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Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Frequently Asked Questions


Below you will find answer to many of the frequently asked questions with regard to Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).  If you have a question that is not addressed in the FAQ below, please call NDSU One Stop at 701-231-6200.

Is there a deadline to submit an appeal form?

Yes.  The deadline to submit an appeal form is listed under the SAP Appeal Forms section.  

How do I calculate my semester or cumulative GPA?

To calculate your GPA we recommend using a GPA calculator based on the same point system as NDSU:

A = 4 points

B = 3 points

C = 2 points

D = 1 point

F = 0 points

An example of this type of calculator can be found by clicking here:  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 financial aid. What are my options for paying my educational expenses?

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 but I'm currently enrolled and I think I can be removed for the next semester. What do I need to do to get reinstated?

If you successfully completed at least 67% of your attempted credits and earned a 2.0 or higher GPA for the semester but you do not meet the cumulative requirements, submit the appeal form at the end of the semester based on the category of "academic success". 

If you successfully completed at least 67% of your attempted credits and earned a 2.0 or higher GPA for the semester and you also meet the same cumulative requirements, you will automatically be removed from Disqualification, Probation, or Plan of Study when we run the SAP process following grade posting at the end of the semester.  We do not notify you if you've been removed from Disqualification, Probation, or Plan of Study, but you will be able to check Campus Connection to confirm that the hold has been removed.  

Important — A period of non-enrollment will not result in regaining your financial aid eligibility.

How do I know whether or not I should appeal my Financial Aid Disqualification status?

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 (SAP) 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 SAP requirements in detail at Orientation during the Guide to Student Finances at NDSU session.  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, but you will not be eligible to receive most financial aid programs while you are on disqualification. If you are in need of funding to cover your educational costs you may wish to consider a private student loan.  Please call One Stop at 701-231-6200 if you have further questions. 

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, please notify One Stop as soon as the grade has been posted to your transcript.


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Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2836 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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