Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy & Procedures

Due to COVID-19 disruptions, Spring 2020 grades of W and WU with a last date of attendance of March 1, 2020 or later, will be excluded from the Satisfactory Academic Progress calculation.

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 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.


General Requirements

Students who do not meet the SAP requirements cannot receive financial aid until regaining eligibility. There are two ways to regain eligibility:

  1. Improve your academic performance until you meet the minimum SAP requirements.
  2. Submit a SAP appeal and the appeal is approved

Appeals are reviewed by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and 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 academically disqualified by the University for are also 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 SAP requirements, must notify the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office they are no longer in academic disqualification.  Re-admitted students who also fail to meet the SAP requirements may regaining financial aid eligibility through one of two ways referenced above in the General Requirements section. 

SAP Policy and Appeal Forms: 

SAP Policy and Appeals for 2020-2021: Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021


2020-2021 SAP POLICY: Detailed information on the SAP policy for the 2020-2021 academic year.

2020-2021 SAP Appeals: For the 2020-2021 academic year, SAP appeals will be accepted on our Student Forms portal. You can log in and/or create your account at and will be able to submit your SAP appeal electronically!

  • Fall 2020 Deadline: November 6, 2020
  • Spring 2021 Deadline: April 9, 2021