A school checks SAP annually for its students, following the spring term. The student was not meeting standards at the end of the spring term and appealed. The student’s appeal was denied and the student attended without aid for the fall term. The student filed a FAFSA in January for the current award year and contacted the aid office regarding their eligibility for aid. The student was once again meeting SAP requirements due to successful fall enrollment. Is the student eligible for aid for fall term as well as the spring term, since at the time of application the student was meeting SAP?
No, the student is not eligible for aid for the fall term as the student was not meeting SAP at the beginning of the fall term. The student can regain eligibility even if the timing occurs at the end of a payment period prior to the payment period in which SAP is evaluated. As a result, the student is eligible for aid for the spring due to their fall grades which brought them back up to SAP standards.
You can find more information about SAP in the Student Aid Reference Desk.
Publication Date: 11/23/2021