Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) FAQs
How does being on a Warning SAP status impact my aid?
Students on a Warning status are not meeting the GPA and/or completion ratio component of SAP. While on a Warning SAP status, students are still eligible to receive federal funding. If the grades earned during the student’s Warning term do not allow the student to meet all SAP components, they will be placed to Not Meet for their next semester of enrollment and lose aid eligibility for future semesters at that time.
How does my first undergraduate degree impact my SAP status as a second-degree seeking student?
All coursework attempted while classified as an undergraduate student will count towards a second-degree seeking student’s SAP status. This means their cumulative GPA and Completion Ratio will include coursework taken while seeking their first undergraduate degree. The only exception is for the Maximum Time Frame component of SAP. Second-degree seeking students are allotted up to 70 attempted credit hours not including any coursework attempted while seeking their first degree.
What are my payment options while on Not Meet SAP status?
Pay out of pocket:
- The Office of Student Accounts can be contacted for information on payment plans studentaccounts.ucf.edu.
Private aid that does not require SAP:
- Private Scholarships
- Private Loans
- Students who are nearing graduation may be eligible for additional funding through the Registrar’s Office registrar.ucf.edu/completion-grant/kggi/. Please note: To qualify for these awards students must go through the SAP appeal process first and receive a denial outcome.
When is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) determined?
Satisfactory Academic Progress includes your entire academic history and is automatically updated at the end of each semester to include new grades. We begin the process of determining SAP status for the next term after grades post and typically complete this process within 1-2 weeks of grades posting.
Where can I view my SAP status?
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status can be viewed on your myUCF Student Self Service Center by selecting the “View Financial Aid” link and then selecting the current aid year. Once on the award page select the link for “Satisfactory Academic Progress” to view your status for the term selected.
Why aren’t students who exceed Maximum Time Frame eligible for a Warning status for Satisfactory Academic Progress?
The Warning status allows students one term to meet all Satisfactory Academic Progress components naturally. Students who have exceeded Maximum Time Frame will never meet all SAP components naturally, which is why they are ineligible for the Warning status. However, students who are nearing Maximum Time Frame do periodically receive courtesy notification of our SAP policy to determine whether they will graduate prior to exceeding Maximum Time Frame.
Why is my calculation of completion ratio different from the Financial Aid Office?
A student’s calculation can differ for several reasons:
- Inclusion of test credits (AP, IB, AICE, etc)
- Change of grade
- Grade(s) posting late (transient, transfer hours if first term at UCF)
Students can request a recalculation of their completion ratio through the appeals process. Please include all resources used for self-calculation for our review.
Will I receive notification regarding my Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status?
Meet SAP status:
- Do not receive notification.
Warning SAP status:
- Email notification sent to Knights email account before start of the Warning semester
- Reminder email notification sent to Knights email account towards the end of the Warning semester
Not Meet SAP status:
- Email notification sent to Knights email account before start of the Not Meet semester
Students approaching maximum time frame component of SAP:
- Courtesy reminder of our SAP policy is periodically sent to Knights email accounts of students who are approaching but have not yet met the maximum time frame
- Courtesy notification sent to students who will exceed maximum time frame once grades post for the current semester
Will my undergraduate coursework impact my graduate SAP status?
Satisfactory Academic Progress for graduate students will only take coursework completed while classified as seeking a graduate degree into consideration. Undergraduate coursework from prior undergraduate degree(s) will not apply towards the graduate SAP status. However, any undergraduate coursework taken while classified as seeking a graduate degree will be included in the graduate SAP status.
Will pursuing multiple degrees impact my SAP standing?
Students attempting multiple degrees have a higher probability of exceeding the Maximum Time Frame component of SAP. For further information please see Maximum Time Frame and Multiple Degrees.