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San Diego State University

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Learn about how your grades, units, and enrollment affect the financial aid you receive and how to file an appeal if you do not meet requirements.

Grades and units

How grades and units affect your financial aid award

SAP Standards: To receive federal and state financial aid, including grants, loans and work study, you must meet the standards of the university's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will determine if you have met these requirements annually, at the end of the spring semester.

To be eligible to receive financial aid, you must meet these satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirements:

We encourage you to meet with your academic or major advisor on a regular basis to ensure you will be able to meet the SAP requirements to continue to receive financial aid.

Enrollment

Photo: group of SDSU studentsMost financial aid programs and award amounts are affected by your units and the amount you pay for basic tuition and fees. Some aid amounts will be reduced or canceled if you enroll in fewer than 12 units as an undergraduate or teaching credential student or fewer than 9 units as a graduate student.

You must be enrolled at least half time to receive some amount from most aid programs, including student loans. If you enroll less than half time, you begin your grace period and repayment of your student loans.

How your enrollment affects your financial aid award

Staying on track

You are expected to successfully complete all of your units.

However, to remain eligible to receive financial aid, you must complete at least 75% of the units you attempt each academic year with a minimum GPA for your grade level.