What is SAP?

SAP stands for Satisfactory Academic Progress.   UMBC is responsible for monitoring each student’s academic progress to ensure they are making progress towards a degree and are also maintaining a minimum standard GPA.  Failure to meet SAP standards results in the loss of financial aid eligibility!

There are standards for undergraduate students as well as graduate students.  Undergraduates can remain in good academic standing by maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.0 (2.0 = C) or better on a 4.0 scale.  Also, as an undergraduate student you cannot attempt more than 150% of the credits required to receive a degree.  Meaning, 120 credits required x 1.5 = 180 maximum credits attempted.  If students do not meet these requirements they are no longer eligible for financial aid!  Students may still enroll and attend classes while under SAP. If you fail SAP and attend classes, you must do so without financial aid and are responsible for paying the bill.

Students do have the option to submit a SAP Appeal.  If there were extenuating circumstances that caused a student to be unsuccessful that semester, an appeal could be submitted for review.  Submission of a SAP Appeal does not guarantee it will be approved, and students should be prepared with other arrangements to pay their bill.  Students will be responsible for payment of their bill, by the due date, for any outstanding charges even if the SAP Appeal decision is pending.  To submit a SAP Appeal, contact your Financial Aid Counselor for an appointment.  Please note, only complete appeals will be accepted.

  • To be considered for summer, fall, and spring aid the deadline to submit an appeal is Friday, July 6, 2012.
  • To be considered for fall and spring aid the deadline to submit an appeal is Monday, October 1, 2012.

Please visit our website at http://www.umbc.edu/financialaid/satisfactory_academic_progress.html for more information about SAP, as well as to access the SAP Appeal.

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