NAU Satisfactory Academic Progress appeal process
Students may appeal their SAP status relating to scholarships and financial aid
Students may submit an appeal for any of the three Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. The appeal form and all required documentation should be submitted to NAU Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at the same time to avoid delays in processing. Allow up to 25 business days to receive a decision via NAU email. Submission of an appeal is not a guarantee of approval and/or reinstatement of financial aid eligibility.
This form must be completed if you’ve been notified that you are approaching or exceeding NAU’s SAP maximum timeframe.
The deadlines to submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress appeal to regain financial aid eligibility for each term are:
- Fall – November 1
- Spring – April 1
- Summer – July 1
NOTE: Financial aid SAP suspension does not automatically withdraw students from the university or prevent them from enrolling in courses. Contact the Office of the Registrar for information on an official withdrawal from NAU.
Satisfactory Academic Progress probation
If an SAP Appeal is approved, students are considered to be on SAP Probation, wherein certain conditions must be met to maintain financial aid eligibility. These conditions will be documented in the decision emailed to each student. Probation statuses and consequences are:
- Probation – NAU student is required to meet specific probation conditions and progress will be reviewed at the end of each semester. If conditions are not met, financial aid for the upcoming semester will be canceled and the student will be placed on SAP Suspension.
- Exceptions Failed – NAU student failed to meet probation conditions and is again ineligible for financial aid. The student can appeal again for reconsideration, but only if his/her circumstances have changed since the original appeal.
- Last Eligible Term – This is an NAU student’s last eligible term to receive financial aid based upon probation conditions, unless his/her academic career changes from undergraduate to graduate.