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Satisfactory Academic Progress

If you receive US Federal Student Aid funds, you will have your academic progress assessed at the end of each payment period (each trimester).

Victoria University of Wellington is required by US federal law (34CFR 668.16) to define and enforce standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) on US Federal Student Aid recipients.

Our guidelines have been established to help you progress and successfully complete your academic programme.

Your progress assessment will consider two parts: your academic standing, defined by a satisfactory grade point average (qualitative component), and your maximum timeframe and pace, which is your timeframe eligibility for degree completion (quantitative component).

Your progress assessment will consider the following:

  • academic standing
    • satisfactory grade point average (qualitative component)
  • maximum timeframe and pace
    • timeframe eligibility for degree completion (quantitative components).

To remain eligible, you must meet the minimum requirements of the assessment, as well as the Victoria University of Wellington Academic Progress Statute and Immigration New Zealand visa legislation.

You will be assessed on all study you have undertaken at Victoria University of Wellington, even if you did not receive US Federal Student Aid at the time of previous study.

For more information, read the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.