2D. Satisfactory Academic Progress

Even though UAF’s tuition and fees are low compared to other public flagship universities, many students experience financial difficulties that impact their academic progress. UAF tuition is based on the student’s residency status, the course level, and the number of credits enrolled per semester. Students can use the online tuition calculator to estimate what their tuition will be for the upcoming semester. Students also need to factor in fees when calculating the expense of their upcoming semester courses. The tuition “What if?” estimator includes tuition, fees, residence hall fees, meal plans, and other related expenses.

Half of UAF’s full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students receive need-based financial aid and many more students receive merit-based scholarships or other form of sponsorship. Students may check their financial aid status concerning eligibility and award information on UAOnline. Academic advisors cannot access financial aid information about advisees on UAOnline.

Students who receive federal, state, or institutional financial aid must comply with satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirements that are beyond UAF’s academic standards for Good Standing. Besides maintaining a cumulative gpa of 2.0 or higher, students must pass 67% of all course credits attempted (including AU, DF, F, I, NB, NC, NP, and W grades) and complete their degree program within 150% of the number of credits required for the program (ex. less than 180 credits for a 120 credit baccalaureate degree program).

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Academic Plan

 Students who fall short of SAP may be required to complete an SAP Academic Plan Appeal in consultation with their academic advisor of at least two semesters of courses, credits, and minimum course grade required to improve their cumulative GPA and/or course completion rate to meet SAP levels. 

Furthermore, students receiving federal financial aid who withdraw from a course or all courses may be required to pay back any refund received earlier in the semester. 

Academic Appeals Advisor

The Academic Appeals Advisor, through the Academic Advising Center is available for all undergraduate students and academic advisors seeking assistance with academic appeals, petitions, and requests. The student and academic advisor are responsible for completing and submitting all required paperwork, but the Academic Appeals Advisor can review the policies, procedures, and documentation requirements before submission, to avoid any unnecessary delays or requests for information Contact the Academic Appeals Advisor and at 907-474-6396 or uaf-advising@alaska.edu.

Grade appeals must be submitted to the chair of the academic department of the course being appealed.

Dean’s approval is required for overload requests of more than 13 credits for students on Probation or students requesting readmission to a degree program with less than a cumulative gpa of 2.0 and students requesting to be placed on Probation instead of being Academically Disqualified. Requests for an overload for more than 10 credits for students who are Academically Disqualified are submitted to the Vice Provost.

Students who appeal to withdraw or change a course from credit to audit after the withdrawal deadline must submit the appeal for late withdraw/audit to the Office of Admissions and the Registrar in 102 Signers’ Hall.

The Academic Conditional Program Form outlines the required conditions between the student must meet to gain support from the academic advisor for the appeal or overload.

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