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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

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Students enrolled in full semester courses must submit their completed appeal no later than the Friday of mid-term week of the semester for which they are appealing for financial aid. Students enrolled for less than a full semester (i.e. summer session) must submit their appeal by the midpoint of their enrollment period.

Deadline to submit appeal forms:

 Fall Deadline: October 14, 2022

 Spring Deadline: March 3, 2023

2022-2023 Academic Year:

The forms below are for Fall 2022, Spring 2023, & Summer 2023. 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 any 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.