Financial Aid: Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) FAQ’s

The following provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Additional information regarding SAP can be located on the UMUC Satisfactory Academic Progress webpage.

  1. Do I have to submit a SAP appeal every semester?
  2. How long will my SAP appeal take to review?
  3. What happens if I chose not to appeal my SAP standing?
  4. My SAP appeal was approved for the semester. What happens now?
  5. My SAP appeal was denied. What steps can I take to regain my eligibility?
  6. My last grade just posted. When will my SAP be update?
  7. I received a notification my Summer 2017 aid will not disburse until my Spring grades are posted and my SAP has been updated. Will I be dropped from my classes?
  8. When will my Summer 2017 aid disburse?
  9. I do not think I will meet SAP once my grades are submitted. Will my summer classes be dropped?
  No. Appeals are not required every semester. The Satisfactory Academic Progress webpage will guide you to submit the proper appeal for the semester you intend to enroll in.
 
You will be notified via email if your submission is complete and has been forwarded to the Financial Aid SAP Committee for review. The committee typically makes its appeal decisions and notifies students within 10 business days of receipt; however, appeal processing can take longer during peak times between semesters. Each appeal is considered on an individual basis; however, a new appeal cannot be approved if it is based on circumstances that were used in a prior appeal.
 
You can regain eligibility by making up any necessary credits/cumulative GPA at your own expense. Your SAP will be recalculated at the end of each semester to determine if you have successfully met SAP standards. The university’s payment plan can help make this expense more affordable by making monthly payments or look into alternative loan funding.
 
Your appeal grants you one semester to raise your GPA or Completion rate to meet UMUC’s Satisfactory Academic Standards. You will be on probation during this period, and once your grades are submitted and the semester ends your progress will be re-evaluated at that time and our office will communicate with you if you are now meeting the standards or not.
 
You can regain your eligibility by making up any necessary credits/cumulative GPA at your own expense. Your SAP will be recalculated at the end of each semester to determine if you have successfully met SAP standards. The university’s payment plan can help make this expense more affordable by making monthly payments or look into alternative loan funding.
 
The Financial Aid Office automatically runs SAP multiple times a week. Please allow 2-3 business days for your student account to update. You will see the update in your MyUMUC portal.
 
The Financial Aid Office makes every attempt to keep you in your classes; however, it is highly recommend that you consider other alternatives to pay your tuition while your SAP is evaluated.  Please visit the Student Account’s webpage for information on our Interest-Free Monthly Payment Plan.
 
Financial Aid cannot disburse until SAP has updated on your account. If you are meeting SAP once the process runs, your aid will disburse when you meet the eligibility requirements for each of your award(s).
 
If you have determined you do not meet the SAP requirements, we encourage you to make payment arrangements with the Office of Student Accounts to continue your classes uninterrupted.