Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Instructions

Students who have lost eligibility for financial aid due to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy may appeal the decision. You are allowed to appeal once per each program. Completing a SAP appeal does not guarantee approval. 

Appeals will be reviewed by the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Committee. The committee consists of members from various colleges and departments at GSU. The committee will collectively decide if your financial aid should be reinstated or remain in cancellation. Please be aware that if the committee reinstates your financial aid eligibility they will require certain stipulations that must be met each semester. Failure to meet these stipulations at any point in time will result in your financial aid once again being suspended. You will be notified via email of the committee's decision. The committee's decision is final. 


Directions & Process:

  1. Meet with your academic advisor to complete the Evaluation of Academic Performance Form and an updated Study Plan or Degree Audit signed by your academic advisor.
    • It must verify your major
    • It must list the specific courses and number of hours remaining for your major and degree completion. 
    • If you submit your appeal without the evaluation from your advisor, your appeal will not be considered.
    • You must also submit a Degree Study Plan if you have been cancelled for exceeding the maximum time frame requirement to complete your degree. 
  2. Prepare to upload your complete appeal packet with all your supporting documents by the published deadline for the semester for which you are appealing.
    • Appeals without supporting documentation will be denied. 
    • If a professional is providing a letter to support your appeal, it must be signed, dated and on letterhead.
    • All letters must include contact information for the committee to contact if they determine follow-up is necessary. However, you must document your circumstances in writing. Do not expect for the committee to use this contact information to call and document your circumstances for you.
  3. Complete the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form online at SAP Appeal Application 
    1. Be sure to upload all required documents to prevent any delay in the processing of your appeal. 
    2. You will be notified via email of any missing documents. 


Examples of appropriate supporting documentation are as follows:

Family Circumstances 


Medical Concerns 


Work Circumstances

Marriage Certificate
Birth Certificate
Divorce Papers
Court Documentation
Police Report
Copy of Plane Ticket
Copy of medical bills
Statement from Doctor
Letter from Employer
Unemployment Statement



Emotional Concerns



Death Certificate
Letter from Counselor/Therapist
Police Report
Medical documentation
Car repair bills

Submitting incomplete documentation will result in a delay in processing your appeal or cancellation of your appeal. 

All requests will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Committee. Appeals submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed until the next committee meeting. You will be informed of the decision through your GSU email.  Students whose appeals are denied will have all aid cancelled and will be responsible for paying for their classes or dropping them within the required refund period. Your classes are not automatically dropped when your financial aid is cancelled. 


Financial Aid Appeal Due Dates

The committee meets the week after the appeal due date


Fall 2020
Spring 2021
Summer 2021
Thursday, August 6, 2020Thursday, January 7, 2021Thursday, April 22, 2021
Thursday, August 20, 2020Thursday, January 21, 2021Thursday, May 6, 2021
Thursday, September 24, 2020Thursday, February 25, 2021Thursday, June 17, 2021
Thursday, October 29, 2020Thursday, March 25, 2021 


Fall 2021
Spring 2022
Summer 2022
Thursday, August 5, 2021Thursday, January 6, 2022Thursday, April 21, 2022
Thursday, August 19, 2021Thursday, January 20, 2022Thursday, May 5, 2022
Thursday, September 23, 2021Thursday, February 24, 2022Thursday, June 16, 2022
Thursday, October 28, 2021Thursday, March 24, 2022