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Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Federal law requires students to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as a requirement for financial aid.

Students are measured by three criteria; all criteria must be met.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) FAQ's

Minimum Cumulative GPA Standard

Students must meet the annual minimum cumulative GPA based on their career program.

  • 3.0: Graduate (Doctoral, 2nd Masters, and Credential)
  • 2.5: Second Bachelors
  • 2.0: Undergraduate

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.

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.

Appeal Standards

Probation Status

Probation is defined as a status a school assigns to a student who is failing to make satisfactory academic progress and who successfully appeals.

Federal regulations require that you make SAP progress at the end of your probation semester before you can continue to receive aid. Students on a probation status, must pass the following two grade check reviews:

  1. Pass at least 75% (Satisfactory Standard Pace) of the courses attempted during the Probation semester.
  2. Receive grades that meet the minimum GPA specific to your academic plan:
    • Undergraduate students must have a minimum semester GPA of 2.0
    • Second Bachelor must have a minimum term GPA of pass the probation semester with a minimum of a 2.5
    • Graduate or Credential must have a minimum semester GPA of 3.0

Appeal Decisions

  1. Students will be notified by email.
  2. If approved, you will be placed on a probation status and must make progress each semester while on probation to maintain aid eligibility.
  3. If denied, 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.