Unsatisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Academic
For the purpose of this policy, “semester” refers to a
sixteen-week academic period or a set of two terms that are linked
together (also referred to as linked-terms or linked-mods). “Term”
refers to an eight-week academic period. Often, the word “term” is
used interchangeably with the word “module.” Saint Leo University’s
academic year consists of 2 semesters or 4 terms.
All students receiving Federal Title IV financial aid, state aid
or Saint Leo institutional aid must adhere to the university’s
published policy on satisfactory academic progress. The Higher
Education Act as amended by Congress mandates that higher education
institutions establish minimum standards of “satisfactory academic
progress” for students receiving financial aid.
Satisfactory academic progress standards are evaluated at the
end of each semester. Students receive a warning when not meeting
all or part of the standard and are given one additional semester
to meet the standard. Those that do not meet the standard after the
warning period are not eligible for financial aid. Ineligible
students may be able to appeal the decision.
Requirements to meet the satisfactory academic progress
Graduate Students: A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
is required at all times.
Treatment of courses:
Satisfactory academic progress is evaluated at the end of each
payment period (i.e., fall, spring, and summer semesters). The
following financial aid eligibility statuses are assigned after the
How to Re-establish Eligibility
There are two ways a student can re-establish their eligibility
for financial aid:
If a student has experienced special circumstances (e.g.
illness, job related issues, family illness or for maximum time
frame; dual major, second degree, etc.) during the most recent
evaluation period that s/he did not meet standards of academic
progress, they may submit an appeal to reinstate financial aid
eligibility. Appeal forms are available on the SLU Financial Aid
website. The student must also submit supporting documentation and
a completed SAP Academic Plan form when submitting the appeal form.
If the request is granted, the student will be placed on financial
aid probation for a minimum of one semester.
The following financial aid eligibility statuses are assigned if
probation is approved:
If the request is not granted, the student will
remain ineligible for financial aid until they meet all minimum
Students may not submit an appeal for two consecutive review
periods. Undergraduate students in a four year program may submit a
maximum of two appeals for the duration of their program,
undergraduates in a two year program and graduate students may
submit a maximum of one.
Appeal must be submitted by week 5 of the semester when
the student became ineligible in order to be applicable to the
Notifications are sent via email to the student's Saint Leo
email address within 30 days of the university receiving a complete