (“F”), No Credit (“NC”) and Withdrawals (“W”) do not count as a successful completion of coursework attempted.

Coursework still in progress (“LI” and “IP”) will be excluded from the qualitative and quantitative standard measures and evaluated and calculated only at the end of spring term.

Coursework attempted is defined by number of units student is enrolled in by the end of third week.

EVALUATION
Satisfactory Academic Progress will be evaluated annually, after spring semester grades are available.  For students on probation or students required to follow an Academic Plan, progress will be evaluated each term.

COURSEWORK

CONSIDERED ATTEMPTED UNITS?

Transfer Coursework,
Summer Study Abroad

Coursework accepted for transfer credit, including summer study abroad, will count as units attempted.

Repeat Coursework

Courses repeated, for which credit was earned on the second attempt only will be counted both times as attempted units.

Withdrawals

Withdrawals after the first day of classes will count as units attempted unless the student does not attend any classes for that semester and receives a 100% refund of all fees.

Cancellations

Cancellation of registration on or before the 1st day of classes will not count as units attempted.


FINANCIAL AID SUSPENSION AND APPEAL PROCESS

Students who fail to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards will be placed on financial aid suspension and will not be eligible to receive future financial aid.  Such students will have until the start of the term, for which financial aid was suspended, to submit a written appeal to the Office of Financial Aid (finaid@law.ucla.edu).  In the appeal, students must provide a full explanation and any relevant documentation pertaining to the circumstances leading to their failure to meet academic standards.  Prior to submitting the appeal students who failed to meet qualitative standard must seek assistance from the Dean for Students with the goal of establishing a realistic Academic Plan towards graduation that must be included as part of the appeal.

DENIED APPEALS
If your appeal is denied, you may submit a Secondary Appeal.  When filing a Secondary Appeal, submit additional information (not included in the initial appeal) that may assist with explaining the circumstances for which you were not able to maintain the standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress.  The decision of a Secondary Appeal is final.

FINANCIAL AID PROBATION
Students who have their appeal approved will receive financial aid and be placed on financial aid probation for one semester.  During this probationary period the student will need to meet the specific requirements in order to regain financial aid for subsequent semesters. The determination of progress can only be established once the grades for the probation term have been received.  Financial aid will not be available for the term following probation until the assessment has been made that the student has met the set conditions. 

LL.M. and S.J.D. students who are on financial aid suspension after the first semester of their program will have their financial aid rescinded for the second semester.  Upon a successful appeal process, the student may have their financial aid reinstated.

REINSTATEMENT 
Students who have had financial aid eligibility suspended for failing to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress standards, and/or who have a denied appeal, may regain financial aid eligibility by bringing themselves into compliance with the qualitative and quantitative components of the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.  Students who have exceeded the time limit to degree cannot regain financial aid eligibility through the reinstatement process.