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Satisfactory Academic Progress - 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 MySacState Student Center.  The annual SAP review begins at the end of the academic year. 

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standing

Students who do not meet the Minimum Cumulative GPA and/or Satisfactory Current Pace (75 percent) Standards may file an appeal. If approved the student will be placed on a probation status for a SAP semester review or until all SAP standards have been met. 

Students who do not meet the Satisfactory Cumulative Pace (75 percent) Standard may file an appeal.  If approved the student will be placed on a probation status for a SAP semester review or until all SAP standards have been met.  In addition to the appeal, students in this category must submit an Cumulative Academic Plan signed by their academic and/or major advisor.  The Cumulative Academic Plan is designed to help students plan their coursework to meet the SAP Standards, as well as, meet their degree objective.  Students who are disqualified for the Cumulative Standard only will be required to file a SAP Appeal if they received a non-passing grade in the prior academic year semester attended (includes summer/winter sessions).  If not, then only a Cumulative Academic Plan will be requested.

Students who exceed the Overall Degree Progress Standard 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  SAP semester review. In addition to the appeal, students in this category must submit an Official Academic Plan signed by their academic and/or major advisor.  The Official Academic Plan must include the specific courses needed to graduate, the semester you plan to enroll each course and your expected graduation term. 

Students pursuing a 2nd degree or certificate who exceed the unit requirement for their major, are allowed to appeal only once for consideration of aid.  If approved the student will be placed on a probation status for a SAP semester review.  In addition to the appeal, students in this category must submit an Official Academic Plan signed by their academic and/or major advisor.  The academic plan must include the specific courses needed to graduate, the semester you plan to enroll each course and your expected graduation term. 

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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
  • Students pursuing multiple majors are required to submit an academic plan for each program

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Appeal Conditions

Career Standing Disqualification Appeal Conditions

Undergraduate Post-baccalaureate

Minimum Cumulative GPA Standard


and/or


Satisfactory Pace Standard (75%) for
Current and/or Cumulative

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

  • Attended another college/university
  • Extreme change in financial or legal circumstances
  • Loss of Child Care
  • Serious illness or injury to self/famly or birth of child
  • Compulsory military duty
  • Other Extenuating Circumstances
Undergraduate Post-baccalaureate

Overall Degree Progress Standard (150%)


or


Over Units for 2nd Degree (100%)

Students disqualified in these categories may appeal if they have 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 to self/family or birth of child
  • Compulsory military duty
  • Other Extenuating Circumstances

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Rev. 8/2016

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