Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Process

Federal regulations require institutions to monitor the academic progress of financial aid recipients. Grand Valley's Satisfactory Academic Policy is to provide financial aid to students capable of remaining in good academic standing and who make adequate progress toward a degree.

Students must meet the academic requirements below, to remain eligible for financial aid. Grand Valley must take into consideration ALL attempted Grand Valley credits regardless if financial aid was received for those credits.

A student's financial aid eligibility is reviewed each semester. For more information on the policy, please see the SAP policy disclaimers and definitions.


Warning Status

Students who fail to meet the SAP eligibility requirements will be placed on SAP financial aid warning for one semester. Students are only given a warning status after having been in a SAP eligible status.

If a student is unable to regain eligibility by meeting the minimum SAP requirements after one semester (while on warning status) they have the option of completing the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form. All appeal forms should be turned in to the financial aid office in a timely fashion to allow the committee time to review your request prior to the end of the drop/add period of the semester which the appeal is being requested. The form is available on the financial aid website under the forms section and will require a student to provide an Academic Plan as part of their appeal.

Probation Status

If an appeal is approved students will be placed on SAP financial aid probation for one semester and will be required to earn a 2.5 semester GPA or a 2.0 cumulative GPA (i.e. 3.0 Semester GPA or cumulative GPA for Graduate/Doctoral) and complete all enrolled credits (will include only credits enrolled in at the end of the 100% drop/add period each semester). At the end of the semester students will be reviewed to determine eligibility for the following semester.

Academic Plan Status

If students are unable to regain overall eligibility within the one semester probationary period, but were able to meet the requirements of their SAP probation status they will automatically be placed in an Academic Plan status and their eligibility will be reviewed at the end of each semester to ensure that they are meeting the requirements of their academic plan. While in an Academic Plan status students will be required to earn a 2.5 semester GPA or a 2.0 cumulative GPA (i.e. 3.0 Semester GPA or cumulative GPA for Graduate/Doctoral) and complete all enrolled credits (will include only credits enrolled in at the end of the 100% drop/add period each semester). At the end of each semester students will be reviewed to determine eligibility for the following semester.

Ineligible Status

If students were unable to meet overall eligibility or the minimum requirements of their Probation or Academic Plan status they will not be eligible to receive aid for subsequent semesters without an additional appeal, which may require a meeting with a financial aid administrator who will determine the appropriate course of action to assist the student in determining how to successfully meet SAP requirements.

If an appeal is denied students may regain financial aid eligibility by taking courses and achieving the minimum SAP requirements at their own expense.