SAP Coordinator: Pamela Brooks / (314) 340-3501 / BrooksPa@hssu.edu
What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial assistance?
Students are required to maintain minimum standards in order to receive financial assistance. Students must:
When students fail to meet these minimum standards their eligibility for federal student aid which includes grants and federal student loans is suspended. Students can appeal a suspension by explaining any extenuating circumstance.
***Students are strongly encouraged to use the Academic Resource Center writing tutors when preparing their appeal.***
SAP appeals must explain:
Example of a valid explanation statement:
I was involved in a car accident on October 2, 2020. I was in the hospital for two weeks because of a broken leg. Then I needed to have physical therapy every day for six weeks. This interfered with my ability to attend classes regularly. I was unable to complete the fall 2020 semester and this affected my academic progress.
What has changed:
My leg has healed and I feel confident that I can continue my coursework and improve my academic progress. I intend to register and repeat the coursework in the classes that I failed. I will also take a study skills workshop offered through the Academic Resource Center. I will also use an assignment planner to help me stay on track.
Attached is documentation verifying my accident:
When thinking about your appeal statement try to answer these questions. This will give you a good framework to build your statement. Try to keep your statement rooted in the facts related to your situation.
Documentation is required to support the circumstances outlined in your appeal. Multiple pieces of documentation, when available, should be provided.
Along with your statement explaining what happened and what changed, you will be asked to write four goals. Be SMART when writing your goals:
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