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Satisfactory Academic Progress

Financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards are mandated by the Department of Education to ensure students are making academic progress toward earning a degree. These requirements must be met by all students wishing 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.


To remain eligible to receive federal aid, students must be meeting all three cumulative financial aid SAP requirements:

  1. Completion Rate (Pace) – Students must maintain at least a 67% cumulative completion rate. Pace is based on program applicable (PA) credits only and is calculated by dividing PA credits earned by PA credits attempted. PA transfer credits ARE included in the cumulative financial aid SAP Pace calculation. Note: Transcripts do not decipher between PA and non-PA credits, therefore they will not show an accurate representation of pace.
  2. Grade Point Average (GPA) – Student must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative Financial Aid GPA, which means that only program applicable credits will be evaluated. Non-PA credits and transfer GPA's are NOT included in the financial aid SAP calculation. Note: Transcripts do not decipher between PA and non-PA credits, therefore they will not show an accurate representation of GPA.
  3. Maximum Time Frame Limit (MTF) – 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

A student's financial aid SAP status is determined at the end of every attended semester, starting at the end of the student's first semester at BYU-Idaho.

SAP StatusDefined
SatisfactoryThe student is meeting the cumulative SAP requirements and is eligible to receive federal aid.
WarningThe student's first semester after falling below cumulative SAP requirements. The student gets a "Warning" semester to try and get back to Satisfactory requirements. They are eligible to receive federal aid while on SAP Warning.
SuspendedThe student is not meeting the cumulative SAP requirements and is not eligible to receive federal aid.
ProbationThe student's SAP appeal was approved, and the student is eligible to receive federal aid as long as they meet semester-specific requirements determined and communicated to them by the Financial Aid Office.

SAP Status Notifications

Financial aid SAP notifications are sent to students on Warning and Suspended status at the end of each attended semester after grades are posted. Students on Satisfactory SAP status will not receive an email notification regarding their SAP status.

Financial Aid SAP Warning: The student remains eligible to receive federal aid. Failure to meet cumulative SAP requirements by the end of their Warning semester 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 financial aid 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 notification 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.