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Satisfactory Academic Progress

Student Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Students at the University of Idaho must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) to receive federal student financial aid. At a minimum, SAP will be reviewed at the end of each spring semester. Students not meeting the minimum SAP requirements are no longer eligible to receive assistance under Title IV HEA programs. For purposes of evaluating SAP, the academic year is defined as summer, fall, and spring. Therefore, the summer prior to the fall and spring will be included in the evaluation. Students receiving financial aid for the first time will be considered in good academic standing until they reach the defined annual SAP evaluation.

How to Petition for Reinstatement of Financial Aid

Students wishing to appeal their suspension of financial aid should complete a Petition for Financial Aid Reinstatement Form and submit it to the contact listed below under their degree level. Special circumstances concerning the student’s academic progress for student financial aid will be reviewed on an individual basis. The Director of Student Financial Aid Services may reinstate a student based on special circumstances unique to that student.

  • If you have been suspended from financial aid due to missing grade transcripts outside of the University of Idaho due to: study abroad, national student exchange, concurrent agreement with North Idaho College, a consortium agreement with another institution, or a reevaluation of previously submitted transcripts, we will reevaluate your suspension once all final transcripts are received. Students can provide an unofficial grade transcript to Student Financial Aid Services, to expedite the re-evaluation of your credits and remove the suspension hold if you meet the Pace ruling.
  • If the suspension is due to an incomplete course, your suspension can be reevaluated after the grades have been posted. This reevaluation can be reviewed by either the Student Financial Aid Services or the Dean's Office of your college upon request.
  • If you were suspended during a previous program and graduated, you will regain full eligibility for future financial aid.

Upon receiving a completed Petition for Financial Aid Reinstatement Form from the student, the student’s academic dean (or designee) may recommend a waiver of all satisfactory academic progress criteria due to the special circumstances detailed in the petition form. If the petition is denied, the Director of Student Financial Aid Services will review the recommendation and make a final determination of whether to waive the suspension for the student. The decision of the academic college and the Director of Student Financial Aid Services may be appealed to the Student Financial Aid Committee and then to the Administrative Hearing Board.

If the petition is granted, the suspension will be waived and all federal financial aid/eligibility will be reinstated for one term unless an Academic Plan was part of your Petition for Financial Aid Reinstatement form. You will be notified of any final decision. Your status can be viewed by logging on your Vandal Web under "Student Financial Aid & Scholarships".

There are two possible ways for undergraduate students to pursue financial aid reinstatement.

1. Attend Until Aid Eligibility is Regained - Students can attend without financial aid. Progress toward SAP will be evaluated every semester, and once the student meets all SAP requirements aid will be reinstated. Any student who chooses not to attend without financial aid must submit a Petition for Financial Aid Reinstatement form and the embedded Academic Plan (section E) to be considered for future financial aid.

2. Petition for Reinstatement - Undergraduate students wishing to appeal their suspension should submit the petition form to the Dean’s Office in the college for which they are enrolled. The petition form is available here.

SAP Contacts for Undergraduate Students

Complete policy for undergraduate students

There are two possible ways for graduate students to pursue financial aid reinstatement.

1. Attend Until Aid Eligibility Is Gained - Graduate students can attend without financial aid. Progress toward SAP will be evaluated every semester and aid will be reinstated once the students meets all SAP requirements. Any student who chooses not to attend without financial aid must submit a Petition for Financial Aid Reinstatement form and the embedded Academic Plan (section E) to be considered for future financial aid.

2. Petition for Reinstatement - Graduate students wising to appeal their suspension should submit the petition form to Sam Koester in Morrill Hall room 104, 208-885-2647, or skoester@uidaho.edu. The petition form is available here.

Complete policy for graduate students.

There are two possible ways for law students to get their financial aid reinstated.

1. Attend Until Aid Eligibility Is Attained - Law students can attend without financial aid. Progress toward SAP will be evaluated every semester, and will be reinstated once the student meets SAP requirements. Any student who chooses not to attend without financial aid must submit a Petition for Financial Aid Reinstatement form and the embedded Academic Plan (section E) to be considered for future financial aid.

2. Petition for Reinstatement - Law students wishing to appeal their suspension should submit a Petition for Financial Aid Reinstatement form to reestablish financial aid eligibility to the Director of Admissions, Carole Wells 208-885-6212, or cwells@uidaho.edu.

Complete policy for law students


Student Financial Aid Services

Physical Address:

Bruce M. Pitman Center
Room 101

709 Deakin Avenue
Moscow, ID 83844

Mailing Address:
Student Financial Aid Office
875 Perimeter Dr
MS 4291
Moscow, ID 83844-4291

finaid@uidaho.edu

Phone: 208-885-6312

Fax: 208-885-5592