Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy


Sacramento State is required by federal law to reasonably measure a students Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in determining eligibility for financial aid.  The SAP policy governs eligibility for all Federal and State aid programs.  When accepting financial aid, the student acknowledges their obligation to maintain SAP according to the standards established by Sacramento State. 

Students who do not meet SAP are disqualified from receiving financial aid, unless they are eligible to file an appeal and the appeal is approved.  If the appeal is approved, the student is placed on probation and will be reviewed on a semester basis.  SAP is reviewed annually after Spring grades post for continuing students.  

SAP is measured in three areas and all three standards must be met

1. Minimum Cumulative GPA Standard
Students must meet the annual minimum cumulative GPA based on their career program.

Career Program GPA
Doctoral, Graduate, 2nd Masters, Unclassified Graduate, and Credential 3.0
Second Bachelor 2.5
Undergraduate 2.0

2. Overall Degree Progress Standard

Students are required to complete their degree/certificate within 150 percent of their program degree objective.

All graded coursework are counted, including transfer units, repeats, in-progress and withdrawals. SAP review also incorporates all unsuccessful coursework attempted at Sacramento State (i.e. “F”, “I”, “NC”, “W”, “WU”).

Probation Warning
Students who have completed 120 percent of attempted coursework will receive a warning notification.  This early warning enables the student to seek academic advisement for degree completion.


3. Satisfactory Pace Standard

The satisfactory pace standard is an overall ratio of Sacramento State units earned to Sacramento State units attempted.  Students must pass at least 75 percent of units attempted.

All graded coursework are counted, including repeats, in-progress and withdrawals. SAP review also incorporates all unsuccessful coursework attempted at Sacramento State (i.e. “F”, “I”, “NC”, “W”, “WU”).  Transfer units are not included in this calculation.

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Rev. 05/30/2015