Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is about ensuring students are able to complete their academic program in a timely manner while achieving minimum academic standards.  In an age of increasing accountability of the use of federal student aid funds (and other federal, state, and institutional funds), institutions and students must demonstrate financial aid funds are being used to assist students in completing their academic goals in the most efficient way.

Federal regulations mandate all students are required to maintain SAP toward a degree in order to receive financial assistance through Title IV federal financial aid (including, but not limited to, the Pell Grant, Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan, Perkins Loan, Parent PLUS, Graduate/Professional PLUS, Federal Work-study, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and TEACH Grant) and need-based state aid (such as the Kentucky CAP Grant) programs. Students must meet the academic standards as outlined in the SAP policy.  These standards are for financial aid purposes only and neither replaces nor overrides academic policies outlined by the University of Louisville.  The SAP policy applies to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students as described below.



The University of Louisville has followed federal regulations and requirements to develop a policy to ensure that students are meeting minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress.




How to Regain Eligibility

A student determined ineligible for financial aid because of failure to meet the University of Louisville’s Satisfactory Academic Progress standards has the right to make a written appeal to the Student Financial Aid Office.

Students who lose financial aid eligibility by failing to make Satisfactory Academic Progress may appeal.  Approved appeals result in a student financial aid probationary status.  Students will receive financial aid as long as they are meeting requirements of the probation status as specified during the appeal process.  Students should be prepared to seek other options if the appeal is not approved.




Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form

Satisfactory Academic Progress Worksheet for Maximum Time Frame (MTF)

Satisfactory Academic Progress Self-Correct Form

A Student’s Guide to SAP

A Guide to SAP for Academic Advisors



Frequently Asked Questions