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.
  • 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 Warning: The student will receive financial aid. Failure to meet the minimum requirements during the quarter the student is placed on financial aid warning will result in financial aid probation.
Financial Aid Probation: All financial aid for the student is placed on hold and a Satisfactory Academic Progress Petition must be completed in order to determine financial aid eligibility.
SAP Petition: Form typically mailed out with the financial aid probation notice. It asks students to clearly define and provide documentation (when applicable/requested) as to why they were unable to meet the SAP requirements.
Financial Aid Suspension: All financial aid for the student is canceled and the student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Petition is denied.

Examples of SAP Policy in Action
If a student fails to meet SAP, they initially receive a financial aid warning. If the student has already received a financial aid warning and fails to meet SAP again, they are then placed on financial aid probation (during which a SAP Petition must be submitted). If the student has already been placed on financial aid probation, submitted their SAP Petition and it was approved, they are granted a probationary quarter. If the student is unable to meet the SAP requirements during their probationary quarter, they are placed on financial aid suspension and all of their aid is canceled.

Not Meeting Minimum GPA Requirement
The first quarter the student’s cumulative GPA falls below the minimum standards, the student will receive a financial aid warning for their next quarter of enrollment. If at the end of the next quarter, the student is again below the minimum required cumulative GPA, the student will be placed on financial aid probation and a SAP Petition must be completed by the student in order to determine whether or not the student will be placed on financial aid suspension. If a student’s SAP Petition is denied, their financial aid will be canceled. If their SAP Petition is approved, they are granted a probationary quarter.

Official/Unofficial Withdrawals If any portion of the student’s financial aid is either retained by the University for partial tuition and/or fee payment or it is disbursed to the student, and he or she withdraws officially or unofficially from at least one, or all, of their classes during any quarter, the student will receive a financial aid warning for the following quarter.

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

Questions or concerns? Contact the Financial Aid Office.
Phone: 206.239.4540