Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Academic Plan

Students who have an approved SAP appeal will automatically be placed on a SAP Academic Plan

  1. Students’ are placed on Financial Aid Suspension for failing to meet at least one of the SAP policy criteria:
    1. not having the minimum required GPA
    2. not passing at least 67% of their courses (including transfer)
    3. exceeding the maximum time-frame to complete degree program
    4. exceeding the maximum number of withdrawal hours
  2. Students on Financial Aid Suspension are not eligible to receive federal financial aid or the Sumner’s grant.
  3. Students placed on Financial Aid Suspension can submit a SAP Appeal Form to request to have their aid reinstated for the appeal semester (limited to three SAP Appeals).
  4. Students with an approved SAP appeal will be placed on Financial Aid Probation for the approved semester and will automatically be placed on a SAP Academic Plan.
  5. Students must successfully meet all the conditions of their SAP Academic Plan.
  6. The SAP Academic Plan will be reviewed at the end of the probation semester.
  7. Student’s SAP status will be re-evaluated at the end the probation semester.
  8. If after the Financial Aid Probation semester, the student has met all the conditions of their SAP Academic Plan, he/she can continue to receive financial aid (if otherwise eligible) until the length of the plan has expired.
  9. Students who do not meet the criteria of their SAP Academic Plan will be placed back on Financial Aid Suspension until they are once again meeting the SAP policy requirements or submits another successful appeal.
  10. Conditions of SAP Academic Plan
    Students must meet all of the following criteria on their academic plan to be granted an additional semester of financial aid:
    1. Take all courses listed on your academic plan
    2. Earn minimum 2.5 GPA (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduates) for the appeal semester.
    3. Do not drop or withdraw from any courses listed on your academic plan
    4. Pass all courses listed on your academic plan - do not make any ‘F’s
  11. Length of SAP Academic Plan

    SAP Issue Length of Plan
    GPA up to 4 semesters or student is once again meeting conditions of SAP policy
    PACE – 67% up to 4 semesters or student is once again meeting conditions of SAP policy
    Max-time up to 2 semesters or student is once again meeting conditions of SAP policy
    Withdrawals up to 2 semesters or student is once again meeting conditions of SAP policy
    Academic Amnesty up to 4 semesters or student is once again meeting conditions of SAP policy
    Others Based on individual approval set by Financial Aid Administrator
  12. Additional requirements to remain on SAP Academic Plan:
    1. After the Financial Aid Probation semester, student will be required to submit a SAP Statement of Understanding/Academic Plan each semester (by the established deadline) in order to remain on SAP Academic Plan.
    2. If student fails to submit the SAP Statement of Understanding/Academic Plan by the established deadline, then the student would not be eligible to have their semester of aid extended. The student will be placed back on Financial Aid Suspension if still not making satisfactory academic progress.
    3. If student submits a SAP Statement of Understanding/Academic Plan, however, at the next SAP evaluation, has failed to meet all the conditions of the SAP Academic Plan, the student would NOT be granted an additional semester of aid. The student would be placed back on financial aid suspension, unless student is now making satisfactory academic progress.
    4. If the length of the SAP Academic Plan has expired and the student is still not making satisfactory academic progress, then the student would not be eligible for another extension of aid. The student would need to submit another SAP appeal to request their aid be reinstated. Students are limited to three SAP appeals.
    5. Submitting a SAP Statement of Understanding/Academic Plan does not guarantee automatic extension of financial aid not does it indicate that students is eligible for financial aid.
    6. If at the end of the SAP review, student is once again making satisfactory academic progress or has now graduated from their degree program, the SAP Academic Plan will no longer need to be required.
  13. The SAP Academic Plan will remain in effect until either:
    1. Student is once again meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy requirements
    2. Student has graduated from degree program
    3. Student has met the length of academic plan
    4. Student fails to meet the conditions of academic plan

For additional information regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress, please free to visit https://www.sfa.msstate.edu/policies/satisfactory-academic-progress/.

Students can also check the status of their SAP status via their myState account (https://my.msstate.edu). Choose "Satisfactory Academic Progress" under the Financial Aid menu to view current status.