Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) encourages students to meet academic requirements in order to receive federal aid. Students who remain in Satisfactory Financial Aid SAP status may continue to receive federal aid. Students should check their BYU-Idaho email and financial aid portal frequently.


  1. Pace (Completion) Requirements – Students must have earned passing grades in at least 67% of all of the program applicable (PA) credits attempted (calculated by credits earned divided by credits attempted). Note: transcripts do not decipher between PA and non-PA credits therefore it is not an accurate representation of pace.
  2. Grade Point Average Requirements – Students must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative BYU-Idaho GPA which includes both PA and non-PA credits.
  3. Maximum Time Frame Limit (MTF) Requirements – Students must be able to complete their program/major within 150% of the total credits required by their declared program. Changing majors can have a significant impact on the maximum credits allowed for a degree program.

SAP Status

SAP Status


 Satisfactory The student is meeting the cumulative SAP requirements and is eligible to receive federal aid.
 Warning The student was previously meeting cumulative SAP requirements but is no longer. They are eligible to receive federal aid for one more semester unless they return back to Satisfactory status.
 Suspended The student is not meeting the cumulative SAP requirements and is not eligible to receive federal aid.
 Probation The student's SAP Appeal was approved and the student is eligible to recieve federal aid as long as they meet semester-specific requirements determined and communicated to them by the Financial Aid Office.

SAP Status Notifications

Students NOT meeting SAP requirements will receive an email with their SAP status at the end of any attended term after final grades are posted. 

Financial Aid SAP Warning: The student remains eligible to receive federal aid for one more semester. Failure to meet cumulative SAP requirements by the end of the next attended semester will result in financial aid SAP Suspension.

Financial Aid SAP Suspended: The student is not eligible to receive federal aid but may choose to appeal their status (see SAP Appeal Process).

SAP Appeal Process

Students who are currently enrolled and failing to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements are suspended from receiving federal aid. If all requests/required SAP documents are not submitted by the appeal deadlines, federal aid for the semester will be permanently cancelled and the student will be financially responsible for tuition and fees.

Students who experienced an unforeseen circumstance after the start of their unsatisfactory semester(s) may consider appealing their Suspended financial aid SAP status:

  1. Complete the SAP Appeal Request (link found in the SAP Suspend email) within 7 days from receiving the email notification.
  2. An email with further instructions will be emailed after the SAP Appeal Request has been reviewed. If the request is accepted, students will have the opportunity to further explain their situation and solutions in a document found on their financial aid portal.
  3. Appeal decisions will be emailed and updated on the student's portal.
    • Appeal Approved - The student will be placed on a financial aid Probation status in which they will need to meet specific semester requirements until they meet the cumulative SAP requirements. 
    • Appeal Denied - The student will remain ineligible for federal aid and must meet the cumulative SAP requirements in order to be eligible for federal aid again.

SAP Appeal Deadlines

SAP Appeal Request: Link found in the initial SAP notificaiton email. Must be submitted online within 7 days of receiving the SAP suspend email.

SAP Appeal Document: Will only be added to the student's financial aid portal if the SAP Appeal Request is accepted. Must be submitted through the student's financial aid portal within 7 days from the date the SAP Appeal document was added.