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Student Financial Aid

Satisfactory academic progress

To be eligible for financial aid at the University of Washington, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress standards based on federal, state and institutional requirements. There are separate policies for undergraduate and graduate students. Professional students must meet the policy set by their specific program. Students are responsible for knowing these policies.

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate Policy

To remain eligible for all types of financial aid undergraduates must meet the requirements below:
Full-time students (12 or more credits per quarter)

  • Complete a minimum of 6 credits each quarter.
  • Complete 36 credits for full-time aid received in the autumn through spring quarters (and 48 credits for the summer through spring quarters).
  • Finish your program within a maximum time frame, which cannot exceed 225 attempted credits.
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) as established by the University. In general, you must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA per quarter. Please review the Academic Probation and Dismissal for Low Scholarship policy.

Part-time students (less than 12 credits per quarter)

  • Complete a minimum of 50% of your attempted credits each quarter.
  • Complete all of the credits you attempt for part-time aid received in the summer through spring quarters.
  • Finish your program within a maximum time frame, which cannot exceed 225 attempted credits.
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) as established by the University. Generally this is at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA per quarter. Please review the Academic Probation and Dismissal for Low Scholarship policy.

Graduate  & professional students

Graduate Policy

In order to begin to or continue to be eligible for financial aid, graduate students must meet ALL three requirements listed below:

  • Successfully complete 67% of the credits attempted in summer, fall, winter and spring quarters
  • Degree programs must be completed within a maximum time frame, 150% of the average credits to complete the degree program
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) as established by the University.  In general, graduate students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Please review Memo 16: Unsatisfactory Performance and Progress policy.

After reviewing the full policy below, students should contact a financial aid counselor if unsure of the credits required for maintaining or reinstating eligibility.

Please note that medical, dental, pharmacy and law students’ academic progress for financial aid is monitored by their colleges directly and may have more stringent requirements than described in this policy.