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 My Sac State 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.

Sacramento State Academic Standing

Students who did not meet the University academic standards at the time SAP was reviewed and are now in good standing, should provide our office with a copy of their reinstatement to the University.

Students should notify the Financial Aid Office as early as possible to receive notification of their SAP review and required SAP documents.  You must submit your SAP Appeal and required documents by the posted deadlines. 

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standing

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 SAP term 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 major courses needed to graduate, the semester you expect to complete each course and your expected graduation term. 

Students pursuing a 2nd degree or certificate who exceed their 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 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.  Official Academic Plan Conditions also apply. 

Official Academic Plan Conditions

  • Financial aid awards will be based on coursework required for degree completion.
  • Academic plans will be reviewed each term (after CENSUS) 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.

Rev. 5/23/2014