Grades, SAP, & Your Aid

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.