Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

To maintain eligibility for federal student assistance, students must maintain progress in their academic programs. Progress has both qualitative and quantitative aspects: that is, the student must be attaining acceptable grades over a limited time period in order to complete his or her academic objective. The school is responsible for establishing the specific requirements for satisfactory academic performance, tracking their students’ progress, and enforcing the consequences of unsatisfactory progress.

Related terms: Student Eligibility; Administrative Capability

Academically Eligible and Ineligible Pell Grant Community College Students: A Qualitative Investigation (Community College Review) Web URL

A Matter of Degree: Using Behavioral Science to Identify Barriers to Credit Intensity and Satisfactory Academic Progress (MDRC) PDF

Federal Financial Aid Policy Change: The Impact of the 2010 Revised Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines on Student Retention (ProQuest Dissertations Publishing) Web URL

Monograph #25, Satisfactory Academic Progress (National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators) Web URL

Pell Grants as Performance-Based Scholarships? An Examination of Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements in the Nation’s Largest Need-Based Aid Program (Research in Higher Education) Web URL

Performance Requirements in Need-Based Aid: What Roles Do They Serve, and Do They Work? Research Brief (Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment) PDF

Satisfactory Academic Progress AskRegs Knowledgebase Q&As (National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators) Web URL

Satisfactory Academic Progress Self-Study Guide (National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators) Web URL

Understanding Satisfactory Academic Progress And Persistence: A Case Study (University of New England) Web URL

(Un)Fulfilling Requirements Satisfactory Academic Progress and its Impact on First-Generation, Low-Income, Asian American Students (Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs) PDF

What Works for Today's Students - Satisfactory Academic Progress Reset (Higher Learning Advocates) PDF

668.34(a)(6) Web URL

Electronic Announcement, 5/15/20 Web URL

UPDATED Guidance for interruptions of study related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Electronic Announcement, 4/3/20 Web URL

2020-21 FSA Handbook, Vol. 1, Ch. 1 PDF