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 on the Financial Aid website. All appeal decisions are final.
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.
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 meet all four SAP components, must notify the Financial Aid Office they are no longer in academic disqualification. Re-admitted students who also failed to meet SAP must follow the appeal process described in the satisfactory academic progress appeal instructions on Form #82.
SAP Policy and Appeal Forms:
SAP Policy and Appeals for 2018-2019: Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019
2018-2019 SAP POLICY: Detailed information on the SAP policy for the 2018-2019 academic year.
2018-2019 SAP APPEAL: Appeal form and instructions for students not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress for the Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and/or Summer 2019 terms.
2018-2019 SAP REVISION: SAP Form to notify of grade changes/unit revisions that can impact SAP status.
SAP Policy and Appeals for 2019-2020: Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020
2019-2020 SAP POLICY: Detailed information on the SAP policy for the 2019-2020 academic year.
2019-2020 SAP APPEAL: Appeal form and instructions for students not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress for the Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and/or Summer 2020 terms.
2019-2020 SAP REVISION: SAP Form to notify of grade changes/unit revisions that can impact SAP status.