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Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Federal Financial Aid Recipients

The academic requirements for the JD, LL.M and SJD degree programs at Harvard Law School include the satisfactory completion of the JD, LL.M and SJD curriculum.  The progress of each student working towards a law degree is monitored carefully, and the determination of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is reviewed annually by the Office of the Registrar.  At the end of each academic year, students must have academic standing consistent with HLS’s curricular and graduation requirements.  

Federal regulations require that all students who receive federal financial aid must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to remain eligible for federal student aid consideration.  

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) tests three components:

1. A qualitative component: academic standing
2. An incremental quantitative component: completion rate of credit hours earned divided by credit hours attempted
3. An overall quantitative component: maximum time for the completion of a student’s academic program.

The Office of the Registrar evaluates SAP on an annual basis and informs Student Financial Services if a student is not meeting the academic requirements as outlined on the Registrar’s websites listed below:

Failure to satisfy these requirements will result in the loss of financial aid eligibility until satisfactory progress has been made and confirmed with the Office of the Registrar, an Ad Board review and possible suspension of Harvard Law School.

Last modified: April 29, 2013

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