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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal regulations require that all students meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards to maintain eligibility for federal financial aid. SAP monitors students’ academic work in three categories: GPA, Pace (credits earned out of credits attempted), and Maximum Time (overall credits taken towards your degree)

The Basics

  • SAP is monitored at the end of every semester.
  • If you fail to meet any one of the three standards, you will receive a “warning” notification via a hold on your Student Center. This hold still allows you to enroll and receive aid for the following semester.
  • Failing to meet the SAP standards after two semesters will result in a HOLD. This prevents you from receiving federal financial aid.
  • A SAP hold has no impact on registration. You may still enroll in classes and pay out-of-pocket or with private, alternative loans.
  • You may regain financial aid eligibility after a SAP hold by either meeting the standards through your academic work in future semesters OR by having an approved SAP appeal.
  • If you have a SAP appeal 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:

  1. Access your Student Center by logging in at
  2. Turn off your internet browser’s pop up blocker.
  3. Go to your Student Center and scroll down to Finances on the left-hand side of the screen.
  4. Locate the drop down box that says “other financial…”
  5. Choose “Check SAP Status.”