Conditions for Appeal
You may regain eligibility once you have met all standards listed in your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) contract or if you are eligible to file an appeal and it is approved. You may view your current SAP status in your Student Center. The disqualification notice sent to your To Do list will provide instructions for filing an appeal. Eligibility is determined at the end of the academic year for all students.
Students who did not meet the University academic standards at the time SAP was reviewed and are now in good standing, may establish financial aid eligibility by providing our office with written notification of their status.
Students who did not meet the Minimum Cumulative GPA and/or Satisfactory Pace (75 percent) Standards may file an appeal. If approved the student will be placed on a probation status for a term SAP review or until all SAP standards have been met.
Students who exceed the Overall Degree Progress Standard (150 percent) required of their degree program, are allowed to appeal only once for consideration of aid. If approved the student will be placed on a probation status for a term SAP review. In addition to the appeal, students in this category must submit an Official Academic Plan signed by their major advisor. The Official Academic Plan must include the specific courses needed to graduate (includes General Education), the semester you will complete each course and your expected graduation term. Requests to extend your aid due to a change in your expected graduation term will not be considered.
- Financial aid awards will be based on coursework required for degree completion.
- The Financial Aid Office may place a Financial Aid Hold on a students record if the enrolled courses for the term are not listed on the academic plan.
- Academic plans will be reviewed each term to determine enrollment of required degree objective coursework. Failing to enroll in degree objective coursework may result in the repayment or adjustment of aid.
- Students pursuing multiple majors are required to submit an academic plan for each program.
Students pursuing a 2nd degree or certificate are automatically disqualified and may appeal only once for consideration of aid. If approved the student will be placed on a probation status for a term SAP review. In addition to the appeal, students in this category must submit an Official Academic Plan signed by their major advisor. The academic plan must include the specific courses needed to graduate, the semester you will complete each course and your expected graduation term. Requests to extend your aid due to a change in your expected graduation term will not be considered. Official Academic Plan Conditions as stated above also apply.
Appeals will be available after grades have posted
- Annual SAP review: mid-June for upcoming year
You must wait until you have been notified of your disqualification on your To Do list to submit your appeal
You will receive a SAP hold specific to the term in which you failed to meet one of the SAP standards. Holds can be viewed on your My Sac State Student Center.
- If you are eligible to file an appeal, your To Do list will populate with a link to complete an appeal online. After you have submitted your appeal online, you must print a hardcopy of your appeal to submit to the Financial Aid Office.
- You must also provide all other SAP checklist items as requested on your To Do list (if applicable). Monitor your My Sac State Student Center regularly.
The timeline for appeal decisions is up to three weeks. Please note during our peak periods, appeal decisions may take longer. All applicants will receive a Sac State message regarding the outcome of their appeal. All appeal decisions are final.
Fall Term: Monday, September 30, 2013
- If you are a Fall 2013 only student at Sacramento State, you must adhere to this deadline for Fall 2013 aid.
- If are attending Sacramento State for the academic year and you submit an appeal after this deadline it will not be considered for Fall 2013 aid. You will need to submit another appeal for spring aid.
Spring Term: Friday, February 21, 2014
- If you are a Spring 2014 only student at Sacramento State, you must adhere to this deadline for Spring 2014 aid.
- If you attended Fall 2013 and missed the Fall term deadline, you may submit an appeal for spring aid.