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

Note: 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 Dismissal Rules within the Summary of Academic Standards

Quantitative Standard

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.

UCLA Financial Aid policy imposes the following limitations on the time to degree for students receiving financial aid:

  • 9 semesters for students pursuing the J.D. degree
  • 12 semesters for students pursuing a joint degree program
  • 3 semesters for students pursuing the LL.M. degree
  • 3 semesters to advance to candidacy for students pursuing the S.J.D. degree


Grades that meet satisfactory academic progress standards include D or better, Pass (“P”) and Unsatisfactory (“U”). Fail (“F”), No Credit (“NC”) and Withdrawal (“W”) are not passing grades.

Coursework still in progress (“LI” and “IP”) will be excluded from the qualitative and quantitative standard measures, and evaluated and calculated only upon completion.



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 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 percent refund of all fees.


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

Financial Aid Suspension and Appeal Process

Students who fail to meet Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards will be placed on financial aid suspension and will no longer be eligible to receive financial aid. Such students will have 30 days to submit a written appeal to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Committee and present it to the Office of Financial Aid. In the appeal, students must provide a full explanation and any relevant documentation pertaining to the circumstances leading to their failure to meet the standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress. Prior to submitting the appeal, students 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.

Financial Aid Probation

If the SAP Committee approves the appeal, the student 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 of the Academic Plan in order to regain financial aid for subsequent semesters.

Financial aid will not be available for the term following probation until the assessment has been made that the student has met the conditions of the Academic Plan. The determination of progress can only be established once the grades for the probation term have been received.

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 will have their financial aid reinstated.


Students who have had financial aid eligibility suspended for failing to maintain SAP standards, and/or who have a denied Financial Aid SAP 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.