To be eligible for financial aid at Carolina, you must maintain SAP – this means Satisfactory Academic Progress.
To meet SAP standards:
- Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
- Successfully complete at least 2/3 of all credit hours you have attempted at Carolina from Fall 2010 forward. All classes dropped after the census date are considered withdrawals, even if retroactive actions are taken to display an effective date that is prior to the census date.
- Complete degree requirements within 150% of the length of your academic program. As we perform our annual review of each student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress, if it is mathematically impossible to graduate within 150% of the academic program length students are ineligible for financial aid.
- For example, most programs require 120 credit hours:
- 120 x 150% = 180 maximum hours to meet SAP (this includes all accepted transfer and test credit hours)
- Complete a minimum number of credit hours per term. (Part-time students are excluded from this standard.)
|After 1 full-time semester ||9 academic hours
|After 2 full-time semesters ||24 academic hours
|After 3 full-time semesters ||36 academic hours
|After 4 full-time semesters ||51 academic hours
|After 5 full-time semesters ||63 academic hours
|After 6 full-time semesters ||78 academic hours
|After 7 full-time semesters ||93 academic hours
How is SAP evaluated:
- Your SAP status is reviewed at the end of each academic year, which begins with the fall and ends with the last summer session. If you are not meeting SAP standards, UNC will notify you at your UNC email address within two weeks of the end of the second summer session.
- According to federal guidance, you may appeal the suspension of financial aid on the basis of a personal injury or illness, death of a relative, or other special circumstances.
- You can reestablish SAP (and thereby aid eligibility) by completing additional coursework without aid funding. You may also choose to leave the University for a period of time and reestablish eligibility upon readmission.
- If your eligibility is restored at the end of a fall semester, you are eligible for aid during the spring semester. If you believe you have restored your eligibility, and your SAP status has not been updated in ConnectCarolina, you can request a SAP review.
Instructions for checking your SAP status in ConnectCarolina can be found here.
Submitting an Appeal
All students are encouraged to submit appeals in advance of deadlines posted below to ensure a decision is received prior to the start of the term.
Before submitting an appeal, please review the Appeal Resource Guide provided by Academic Advising.
If you have an active ONYEN and access to ConnectCarolina, see instructions here for submitting your appeal via your ConnectCarolina Student Center.
If you are returning to Carolina after taking time away, you must submit the Return to Carolina survey for approval to reactivate your ONYEN.
If you are ineligible due to the maximum time frame for degree completion, your appeal must include an approved course plan that corresponds with a graduation or program completion date.
Please review and redact your medical records so you are providing only what is necessary.
If you prefer a paper process, please reach out to request one from our office.
*This deadline applies to all students (regardless of when they were last enrolled).
|Term: ||Appeal Deadline*:
|Summer I 2023||April 28, 2023
@11:59p PM EST
|Summer II 2023||June 9, 2023
@11:59 PM EST
|Fall 2023||July 28, 2023
@11:59 PM EST
Appeal decisions are delivered to your UNC email address as quickly as possible, given the volume of work within the aid office. Submission of an appeal does not guarantee approval. Decisions of the appeals committee are final and cannot be appealed outside the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.
Decisions for currently enrolled students will not be provided until grades are final.
If you are approved to enroll with an underload (less than 12 credit hours), go here to learn more about receiving financial aid with an underload. Students with approved underloads should complete the financial aid underload request form.