SAP Appeal Process


Students who are eligible to file a SAP Appeal, must submit the appeal and all required documentation to the Financial Aid Office by the published deadlines.  Monitor your My Sac State Student Center regularly.  If your appeal requires additional information, you will be notified via your Student Center.

SAP Appeal Process

  1. Filing Your SAP Appeal
  2. SAP Appeal Information
  3. Submitting Your SAP Appeal
  4. SAP Appeal Decision
  5. SAP Deadlines & Conditions

1. Filing your SAP appeal

  • Appeals will be available after Spring grades post: mid-June for the upcoming year.
  • To view the results of your SAP standing, go to your Student Center and select the "Satisfactory Academic Progress" link under the Finances section.
  • Save your SAP appeal online and print a hardcopy to submit to the Financial Aid Office, with all requested documents.
  • Appeal decisions is up 3 - 5 weeks, from each document received.  Therefore, to avoid delays submit your documents at one time.
  • You should be prepared to pay your tuition fees in full or sign up for the Installment Payment Plan and make the required payments.  
  • Students will receive a Sac State message regarding the outcome of their appeal.

2. SAP appeal information

  • Your SAP appeal must provide extenuating circumstance(s) as to why you did not meet one or more of the SAP standards.
    • SAP Over Unit appeals must explain all graded coursework (including transfer, repeated coursework, etc.) attempted that do not apply towards your current degree objective.  All coursework is counted in this calculation regardless if you received aid, changed majors, earned military credit, Credential, etc.
    • SAP GPA/Unit appeals must explain the coursework that you received a non-passing/low-grade in, that as a result, you did not pass the minimum GPA standard and/or pass 75% of coursework attempted.
  • To avoid delays in the review of your appeal, you should submit all documents at one time.  Also, your appeal shoulud explain all semesters, transfer units (if applicable), courses attempted that impacted your SAP progress.
  • After your have saved your appeal online, you cannot go back and change it.  You must provide a signed supplemental statement addressing any additional items that you did not include in your appeal.  Submit this statement to the Financial Aid Office promptly for consideration.
  • Every appeal must have documentation.  Your documentation should correspond with the specific semester(s) stated in your appeal.  Therefore, should have dates and full names of individuals mentioned in the appeal, including yourself. 
  • 2nd degree students who exceed their major units and students who exceed 150% of their degree objective, must provide an Official Academic Plan for each major/minor program.  Aid for Minors are not approved unless it is a requirment for your degree program.

3. Submitting your SAP appeal
Every SAP appeal should include the following, unless otherwise stated:

  • Hardcopy of your SAP appeal.  If you need to update your statement or add to it, attach a signed supplemental statement to your appeal.
  • Documentation for the exentuating circumstance(s) explained in your appeal. 
  • An Official Academic Plan for 2nd degree students who exceed their major units and 150% disqualified students.

4. SAP appeal decision

Approved SAP appeals
If your appeal is approved, you will receive an "Approved SAP Appeal" notification on your To Do list for the semester that it is approved for.  If your financial aid file is complete, you should receive an Award Noitification within two weeks.  If your file is not complete, submit all requested documents listed in your To Do list for review.  Document processing timeframe is 6 to 8 weeks from the last document received.  

Students who filed an appeal for Over Units, will have their awards based on the coursework listed on the Official Academic Plan.  Adjustments can be made based on information received by Degree Evaluations or Graduate Studies.  Appeals may be approved up to the graduation term listed on the plan or as determine by the Financial Aid Office.

You will be placed on a probation status, for a semester review until you have met all SAP standards or up to your approved term.

Denied SAP appeals
If your appeal is denied, you will receive an email notification to the email address provided on your Student Center.   You may consider the following options to help fund the current semester and/or the remainder of your program.



Appeal Deadlines 2014-2015

Appeals submitted after the published deadlines will not be reviewed


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Fall 2014 Term:  Monday, September 29, 2014

  • If you are attending Fall 2014 only, you must adhere to this deadline.
  • If you are attending the academic year and you submit an appeal after this deadline, it will not be considered for Fall 2014 aid. You will need to submit another appeal in Spring for spring aid. 
  • If you did not submit an appeal in the Fall 2014 term, you must submit an appeal for Spring to be considered for spring aid.

Spring 2015 Term: Friday, February 20, 2015

  • If you are attending Spring 2015 only, you must adhere to this deadline.
  • If you attended Fall 2014 and missed the Fall term deadline or did not submit an appeal in Fall, you must submit an appeal for spring aid.
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: If you attended the fall term and file a Spring appeal, before your Spring appeal is considered, Fall grades must post. You MUST make satisfactory academic progress as determined in the SAP Progress Probation Check

 

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Career Disqualification Appeal Conditions
Undergraduate Graduate

Minimum Cumulative GPA Standard
and/or
Satisfactory Pace Standard (75%)

Students disqualified in these categories may appeal if they meet at least one of the following conditions:

  • Death of a parent, guardian, spouse, sibling or child
  • Extreme change in financial or legal circumstances
  • Loss of Child Care
  • Serious illness or injury of a parent, guardian, spouse or   child; birth of child; clinical diagnosis of disorder or assessment of disability that impeded academic learning
  • Compulsory military duty
  • Other Extenuating Circumstances
Undergraduate Graduate

Overall Degree Progress Standard (150%)
or
Over Units for 2nd Degree

Students disqualified in these categories may appeal if they meet at least one of the following conditions:

  • Break in enrollment
  • Death of a parent, guardian, spouse, sibling or child
  • Extreme change in financial or legal circumstances
  • Loss of Child Care
  • Serious illness or injury of a parent, guardian, spouse or   child; birth of child; clinical diagnosis of disorder or assessment of disability that impeded academic learning
  • Compulsory military duty
  • Other Extenuating Circumstances

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Rev. 8/8/2014