Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

According to Federal Guidelines, you must maintain SAP – Satisfactory Academic Progress – to be eligible for financial aid at Carolina. SAP standards will be evaluated at the conclusion of each semester.

To Meet SAP Standards:

  • Maintain a minimum equivalent of a 2.0 grade point average consistent with your program’s graduation requirement.
    • School of Law requires a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.2 for first year students, and a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 thereafter.
  • Successfully complete one-third of the coursework in which you are enrolled. To estimate this completion rate, divide the number of credit hours you have successfully completed by the number of credit hours attempted.
  • Any course in which you receive a non-failing grade counts as a ‘completed’ course.
  • Complete degree requirements within the University’s maximum time frame*
    • 5 years for Masters Program
    • 5 years for School of Law
    • 8 years for Doctoral Program

* All transfer credit hours accepted by the University count as both attempted and completed credits and are included in the maximum time frame calculation.

Understanding SAP

The below glossary terms will help you to understand SAP and how it applies to your courses.

A dropped courses are not completed and will affect your completion standard. A dropped class is the equivalent of the federal term “withdrawal” from a class.

Incomplete courses will not count as completed until a grade has been recorded for the class. Incomplete grades will affect the completion standard. Repeated courses will be included in the completion standard.

Transfer credits that count toward your program will be included in the total hours earned. These will not impact the completion rate in any given semester as they are not a part of that semester.

This coursework is excluded from the completion standard.

submitting an appeal

You may submit an appeal if there were extenuating circumstances which led to academic difficulties. Extenuating circumstances are one-time difficulties over which you have no control, such as a death in the immediate family, hospitalization, accident, or illness. Written appeals must be submitted to the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid by the date set in the termination notice.

  • If an appeal is granted, you will be placed on probation and you must meet SAP standards at the end of the probationary semester.
  • If the appeal is denied, you will remain on termination and will not be eligible for federal financial aid.
  • If you do not appeal, or if your appeal is denied, you may have your eligibility reinstated following the completion of the equivalent of one full time semester without the support of federal financial aid.

Appeal Decisions

Decisions are delivered to your UNC email address as quickly as possible. Submitting 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.

Understanding SAP Appeal Status

A warning is intended to alert you to a potential issue in your academic progress and does not prevent you from receiving aid. If you are in a financial aid warning status at the end of the enrollment period and do not complete on-third of your attempted courses, you will face financial aid termination.

Termination means you are no longer eligible for financial aid. You may appeal to have eligibility for aid reinstated on a probationary basis.

If an appeal is granted, you will be placed on financial aid probation and can receive aid, but you must meet SAP standards at the end of the probationary semester.

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