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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) FAQs

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.

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.

Pay out of pocket:

Private aid that does not require SAP:

  • Private Scholarships
  • Private Loans

Completion awards:

  • Students who are nearing graduation may be eligible for additional funding through the Registrar’s Office Please note:  To qualify for these awards students must go through the SAP appeal process first and receive a denial outcome.

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.

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.

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.

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)
  • Miscalculation

Students can request a recalculation of their completion ratio through the appeals process. Please include all resources used for self-calculation for our review.

Meet SAP status:

  • Do not receive notification.

Warning SAP status:

  • Email notification sent to UCF email account before start of the Warning semester
  • Reminder email notification sent to UCF email account towards the end of the Warning semester

Not Meet SAP status:

  • Email notification sent to UCF 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 UCF 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

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.

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.

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