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Policies & Requirements Financial Aid & Scholarships

About Policies & Requirements

Rights & Responsibility

As a student receiving financial aid at Sacramento State, it is your responsibility to understand and comply with the rules governing the aid you receive. Below is a listing of certain rights to which you are entitled, and certain obligations for which you are responsible as an aid recipient at Sacramento State.
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Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Federal law requires Sacramento State to reasonably measure a student's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in determining eligibility for financial aid. The SAP policy governs eligibility for all Federal and State aid programs.

SAP Standards


Disbursement & Refund of Aid


The Financial Aid & Scholarships Office offers awards based on full-time enrollment. However, disbursement of funds is based on the number of units you are enrolled in at the time of disbursement.

Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 units and graduate students must be enrolled in at least 4 units.

Disbursements of funds begin one week before the start of the semester, will disburse twice a week through Census and continue weekly thereafter. All disbursed amount will apply to your university charges first.

Note: Spring 2021 disbursement begins the week of January 18


After all institutional charges owed to the University (tuition fees, housing, campus fees, etc.) are deducted from your financial aid disbursement, the remaining funds (if any) will be sent to you via eRefund or paper check.

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Repeating or Withdrawing

Repeating a Course

Federal Aid may be awarded to a student once for a previously passed course (i.e., one per class). Passing grades are: “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” and all associated with "+" or "-" as well as a grade of “CR” (Credit). If you receive a passing grade, then enroll in the class a third time, those units will not be eligible for financial aid.

How Course Repetition Impacts Financial Aid

Withdrawing from a Course

Withdrawing from courses after the first day of instruction may cause students to incur partial fees and/or to repay certain types of financial aid. Prorated fees are charged from the first day of the semester until the day of the drop — through 60% of the semester — regardless of when the student enrolled, or when the course began. The deadline to drop from full-time to half-time (to be charged only half-time fees) is the end of the second week of instruction.

How Withdrawal Impacts Financial Aid

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