Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
To view or download the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find answer to many of the frequently asked questions with regard to Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
Is there a deadline to submit a Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form?
The deadline to appeal Financial Aid Disqualification and receive financial aid for Spring 2015 is February 13, 2015. To meet the deadline your appeal must be received by Student Financial Services or Bison Connection on or before the appeal deadline.
How do I calculate my semester or cumulative GPA?
To calculate your GPA please use a GPA Calculator
I am thinking of dropping one or more credits. How will it affect my financial aid?
Before you drop, here are some important things to consider:
I am on financial aid disqualification and I cannot receive federal aid. What are my options for paying tuition?
If you don't have resources available to self-pay, you may wish to consider one of the following:
I am on financial aid disqualification now but I am completing my credits and I think I can be removed for the next semester. What do I need to do to get reinstated?
Contact Brigit Sprenger at 701-231-8397 or email@example.com to request reinstatement, after your current semester grades have been posted. Also, complete a FAFSA if you haven't already done so.
How do I know if I am on financial aid warning or disqualification?
Check your Campus Connection To-Do list. If you are on warning or disqualification, it will be noted there. In addition, we send an email to the NDSU email account for all students who are on warning or disqualification. This is done just after grades are posted each term. Ultimately, the responsibility of knowing what the satisfactory academic progress requirements are rests with each NDSU student. If you are not sure if you are on warning/disqualification, you should check Campus Connection or contact Student Financial Services. We also encourage you to read the SAP policy each semester.
How do I know whether or not I should appeal my disqualification?
Appeals are encouraged if you had an extenuating medical or emotional problem that negatively impacted your academic performance. Appeals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but our general guidelines for acceptable appeals include: hospitalization, surgery, medical illness, depression, anxiety, ADD, death in the family, etc. Appeals that are not considered extenuating include: working too many hours, dropped courses due to changing major, did not like the class or instructor, was unaware of drop date or policy requirements.
Nobody told me that I had to complete a certain number of credits or earn a certain GPA. How was I supposed to know this?
Due to the number of students at NDSU, we are not able to notify each individual of the satisfactory academic progress requirements. We do publish our policy annually and whenever there is an update. The complete policy is posted on our website. In addition, we discuss the requirements in detail at Orientation during the Guide to Student Finances at NDSU session. It is also covered in our financial aid information booklet, which is available on our website. Ultimately, final responsibility for knowledge of and adherence to the SAP guidelines rests with the student.
If I am on financial aid disqualification does that mean I cannot attend school at all?
No. If you are in good academic standing you can still attend NDSU, you just cannot receive federal aid while you are on disqualification. If you are in need of funding to cover your educational costs you may wish to consider an alternative loan. Information on alternative loan options can be found by clicking
What if I have a grade change?
If you have a grade that is changed or posted after you have been placed on financial aid warning or disqualification you should notify Student Financial Services once the grade has been posted to your transcript.
Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal
You may complete the form below if you are on financial aid disqualification and you wish to appeal. Please adhere to the deadlines on the appeal form.
The deadline to appeal Financial Aid Disqualification and receive financial aid for Summer 2015 is June 30, 2015 and September 24, 2015 for the Fall 2015 semester. To meet the deadline your appeal must be received by Student Financial Services or Bison Connection on or before the appeal deadline.