Satisfactory Progress

Federal regulations stipulate that in order to continue to be eligible for Title IV financial aid (including Unsubsidized Direct Loans, Direct Grad PLUS Loans, and Federal Work Study), you must be making satisfactory progress toward a degree.

Full-time students at ASL do NOT make satisfactory academic progress if they:

  • Receive more than 12 credit hours of “Not Proficient” or “Fail” grades after two semesters in the School
  • Fail to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.1; or
  • Exceed a maximum time frame of nine semesters for earning their J.D. degree.


If you fail to meet the satisfactory progress standard, you may appeal to the Dean. The appeal will be evaluated for mitigating circumstances resulting from personal illness, injury, and tragedy, etc., and your ability to improve your academic record.

Ordinarily, a successful petition for academic probation will suffice as a request for continued financial aid. A successful appeal would result in your being placed on financial aid probation with continued receipt of financial aid funds. If you fail to meet the standard at the end of the probationary period, then you will lose eligibility for aid. Only one probationary period will be granted.

Students who lose eligibility without an appeal or whose appeal is denied may regain eligibility for federal aid by leaving ASL for one year. They can request to have their academic record reviewed after a term in attendance to ascertain whether the course work taken will bring them up to the appropriate level.

For specific guidance on good standing and academic probation, please refer to the ASL Academic Standards (Chapter 5; Section X).