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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal regulations require that you meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards to maintain your eligibility for federal financial aid. SAP monitors your academic work in three categories:

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

The Basics

  • SAP is monitored at the end of each semester
  • If you fail to meet any of the three standards, you will see a “Hold” on your Student Center. This hold still allows you to enroll and receive aid for the following semester.
  • If you fail to meet the SAP standards after two semesters, your “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 private, alternative loans.
  • You can regain financial aid eligibility after a SAP hold in one of two ways:
    • meet academic standards in future semesters
    • have an approved SAP appeal
  • 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.

Check your SAP Status

  • Log into
  • Turn off your internet browser’s pop-up blocker
  • Go to your Student Center and scroll to Finances on the left side of the screen
  • Locate the drop-down box that says “other financial…”
  • Choose “Check SAP Status”