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What is SAP?

For students to receive financial aid under the programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act, the U.S. Department of Education requires you to maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) towards completing your degree This is separate from campus academic minimum progress requirements.

How does this impact students on Financial Aid?


SAP standards apply to all Title IV programs including Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Federal Work-Study, and Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized, Parent and Graduate PLUS Loans). SAP standards also apply to the Cal Grant programs, State and University need-based aid.

What are the SAP Requirements?

UC San Diego SAP Requirements


Minimum cumulative UC grade point average.

2.0 3.0

Dividing cumulative number of courses successfully completed(NR,NP, I, F, W, IP or blank/missing grades are not successful completion of a course) by the cumulative number of courses attempted.

Equal to or greater than the required pace percentage by year/grade level.

  • First year: (0-44 units) 30%
  • Second year: (45 – 89 units) 50%
  • Third/Fourth years: (90+ units) 66%
  • Readmitted students: 50% for the year readmitted
  • First Year Grad: 50%
  • Second year and beyond: 66%
Maximum Timeframe

150% of the published length of the program.

258 attempted units Varies based on program

*see Undergraduate and Graduate link for details, exceptions and conditions.

For School of Medicine please visit the Health Sciences Financial Aid Office website.

SAP is reviewed annually for all students, and again quarterly for students not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards. After spring grades post, preliminary SAP notices will be sent to students not meeting SAP standards. Those students may want to consider if summer courses could help them.

How can I Appeal?

If you don't meet SAP standards you will lose your financial aid eligibility. If you had extenuating circumstances that prevented you from meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress, you may appeal.

The official end of year SAP review takes place after Summer Session grades post. At this point, students not meeting SAP will receive a notice of ineligible SAP status. SAP appeals are available in your MyTritonlink Financial Aid tool.

2023-24 SAP Appeal Deadlines*

Fall 2023
Winter 2024
Spring 2024
Summer Session 1 2024
Summer Session 2 2024
Special Summer Session 2024

*Once you receive an ineligibility notification, please submit your SAP Appeal as soon as possible but no later than the deadline for the applicable term. Please note that the SAP Appeal may take time to complete, submit, and be reviewed by our office. Submitting an appeal does not guarantee approval. If you are pending SAP Appeal submission, review, and/or approval, you are responsible for all costs associated with your enrollment, including tuition and fees that must be paid by the fee payment deadline for the term. There is no guarantee that SAP Appeals submitted after the published deadline will be reviewed, approved and/or funded.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions