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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Financial aid is offered from federal, state, private, and UAA and while eligibility conditions are unique to each program, one common student responsibility that applies to all federal, state, and UAA awards is the requirement to remain in an "ELIGIBLE" Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status.. Students who are not meeting SAP will not be eligible for most types of financial aid programs without having an approved appeal or by reinstating themselves through specific student actions. Regularly meeting with your academic advisor will help you to develop a plan to consistently meet the SAP requirements.
What is SAP?
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the federal requirement that students make real and measurable progress toward their degree in order to be eligible to receive federal aid. SAP was created due to increasing accountability for the use of federal, state, and institutional student financial aid funds. Universities and students are required to demonstrate that financial aid funds are being used to assist students in efficiently completing their academic goals. In order to remain eligible for federal, state, and most institutional financial aid, students must comply with the SAP standards represented in the University of Alaska SAP Policy.
All students are monitored for SAP whether or not they applied for or received financial aid during prior semesters. Students are not eligible for federal, state, or institutional financial assistance if they do not meet SAP requirements.
- What Does my SAP Status Mean?
To view your SAP status...
1. Go to UAOnline,
2. Click on the Financial Aid tab,
3. Select UAA,
4. Select Financial Aid Status,
5. Select the appropriate Academic Year.
6. Review your overall financial aid status. Your SAP (academic progress) status will be listed.
What does my SAP status mean?Status
The student is meeting all SAP standards and is eligible to receive financial aid.
125% Early Alert
The student is meeting all SAP standards and is eligible to receive financial aid. This is an informational status to advise students they are approaching the 150% maximum timeframe for their primary degree program.
The student has been placed on financial aid warning for one semester after they failed to meet the GPA and/or the cumulative completion rate standards.
This warning status allows students to receive financial aid for one additional semester of enrollment without need for appeal or any other action. This gives students an opportunity to rectify their academic progress for the next semester. Students must meet ALL SAP standards by the end of the warning term or have financial aid eligibility suspended.
The student has been suspended from receiving financial aid if they did not meet the GPA or cumulative completion rate by the end of their warning semester. The student may have also been suspended for failing to complete their program by the established maximum timeframe.
Students on financial aid suspension are ineligible for federal, state, and institutional aid. The financial aid suspension affects only financial aid and does not prevent a student from enrolling and paying for classes on their own. Suspension will persist until the student either reinstates their eligibility or successfully appeals for an exception to policy.
The student was on financial aid suspension but successfully appealed. Students on probation are eligible for financial aid disbursements but must meet the requirements of their academic plan and the conditions of their appeal until they can reinstate their eligibility. Students who fail to meet the requirements of their academic plan or the conditions of their appeal will be placed back on financial aid suspension.
- What are the minimum requirements to be in a status eligible for financial aid?
- When does evaluation and notification happen?
Frequency of Evaluation
UAA evaluates SAP at the end of each semester after grades are posted. Students are evaluated to determine their financial aid eligibility for the upcoming semester.
Every student who receives financial aid must be making SAP, regardless of whether they are a first-time applicant or have received financial aid in the past. First-time freshman with no prior post-secondary coursework are presumed to be meeting the SAP standards for their first semester of enrollment and will be eligible for financial aid.
SAP evaluations are based on the student’s enrollment status. Undergraduate students will have only undergraduate coursework counted in their SAP evaluation. Similarly, graduate students will have only graduate coursework counted in their SAP evaluation.
Shortly after SAP is evaluated, Financial Assistance staff will notify students who fail to meet the minimum SAP standards. Staff will inform students via email to their preferred email address that they have been placed on financial aid warning or financial aid suspension. SAP is evaluated for each student within the UA system regardless of whether they are using financial aid or not.
SAP status can also be found on UAOnline under the "Financial Aid" tab under "Eligibility".
- Are there classes, programs, or rules could make me ineligible for financial aid?
- Occupational Endorsements: Some occupational endorsement certificates do not qualify for financial aid under federal, state, and UAA rules. Check with the UAA Financial Aid Office to make sure you are admitted into an eligible program.
- Audit Grade Mode Classes: Classes taken in "audit" grade mode are not eligible for financial aid. Students must be taking a class for credit, actively participate, and earn a successful grade at the conclusion of the course in order to avoid violating several federal aid eligibility rules.
- Repeat Courses: Students may receive financial aid funding once for repeating a previously passed class; a failed course may be repeated until it is passed.
- Remedial Coursework: Students who enroll in remedial coursework (less than 100 level) may receive financial aid.
- eLearning and Distance-Delivered Courses: These courses count toward the credit hour load and may be used to fulfill credit hour requirements for financial aid if the courses are required for a student’s degree program. Note: Students are still required to complete these classes within the term that they enroll (year-long correspondence courses are NOT eligible for financial aid).
- Challenge courses and 500-level courses: These courses are NOT fundable by any type of financial aid.
- Institutional Funds: Students receiving most scholarships, grants, or tuition waivers from UA are expected to meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements listed in this document. Please be advised, however, that some scholarships and waivers require a higher GPA for continued receipt.
- Other Sources of Aid: Students receiving scholarships or financial aid from such sources as State of Alaska, BIA, regional and village corporations, civic groups, and private organizations will be evaluated under the requirements of the funding agency.
- Disbursements: Appeals may be approved for current or future semesters only and cannot be approved for a prior term. Funds cannot be disbursed for prior semesters when a student had failed to maintain satisfactory academic progress.
- Financial Aid Warning: A student in good standing who fails to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements will be placed on Warning for the first semester s/he falls below the cumulative 67% standard and/or who fails to meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement.
- Financial Aid Suspension: Financial aid suspension will result from:
- Failure to complete the minimum percentage of credits and/or cumulative GPA required after being on Financial Aid Warning.
- Academic Disqualification, Dismissal, or removal from program as defined by the academic catalog.
- Exceeding 150% of the maximum number of credits required for graduation from the student's program.
- Failure to meet the requirements of an appeal approval and/or academic plan.
- How can I appeal my current status or regain eligibility for financial aid?
UAA does not have the authority to waive SAP requirements. However, the UAA Office of Financial Aid may make exceptions to the requirements in individual cases, if the student can demonstrate his or her failure to meet the minimum standard was caused by exceptional or unusual circumstances beyond his or her control. To be eligible for an exception to policy, students must appeal their SAP status.
The Office of Financial Aid will email students notifying them of their status and advising them of their right to appeal while providing a link to the appeal form and instructions. Students may obtain additional copies of the appeal form at the UAA Enrollment Services Center in the Student Union building or from the UAA Financial Aid Forms website.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)