Undergraduate Financial Aid

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (FASAP)

Answers to commonly-asked questions about FASAP.

The academic progress of all Federal financial aid recipients must meet minimum standards set forth by the Federal Government in order for the student to receive Federal financial aid. Minimum standards for Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (FASAP) apply to all recipients of federal and/or state assistance. Brown University ensures that all federal aid recipients are meeting Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (FASAP) each academic year following both the fall and spring semesters.

Review the FASAP policy

Frequently Asked Questions

Brown does not calculate GPAs for its students. The Committee on Academic Standing (CAS) does expect students to complete a minimum number of credits based on the number of semesters enrolled.

Based on the number of credits completed and the number of semesters enrolled, CAS places students in the following categories: Good Standing, Warning, Serious Warning or Suspended. CAS determines if a student is Refused Registration and gives permission for students to return to Brown after a leave of absence. For full details on the number of credits required to maintain satisfactory academic progress, review the FASAP Policy.

All financial aid awarded at Brown is based on financial need; therefore, a student will not receive additional financial aid based on academic performance at Brown. However, all students receiving financial aid are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the Committee on Academic Standing (CAS).

Brown University ensures that all federal aid recipients are meeting FASAP each academic year following both the fall and spring semesters.

If the Committee on Academic Standing places a student on Serious Warning, they risk losing federal financial aid during the following academic year. Students placed on Serious Warning receive a warning notification from the Dean of the College. For specific details about the effects on financial aid, review the FASAP Policy.

If the Committee on Academic Standing documents mitigating circumstances, the Office of Financial Aid will review those circumstances and determine if financial aid may be reinstated. Brown cannot award federal financial aid to a student who is not making satisfactory academic progress. An academic plan must be in place.

If a student meets all of Brown's renewal application and deadline requirements for the academic year, and the Dean of the College’s Office approves the term(s) as required to complete a degree and/or concentration, they will be considered for University Scholarship.

For students who have been approved by the Dean of the College’s Office for an Optional Ninth Term, there is no eligibility for University Scholarship.