Academic progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is a system used by the federal government and by New York state to measure undergraduate and graduate students' successful progress in their academic studies in order to maintain eligibility for financial aid.

Update as of 5/11/21:  COVID-19 and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) 

The following FAQs are applicable to spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021.  Thereafter, SAP policies and guidelines will again apply (see links below for further federal and NYS guidelines).

SAP FAQs:

If I decide to change my grade from a letter grade to a Pass/Fail, will this negatively affect my eligibility for federal or state aid, according to SAP guidelines?

For spring 2020:  A grade of P or F will not negatively impact your aid eligibility.

For summer 2020, fall 2020, spring 2021:  A grade of P will not negatively affect your aid eligibility as the course is considered to be completed.  A grade of F will affect your GPA and PACE, therefore this could negatively impact your aid eligibilty.

If I decide to withdraw from a course (W grade), will this negatively affect my eligibility for federal or state aid, according to SAP guidelines?

No, leniency will be provided to students for the spring 2020 semester, summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.

If I withdraw for the semester due to a COVID-19 related circumstance, will this negatively affect my eligibility for federal or state aid, according to SAP guidelines?

No, leniency will be provided to students for the spring 2020 semester, summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.

If I withdrew for the semester prior to the change in course delivery method due to COVID-19, will this negative affect my eligibility for federal or state aid, according to SAP guidelines?

It depends on your SAP status at the start of the spring 2020 semester or summer 2020, if you attended summer courses.  Please review the SAP guidelines (see links below), which are still applicable to you.  If it is determined that you are no longer eligible at the end of the spring 2020 or summer 2020, you may be able to pursue a federal or state waiver based on extenuating circumstances.

Visit the following links for specific SAP details.