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Financial Aid Eligibility Factors

There are a number of factors that come into play regarding Financial Aid eligibility. Some types of aid may have additional eligibility requirements not listed below.
Be sure you review all of the terms of any financial aid you accept, and understand all of the eligibility requirements to receive and maintain that aid.
Contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions about eligibility.

Adjustments to Financial Aid Awards based on Enrollment Status

The amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive can be affected by your enrollment status, or the number of credits you are enrolled in.

NOTE: Please note that repeated courses may or may not count toward your financial aid enrollment as there are federal limits on paying financial aid for repeated courses. Please see Repeat Coursework and Financial Aid Enrollment for more information.

Federal PELL Grant (PELL):

Actual amounts are subject to Federal Payment Schedules.

  • 12+ credits = 100%
  • 9-11 credits = approx. 75%
  • 6-8 credits = approx. 0-50%
  • 1-5 credits = approx. 0-25%
 Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG):
  • 6 or more credits = 100%
  • Less than 6 credits = 0%
 Special Non-Resident Fee Waivers (SNRW):
  • 12+ credits = 100%
  • Less than 12 credits = 0%
Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan
Federal Parent PLUS Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
Federal Graduate PLUS Loan for Graduate Students
Federal Perkins Loan:
  • 6 credits = 100% (subject to Cost of Attendance adjustment)
  • 0-5 credits = 0%
  • Award subject to Cost of Attendance adjustment and "pro-rated" loans for fall semester graduating seniors
 State and Federal Work Study Programs:
  • 6 credits = 100%
  • 0-5 credits = 0%
 State and Institutional Scholarships:
  • In most cases 12+ credits = 100%
  • Less than 12 credits = 0%
  • Refer to your scholarship award notification for confirmation.
 Private Scholarships:
  •  Please refer to the parameters established by your donor.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Idaho State University is required by federal regulation to develop and apply a standard for satisfactory academic progress (SAP) for students receiving federal financial aid. This includes a qualitative and quantitative standard. For most programs at ISU a student is required to maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (3.0 for graduate students) and complete at least 67% of the courses attempted. In addition, the maximum timeframe for financial aid is defined as 150% of the published degree requirements. Failure to maintain SAP will result in a warning or denial of financial aid.

Appeal Policy and Forms

Deadline to submit appeal forms:
  • Summer - Midpoint of student's summer semester enrollment.

2023-2024 Academic Year:

The forms below are for Fall 2023, Spring 2024 & Summer 2024. Submit all forms & requested documentation by or before the semester deadline.



If an appeal is granted, the student will be placed on a SAP contract.

At the end of the contract term, the student must be in compliance with SAP standards or have met the terms of the contract.

If the student cannot be in compliance by the end of the contract term, the academic plan must indicate the term in which the student will be in compliance.

The student must continue to follow the academic plan until both the proper GPA and the required completion rate of 67% of all credits attempted are achieved. If Student is denied for Maximum Credits attempted, they must meet the terms of their contract exactly as their Degree Plan states. 


Students who are not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) or are on a SAP contract may experience delays in receiving financial aid the following term.

SAP standards and contract terms, including credits completed and grades, must be reviewed before the further financial aid can be disbursed. Students who are not in compliance will be denied future financial aid and may appeal.

In all cases, the outcome of any appeal depends on the nature of the circumstances, the quality of documentation provided, how the circumstances are being resolved or managed, and how well the student has demonstrated whether good progress is being made toward earning a degree.

Eligible Non-Citizen Status

To be eligible for Financial Aid, you will need to complete this form if the U.S. Department of Education could not confirm your status as a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States.

If your status as a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States could not be confirmed, the Office of Financial Aid must verify your status before the we can establish your eligibility for assistance. We cannot continue processing your application until we receive the information requested below:

2023/2024  Verification of US Citizenship - Eligible Non-Citizen

Selective Service is no longer a factor in determining federal financial aid eligibility