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Retaining Your Financial Aid

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid

Students who receive financial aid and/or scholarships while attending the University must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) to continue to be eligible for financial aid funding. Progress is measured at the end of each academic year or its equivalent. This measure may be different from the rules of academic progress and probation imposed by individual academic departments.

For financial aid purposes, a student maintains satisfactory academic progress if he/she:

  • Maintains at least 2.00 cumulative GPA for undergraduates, and at least a 2.50 for graduate students.
  • Completes at least 67% of the total hours attempted each semester.
  • Does not exceed 150% of the normal number of credits needed to complete his/her academic program.

Review the full USciences SAP policy.

Notice of Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug-Related Offenses

A federal or state conviction for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while a student was receiving federal student aid, also known as Title IV aid, (such as grants, work-study or loans) will result in the loss of eligibility for any federal student aid. Convictions are not considered if they did not occur during a period when a student was receiving Title IV aid, or the conviction was reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record. In addition, unless tried as an adult, a conviction received when the student was a juvenile does not apply.

If a student’s eligibility for federal student aid has been suspended as a result of a drug-related offense, the student may resume eligibility before the end of the period for which a student is ineligible if:

  • student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program and successfully passes at least two unannounced drug tests administered by an acceptable drug rehabilitation program
  • the drug rehabilitation program must comply with criteria and conduct the two unannounced drug tests

A student regains eligibility the day after the student successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program or when the student’s period of ineligibility ends. Further drug convictions will make a student ineligible for future federal financial aid.


Financial Aid Office


University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Office Location:

Griffith Hall, Room 100




Virtual Appointment with Financial Aid Counselor: