Published Monday, April 19, 2021 - 2:46pm

Are you making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?

In order to maintain eligibility for federal, state, and institutional financial aid, a student must be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward the completion of a degree or a teaching certificate.

Students not making SAP after spring grades are posted will have their aid for the summer and/or next fall cancelled.

Satisfactory Academic Progress has 3 components:

  1. Qualitative. All students must maintain good academic standing based on the standards prescribed in Appalachian State University’s Graduate Bulletin and Undergraduate Bulletin (, as applicable.
  2. Aggregate. Total attempted hours should not exceed 150% of the published length of your degree program.
  3. Quantitative. You must earn credit in at least 67% of your attempted credit hours for the degree program.

(Watch this short video to learn more about SAP.)

View the entire Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy .

Students not making SAP may appeal for aid through our secure portal. Requirements will be posted as soon as possible after spring grades are posted and students are encouraged to submit their appeals as quickly as possible. 

We will be taking COVID related issues into heavy consideration and we recommend that you appeal your status if you were impacted by COVID. Circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic (including, but not limited to, the illness of a student or family member, compliance with a quarantine period, or a general disruption resulting from such an outbreak) are considered such an exceptional circumstance.

If you are enrolled in summer classes, once summer grades are finalised, your SAP status will be evaluated.  Fall aid is contingent on Summer grades, a successful SAP appeal, and continuing to meet the terms of an approved SAP appeal. 

If you have any questions regarding the SAP standards or your financial aid offer, please contact our office or make an appointment to meet with a counselor.

Published Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - 9:42am

Summer bills were sent to students on April 22. Schedules will be canceled for non-payment on May 17. If your financial aid is not finalized, you may protect your schedule against cancellation by consenting to the Payment Agreement on Touchnet! 

When you login to your TouchNet account, you will have the option to confirm that you have a source of funding to cover your fall balance. The Payment Agreement will protect your schedule from the cancelation process and give you time to cover your balance.

We highly encourage all students to complete the Payment Agreement Form if their financial aid is not finalized.

(If you have chosen to enroll in a payment plan for the term, your schedule is automatically protected.)

Please feel free to contact our office if you have questions regarding your financial aid!

Published Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 2:00pm

Financial aid is available to assist students taking classes over the summer.

Summer aid eligibility will be evaluated based on actual summer enrollment for 2021. We will begin reviewing enrollment and evaluating eligibility during the early registration period. (There is no separate application for summer aid.) Most financial aid requires a minimum of 6 credit hours of enrollment for eligibility. During the summer, those hours can either be divided into 3 credit hours per session or 6 credit hours in one session.  

It is important to note that May 25 is the last day to add classes for ALL summer sessions to be considered for financial aid eligibility. If you have not filed your 2020-2021 FAFSA, there is still time to complete an application at

Want to learn more about summer financial aid? We have additional information on eligibility criteria and the types of aid available at

Want to talk with a counselor about summer aid?  Our office is currently operating remotely and counselors are available to talk with you about your summer plans and options for financial aid! You can email our office at, call us at 828-262-2190, or schedule an appointment.  More information on our remote service arrangements here: