SAP Conditions & Process

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.  

SAP review begins after Spring grades post: mid-June.  You will be notified of the results (i.e., eligible for aid or disqualified).  To view the results of your SAP standing, go to your My Sac State Student Center and select the "Satisfactory Academic Progress" link under the Finances section. Students who are eligible to file a SAP Appeal, must submit the appeal and all required documentation by the semester deadline.  Monitor your Student Center regularly for updates and notifications.

SAP Priority deadline: July 10, 2017

  • File by the priority deadline to receive a response on your appeal by August 11, 2017

Fall 2017 deadline:  September 8, 2017

  • If you are attending Fall 2017 only, you must submit your appeal online and your SAP documentation by this deadline

Spring 2018 deadline: February 9, 2018

  • If you are attending Spring 2018 only, you must submit your appeal online and your SAP documentation by this deadline
  • If you attended Fall 2017 and did not submit a Fall appeal or your Fall appeal was incomplete, you must submit a Spring appeal for consideration of spring aid

    IMPORTANT NOTE: If you attended the Fall semester and file a Spring appeal, Fall grades must meet the SAP Progress Probation Check for your Spring appeal to be considered.  You MUST make satisfactory academic progress in Fall before you regain eligibility for Spring.

Appeal decisions are 3 - 5 weeks once all SAP documents have been received.  While your appeal is being reviewed, you should be prepared to pay your tuition fees in full or sign-up for the Installment Payment Plan and make the required payments to avoid being dropped from your classes.

1. Filing a SAP appeal

  • A SAP appeal will be "Initiated" on your Student Center To Do List
  • Submit your SAP appeal online (appeals will not be available on your Student Center after the deadline)
  • Submit all SAP appeal documentation "Initiated" on your To Do List to the Student Service Center by the deadline

2. SAP Appeal Decision

  • Approved SAP appeals
    • You will receive an email notification and a message on your To Do List for the semester that it is approved
    • You will be placed on a probation status and must make progress each semester while on probation to maintain aid eligibility
  • Denied SAP appeals - you will receive an email notification and a financial aid hold
    • You may consider the following options to help fund the current semester and/or the remainder of your program
          *Pay your tuition fees in full or sign-up for the Installment Payment Plan
          *Drop to part-time (6 or fewer units) to pay the reduced tuition fees
          *Withdraw before the University deadline to receive a refund of fees paid
          *Enroll at a Community College (you should discuss this option with an Academic Advisor)
          *Apply for scholarships
          *Apply for a (credit based) alternative loan

3. Award Notification - There are various conditions that must be met before you are considered for aid

Students who do not meet:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA
  • Satisfactory Current Pace (75 percent) Standard
  • Satisfactory Cumulative Pace (75 percent) Standard
  • Overall Degree Progress Standard (exceed maximum time-frame)
  • 2nd degree or certificate (exceed maximum time-frame)

May file an appeal for consideration of aid. If approved the student will be placed on a probation status for a semester review or until all SAP standards have been met. 

Appeal Requirements

Student must submit a complete SAP Appeal before their appeal is reviewed.

Minimum Cumulative GPA and Satisfactory Current Pace (75 percent) Standard

  • Online SAP Appeal
  • SAP Appeal documentation

Satisfactory Cumulative Pace (75 percent) Standard

  • Online SAP Appeal
  • SAP Appeal documentation; and/or
  • Cumulative Academic Plan (if requested)


Overall Degree Progress Standard and 2nd degree/certificate

  • Online SAP Appeal
  • SAP Appeal documentation
  • Official Academic Plan

Students who exceed the units required of their degree program can appeal only once for consideration of aid.  If approved the student will be placed on a probation status for a SAP semester review.  Student must pass Probation review every semester until degree/certification program has been completed.

Official Academic Plan Conditions

  • Financial aid awards will be based on coursework required for degree completion
  • Academic plans will be reviewed each semester to determine enrollment of required degree objective coursework.  Failing to enroll in degree objective coursework, may result in the repayment or adjustment of aid

 Additional SAP Information

  • All SAP documentation must be submitted (i.e., appeal, documentation and academic plan (if applicable)) before a decision can be made
  • Every appeal must have documentation that corresponds with the specific semester(s) stated in your appeal, including full names of individuals mentioned