Satisfactory Academic Progress & Retention of Aid

Federal regulations governing the student financial assistance programs stipulate that in order to continue to be eligible for Title IV funds (e.g. Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan, Direct PLUS Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work Study) students must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward a degree. To maintain satisfactory academic progress, students must achieve both a required minimum grade point average (GPA) and complete a minimum number of credit hours. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA.

*In addition, full-time students must meet a minimum of 67% of credit hours attempted during the Fall and Spring semesters, part-time students must earn ALL credits attempted during an academic year.

As per federal regulations, all coursework is included in the review of Satisfactory Academic Progress regardless if they are not being calculated in the cumulative G.P.A.

Full-Time J.D. Student

Year of J.D. Full-Time*
Study
Percentage of Cumulative
Hours Attempted
Cumulative GPA
Required
First Year
Second Year
Third Year
Fourth Year
67%
67%
67%
67%
1.900
2.000
2.000
2.000

Full-Time LL.M. Student

LL.M. Full-Time*
Study
Percentage of Cumulative
Hours Attempted
Cumulative GPA
Required
First Year
Second Year
67%
67%
2.300
2.300

Full-Time J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree Law Student

Year of JD Full-Time*
Study
% of Cumulative
Hrs. Att.
Cumulative GPA
Required
LL.M. Degree
Coursework
% of Cumulative
Hrs. Att.
Cumulative GPA
Required
First Year
Second Year
Third Year
Fourth Year

67%
67%
67%
67%

1.900
2.000
2.000
2.000

ALL

67% 2.300

Full-Time Joint Degree Student (Law and Graduate Degree)

Year of JD Full-Time*
Study
% of Cumulative
Hrs. Att.
Cumulative GPA
Required
Graduate Full-Time*
Study
% of Cumulative
Hrs. Att.
Cumulative GPA
Required
First Year
Second Year
Third Year
Fourth Year
Fifth Year

67%
67%
67%
75%
75%

 

1.900
2.000
2.000
2.000
2.00

First Year
Second Year

67%
67%
3.000
3.000

 

Maximum Time Frame

Law Students are eligible to receive financial aid up to 33% over and above the maximum of credit hours required to obtain his/her law degree. All periods of enrollment (including Summer), will be counted toward the maximum time frame. Note: Summer semester may be used to make up credit hour deficiencies and G.P.A. for the new academic year.

Treatment of Punitive and Non-punitive Grades and Courses

All courses with a grade of F, I, IP, NG, U, W and repeated courses will be considered in the calculation of credit hours attempted and will be subject to satisfactory academic progress. Audited courses are not considered in awarding financial aid; therefore, they will not be counted in the determination of satisfactory academic progress. Incomplete (I) grades will be calculated as failing grades in regard to credit hour completion until the course has been satisfactorily completed.

Notification of Satisfactory Academic Progress

Awards are considered estimated, until the final grades are reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid. We will review the applicant's eligibility based on the student's academic performance at the end of the previous academic year. Students who have not met the minimum standards of satisfactory academic progress as outlined above or are academically dismissed, are considered on financial aid suspension and no longer eligible for aid.

Summer Aid

Students that are below the standards at the end of their Fall semester will not be awarded aid for the Summer until all final grades for the Spring are reviewed and the student is deemed to be meeting the conditions of the policy. Students will be responsible for payment of all registered courses for summer. Once it has been established that the student is actually maintaining SAP, the student will, at that time only, be awarded aid.

Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility

A student may regain eligibility by:

  • Achieving the required G.P.A. and Credit Hour Completion as outlined.
  • Attending summer school to make up the credit hour deficiencies and G.P.A. for the new academic year.
  • Appealing the financial aid decision as described below.

Financial Aid Appeal Process

Any student who does not meet the academic progress standards and is able to document extenuating circumstances may appeal the suspension or termination of financial aid eligibility. To appeal:

  • Submit an appeal letter with proper supporting documentation to the Office of Student Financial Assistance & Employment, SAP Committee, explaining the reason(s) for the request.
  • Submit an Individual Achievement Plan that has been approved by the Director of Academic Achievement or designee, explaining how you will regain academic standards.
  • You will be notified of the decision within 10 business days of the receipt date. This decision shall be final. Only one appeal per academic year is allowed.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Location: The Financial Aid Office is located at University Center 2275
Mailing Address
1306 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-3115
Fax: 305-284-5868
E-mail: gradprof.finaid@miami.edu
Office Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
See Contact Information for Prospective Students

 

IMPORTANT PROGRAMS

Paying for the Bar

Satisfactory Academic Progress: Federal regulations governing the student financial assistance programs stipulate that in order to continue to be eligible for Title IV funds (e.g. Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan, Direct PLUS Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work Study) students must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward a degree. 

Yellow Ribbon: For the 2015-2016 academic year, the University of Miami School of Law is participating in the Yellow Ribbon program, a supplemental scholarship designed to assist eligible veterans pay for college, graduate school or professional school. 

USA Funds Life Skills: Financial Aid provides students free access to USA Funds Life Skills, a free online program that offers 3 Learning Paths that gives advice for managing time and money wisely while taking classes or after graduation.