George Mason University Office of Military Services

Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students at George Mason University who receive federal financial aid must make satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their degrees within a reasonable period of time. The University's standing committee on financial aid has approved the following standards defining satisfactory progress, in accordance with regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education.

Undergraduate Students

An undergraduate student is considered to be making satisfactory progress if he or she:

  • Is admitted and enrolled as a degree student
  • Meets the minimum scholastic measures required for financial aid recipients
  • Maintains measurable progress toward the completion of the degree
  • Completes degree requirements within a reasonable length of time

Minimum Scholastic Requirements

In order to maintain the minimum scholastic requirements, the student must maintain the minimum GPA indicated below according to the number of credit hours earned (including transfer credit).

Credit Hours EarnedRequired George Mason University GPA
0-30 1.5
31-60 1.7
61-90 1.9
91 or more 2.0

Measurable Progress Requirement

In order to maintain measurable progress toward the completion of their degrees, students must successfully complete 67 percent of all George Mason University credit hours attempted. (Hours attempted include repeated courses, dropped courses, withdrawals, and incomplete courses.) This measure becomes effective when a student has attempted 24 George Mason University credit hours.

Reasonable Length of the Requirement

At George Mason University, a reasonable length of time for the completion of a degree program is generally defined as no more than 150 percent of the normal time required to complete a degree program. Coursework that transfers into a degree program will adjust the time frame accordingly. A student who is working toward a degree level he or she has already completed or exceeded (i.e., second bachelor's degree) will have his or her reasonable length of time established at no more than 100 percent of the normal length of the program minus any coursework that transfers into the program.

Graduate and Law Students

Graduate and law students are considered to be making satisfactory progress if they comply with the academic regulations and time frames described in the Mason Graduate School catalog or the Mason School of Law catalog, respectively.