Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility

SAP Appeal Process

This webpage is only applicable to students placed on SAP by the Office of Financial Aid.  If you have extenuating circumstances that led you to not meeting minimum academic requirements, you may want to appeal.  Examples of extenuating circumstances include but are not limited to:

  • Medical illness or injury
  • Death of a family member
  • Personal difficulties
  • Military Services
  • Family circumstances
  • Financial difficulties
  • Difficulties managing priorities

All appeals including supporting documentation must be received four weeks before the end of the term for which you want aid or it will be too late.

Required Appeal Documents

  • Attach an appeal letter to the SAP Student Appeal Cover Form.
  • Submit the SAP Advisor Form. It is your responsibility to meet with your advisor and give them this form.
  • Both forms are also located in your MY UW Student Center, View Financial Aid, Application Status.

We will notify you of the results of your appeal within 2-4 weeks of the receipt of BOTH student and advisor forms.

Failure to Meet the Conditions of Your Appeal

SAP federal requirements are becoming stricter, therefore should you fail SAP again you may be denied aid or may be required to meet with a financial aid counselor and sign a contract with our office.

If you choose not too appeal, how can you make up the deficiency and reinstate your aid?

  • If you failed the GPA requirement, bring your cumulative GPA up to a 2.0.
  • If you failed the 2/3 completion rate, enroll and complete a high enough percentage of your classes to bring your cumulative rate up to 2/3 (67%).
  • Once you make up your deficient GPA and/or completion rate notify our office in writing by emailing finaid@finaid.wisc.edu.  Only after this will you receive a financial aid offer. 

 

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