Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy & Procedures

A review of student Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward an eligible degree or certificate is required by federal, state, and institutional rules as one condition for financial aid eligibility.  Students that are not meeting the standards for satisfactory academic progress are not eligible to receive financial aid funding.  There are limited opportunities to appeal.  SAP is reviewed at the end of each term.  Appeal procedures and deadline information are posted every June on the Financial Aid website.  All appeal decisions are final.

General Requirements

Students who do not meet SAP cannot receive financial aid until after they submit an appeal, AND the appeal is approved by the Financial Aid Office. The appeal must include supporting documentation as applicable.  Appeals are reviewed by the Financial Aid Office and it reserves the right to deny an appeal.

Satisfactory completion of coursework means that a student has received a grade of A, B, C, D or CR in a class.   Course grades of F, NC, I, W, RD, WU, RP, or AU will not be counted as satisfactory completion of units in relation to financial aid eligibility. 

Academic Standing

Students are required to remain in good standing according to academic standards consistent with the University’s requirements for graduation, probation and disqualification which are published in the University Catalog.  Students disqualified by the University are ineligible for financial aid and subject to automatic cancellation of financial aid awards.  Students are not eligible for financial aid until after an official re-admittance to Fresno State. Re-admitted students, who met all four SAP components, must notify the Financial Aid Office they are no longer in academic disqualification (Form #82). Re-admitted students who also failed to meet SAP must follow the appeal process described in the satisfactory academic progress appeal instructions.


SAP Policy and Appeal Forms:

SAP POLICY:  Detailed information on SAP

2018-2019 SAP APPEAL:  Appeal form and instructions for students not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress

SAP REVISION: SAP Form to notify of grade changes/unit revisions that can impact SAP status.