FAQs

Questions about the financial aid process at UH? Check here for answers. If your question isn't addressed here, feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office.

Why do I have to make Satisfactory Academic Progress to receive financial aid
Federal law requires that schools administering federal aid set a minimum academic performance standard in order to continue to receive financial aid. A school must monitor a student’s qualitative (GPA) and quantitative (course completion) performance.

If I am not making academic progress and am denied my aid, may I still receive my loans?
No, Satisfactory Academic Progress is calculated for ALL federal programs administered by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at the University of Houston.

What do quantitative and qualitative measurements mean?
Quantitative measurements refer to your cumulative GPA.

Qualitative measurements monitor:

  1. Ratio of courses completed. The # of courses you completed vs. the # of courses you attempted.
  2. Total attempted hours. The total number of courses you enrolled in to receive your degree.

Will my transfer credit count toward the quantitative measure of my academic performance?
Yes, the law requires that we consider ALL course work accepted by the University in our calculations of the ratio of courses completed and cumulative hours.

Why must my SAP be calculated after every semester?
The minimum required time intervals for evaluating SAP are unchanged from current rules. However, schools that elect to evaluate SAP after each payment period are afforded greater flexibility than other schools in dealing with a student who fails to maintain SAP. In an effort to provide students the most flexibility, we have closely evaluated our current policy and opted to calculate SAP every semester.

Is there a deadline to submit a SAP appeal?
We strongly encourage you to submit your SAP Appeal by the priority deadline appeal submission date, August 16, 2012 (Fall), January 3, 2013 (Spring). The final deadline to submit an appeal for the Fall 2012 semester is September 13, 2012 and for the Spring 2013 semester, January 31, 2013. Appeals submitted after the final deadlines will not be accepted and/or denied.

If I am not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress, will I be dropped on August 20, 2012 (Fall), January 7, 2012 (Spring), fee payment deadline, due to non-payment?
Appeals not received by the priority deadline appeal submission date, August 16, 2012 (Fall), January 3, 2013 (Spring), are subject to being dropped due to non-payment and no selection of a payment or deferment plan.

When will my financial aid funds be released?
Disbursement of loans begins on the first day of classes if no eligibility requirements are pending completion or review. Remember that loans require at least 6 credit hours of enrollment.

Grants will disburse the day after ORD. Remember that certain grants require minimum enrollment (i.e. 9 credit semester hours for TX Grant).

When will my appeal be reviewed?
We strongly encourage that you submit your SAP Appeal as soon as possible. Appeals will be reviewed within eight weeks of receipt of the appeal.

Where do I submit my Appeal Form?
Appeals can be emailed to SAP@uh.edu, faxed to our office at (713) 743-9098 or dropped off to our SFA counter in the Welcome Center.

Can I use the same document I used last semester to appeal?
If you have failed to make progress, you must complete a new appeal form each semester you are requesting aid and you are not meeting our minimum academic progress requirements.