Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

To maintain your eligibility for financial aid at City University of Seattle, you will need to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in an eligible degree or certificate program (separate from CityU's Academic Progress Policy).

SAP Requirements
  • Undergraduate Students must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Graduate Students must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Students must complete the credits for which they enroll.
  • Students must maintain a 66% completion rate.
  • Maximum credit limits also apply. Students must complete their academic program within 150% of the credit hours required for the program.
SAP Policy Terminology and Sequence of Events
Financial Aid Suspension: Students who do not meet both the cumulative GPA and credit completion rate requirements at the time of the annual financial aid progress review are placed into suspension. A student in this status is not eligible for financial aid, but may avail themselves of the petition process if they had unusual circumstances.

SAP Petition: The petition form is typically mailed out to the student when they are notified of their financial aid suspension. It asks students to clearly define and provide documentation (when applicable/requested) as to why they were unable to meet the progress requirements, and the measures taken to resolve the issue. Students may not have more than 2 approved petitions during their education at CityU.

Financial Aid Probation: Students who avail themselves of the petition process, and had their petition approved are placed on probation. A student in this status is eligible for aid on a probationary basis, and must meet all progress requirements for that quarter.

Examples of SAP Policy in Action
If a student fails to meet SAP, they are suspended. If the student has already received their first financial aid suspension and fails to meet SAP during their probationary quarter, they are suspended a second time If the student is unable to meet the SAP requirements during their probationary quarter, they are permanently placed on financial aid suspension and all of their aid is canceled until they are able to return to good standing on their own.

For further clarification, please read the complete City University of Seattle Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.