Appeal for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

If you do not meet the satisfactory academic progress standards to receive aid, you may be eligible to appeal.

Appeals are to be submitted in writing only. If you are approved on appeal, your academic performance will be reviewed at the end of each term.

Forms

Requirements

If you are approved on appeal and fail to meet the following guidelines, you will be denied aid and will not be eligible to appeal again until the following award year:

  • Take coursework that is applicable to your degree or certificate program; and
  • Successfully complete at minimum 67% of all courses attempted in each term following the appeal approval; and
  • Complete all coursework with a term GPA of 2.0 or higher in each term following the appeal approval; and
  • You are within the maximum time frame allowed in any prior appeal

Documentation

In order for you to be eligible to appeal the denial of aid due to not successfully completing courses with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and/or due to not successfully completed at least 67% of all coursework with Sacramento City College, you must provide the following documentation that covers all periods of enrollment:

  • Medical documentation that supports that you were medically unable to attend classes for reasons beyond your control; or
  • Verification (obituary or death certificate) of a death in your immediate family. Immediate family for purposes of a financial aid appeal is parents, siblings, children, spouse or grandparents; or
  • Verification of military orders for military personnel and their families that have been temporarily reassigned or called to active service; or
  • Verification of natural disasters beyond your control that impacted your academic performance; or
  • Personal tragedies that were beyond your control and are documented by a 3rd party professional, i.e. police, courts or medical; and
  • Statement from you detailing the reason for the deficiencies, what action has been taken to ensure it will not occur in the future.

150% of required units attempted

To be eligible to appeal the denial of aid due to having attempted 150% of all the units required for a degree or certificate program (this total attempted units includes completed units from other colleges), you must provide the following documentation:

  • If you have attempted 150% of the units required for a degree or certificate: statement detailing the reason for any deficiencies and/or reasons for not remaining at this level of education and what action has been taken to ensure it will not occur in the future.

150 or more units attempted

If you have attempted 150 or more units, you are not eligible to appeal the denial of aid regardless of the reason (this total attempted units includes completed units from other colleges). If you have been previously approved on an appeal you may remain eligible if you:

  • Take coursework that is applicable to your degree or certificate program; and
  • Successfully completed at minimum 67% of all courses attempted in each term following the appeal approval; and
  • Complete all coursework with a term GPA of 2.0 or higher in each term following the appeal approval; and
  • You are within the maximum time frame allowed in any prior appeal

Failure to Submit Documentation

If you do not submit documentation to support your appeal for all periods of deficiency, your appeal is subject to be denied.

Once an appeal decision has been rendered, the appeal decision is final and cannot be appealed for the remainder of the year. Once you have resolved your deficiencies and meet the satisfactory academic progress criteria, you must notify the Financial Aid Office to re-evaluate your financial aid eligibility.

SAP Workshops (Online & In Person)

If you have been suspended from financial aid due to failure to meet the satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirements, then you must attend and a SAP Workshop Online or In-Person.