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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

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Federal regulations require that you meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards to maintain your eligibility for federal financial aid.

The Basics


SAP monitors your academic work at the end of each semester in three categories:

  • GPA
  • Pace (credits earned out of credits attempted)
  • Maximum Time (overall credits taken towards your degree)

If you fail to meet any of the three standards, you will see a Hold on your Student Center. For the the Maximum Time standard, the Hold will prevent you from receiving federal financial aid (without a warning semester).

For the GPA and Pace standards, the first time you fall below the standard, you will receive a Warning Hold and can be eligible for financial aid during your one warning semester. If you fail to meet the SAP standards for GPA and/or Pace after two semesters, a Hold will prevent you from receiving federal financial aid.

SAP holds do not impact registration. You can still enroll in classes and pay out-of-pocket or with alternative loans.

Regain Your Financial Aid Eligibility


You can regain financial aid eligibility after a SAP hold in one of two ways:

If your SAP appeal is approved, you are placed on a SAP academic plan. On an academic plan, you may continue receiving financial aid while you work to meet SAP standards. Failure to meet your academic plan requirements would result in another SAP hold.

For further information, refer to Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

Check your SAP Status


  1. Log into my.BoiseState.edu
  2. Check your internet settings to allow pop-up screensr
  3. Go to your Student Center
  4. Select the Student Homepage tile
  5. Select the Financial Aid tile
  6. Select the appropriate Aid Year
  7. Select “SAP Status”

SAP Status OutlinedClick image to enlarge


SAP Status OutlinedClick image to enlarge