Office of Financial Aid

University of Mississippi

Academic Plan Requirement: Undergraduate/Graduate Completion Rate

All students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress(SAP) in order to retain Title IV aid eligibility as directed by the U.S. Department of Education.

One of the SAP standards is referred to as Completion Rate and there are regulations (see below) regarding the maximum allowable attempted credit hours it takes a student to complete a certain degree.

Students who are submitting financial aid suspension appeals due to being close to or exceeding this number of allotted attempted hours for a certain degree program must complete the Academic Plan Confirmation Form. The form is to be taken to your academic advisor for input and then to be signed by the Dean’s Office in your department.

The form must then be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid and the student will be notified of the appeal decision by email to their account.

Only courses which are verified by the academic advisor and Dean’s Office for degree completion will count toward federal student aid eligibility.

Completion Rate Standard:

An undergraduate student’s total number of hours attempted at UM and all other institutions (including attempted hours gained in pursuit of prior undergraduate degrees or attempted hours gained in prior declared majors) cannot equal or exceed 180 hours.

Graduate students will not be eligible to receive aid once they have attempted 72 total hours in pursuit of a Master’s degree, 100 hours in pursuit a Specialist degree, or a grand total of 160 hours in pursuit of all graduate degrees, including Doctorate.

Law students will no longer be eligible to receive aid once they have attempted 120 total credit hours.

Pharmacy Students will no longer be eligible to receive aid once they have attempted 174 credit hours as a PY2, PY3, and PY4 student.

Please take a moment to carefully review the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy so that you may make a strong plan to address your academic performance: