Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Federal Student Aid regulations require students receiving
financial aid must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards their
degree/certificate programs. Students must meet all SAP standards to maintain
their financial aid eligibility.
Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress Consist of Three Measurements:
Academic Renewal and SAP
1. Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA in accordance with university academic standards.
- Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative NAU GPA.
- Graduate students must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative NAU GPA.
The GPA calculation
does not include: Transfer, Audit, and In Progress hours; Incompletes; courses
reported as withdrawn (W is listed as grade on transcript); non-credit remedial
courses; undergraduate courses taken at
graduate level; College Level Exam Program (CLEP), or any other credit by exam.
2. Pace of Progress
Effective summer 2014, graduate and undergraduate students must successfully complete 67% of total attempted units during their current degree level at NAU.
Pace of Progress: Total number of earned units divided by total number
of attempted units.
Attempted Units: Total
units earned at NAU and all transfer units listed on NAU transcript; courses
completed with a failing grade; courses listed as Incomplete and In Progress;
courses reported as withdrawn; non-credit remedial courses; undergraduate-level
courses taken during graduate career; and repeated courses.
Earned Units: Units
successfully completed with a grade of A, B, C and D and earned toward current
degree level. Earned units do not include courses completed with a failing
grade; audited courses; courses listed as Incomplete and In Progress; courses
reported as withdrawn; non-credit remedial courses; undergraduate-level courses
taken during graduate career; and repeated courses.
3. Maximum Time Frame
Complete degree program within
150% of the published units required for the degree.
Students will be suspended when
they have attempted the following:
- Certificate Program - 22 units
- Bachelor's Degree - 150 units
- Master's Degree - 45 units
The attempted units and grades removed during
the Academic Renewal
be included towards the number of attempted units
and the cumulative grade point average for SAP conditions.
Good SAP Status
Students are evaluated annually to ensure they are meeting
the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. Evaluation must be
completed at the end of each spring term before financial aid disburses for the
upcoming term and/or academic year. Exception: students in certificate
programs will be evaluated at the end of each term.
Personalized Learning students are
evaluated at the end of each subscription period. This process must be
completed before financial aid can be disbursed for the upcoming subscription.
All incoming transfer students or
students returning to the university are also evaluated. SAP standards are
based on cumulative measures, including units accepted for transfer.
All students must meet all three SAP standard requirements listed above to be
eligible to receive federal and state financial aid.
A student who is meeting all three SAP
standards at the time of evaluation. Students will be notified via email.
Suspended SAP Status
Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility for Students With Suspended SAP Status
who fails to meet one or more SAP standards at the time of the evaluation. A
student with a SAP suspended status is not eligible for financial aid for the
current and subsequent terms unless it is appealed and approved. Suspended students
will be notified by email and letter.
not prevent a student from enrolling in courses.
does not withdraw students from courses.
Aid Reinstatement Options
complete coursework that improves NAU cumulative GPA to a 2.0 minimum and/or
reach a minimum 67% completion rate. Although evaluation is conducted at
the end of each academic year, you may request a SAP review at anytime.
Students who are at or near the Maximum Time Frame cannot improve their
status by continuing to complete courses.
the failed condition(s) via the SAP Appeal Form. The following must be submitted:
- Complete and signed SAP Appeal Form
- Personal Statement
- Supporting Documentation
- Maximum Timeframe Requirement: Academic Plan completed by the
student and advisor.
Submission of an appeal is not a guaranteed reinstatement
of financial aid eligibility.
If an appeal
is approved, the student will be placed on financial aid probation. Conditions
determined by the financial aid advisor must be met per guidelines set in place
for the following terms. The student is evaluated at the end of each term to
determine if conditions are met and eligibility to receive financial aid
determined conditions are not met, the student is ineligible for additional
financial aid at NAU for future terms until Satisfactory Academic Progress
standards are met.
SAP Appeal Forms and Information