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Student Financial Aid Services

finaid@uidaho.edu
Phone: (208) 885-6312
Toll Free: (888) 884-3246
Fax: (208) 885-5592
Student Union Building 101
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Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr MS 4291
Moscow, ID 83844-4291
Office Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 

Making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

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 requirements of SAP as stated below are no longer eligible to receive assistance under Title IV HEA programs.  For purposes of evaluating satisfactory academic progress, the academic year is defined as summer, fall, and spring.  Therefore, the summer performance prior to the fall and spring will be included in the review.  Students receiving financial aid for the first time will be considered as being in good academic standing until they reach the defined annual evaluation time for SAP.

How to Petition for Reinstatement of Financial Aid

Undergraduate

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

1. Attend One Term - Students can attend a full time semester without financial aid, but must be able, in ONE term, to bring both the cumulative GPA and pace requirements up to the minimum standards. For many students who are suspended, regaining these standards in one term is not mathematically possible. Any student, who is not able to regain “Good Academic Standing” by attending one term 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. The petition form is available here.

2. Petition for Reinstatement - Students wishing to appeal their suspension should contact the Dean’s Office in the college for which they are enrolled. All students will be required to submit a “Petition for Financial Aid Reinstatement” form to reestablish financial aid eligibility if the student does not opt to complete a semester without financial aid AND has not met the minimum GPA, 67% Pace and Max rules for a semester. The petition form is available here.

SAP Contacts for Undergraduate Students

Complete policy for undergraduate students.

Graduate

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

1. Attend One Term
Similar to undergraduates, graduate students can attend a full time semester without financial aid, but must be able, in ONE term, to bring both the cumulative GPA and pace requirements up to the minimum standards. Any student, who is not able to regain “Good Academic Standing” by attending one term 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. The petition form is available here.

2. Petition for Reinstatement
For most that are suspended, regaining these standards in one term is not mathematically possible. Any student, who is not able to regain “Good Academic Standing” by attending one term 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. Graduate students then need to submit the petition form to Sue Branting in Morrill Hall room 104, (208) 885-2647, or sueb@uidaho.edu. The petition form is available here.

Complete policy for graduate students
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Law

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

1. Attend One Term
Law students can attend a full time semester without financial aid, but must be able, in ONE term, to bring both the cumulative GPA and pace requirements up to the minimum standards. For many students who are suspended, regaining these standards in one term is not mathematically possible. Any student, who is not able to regain “Good Academic Standing” by attending one term 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. The petition form is available here.

2. Petition for Reinstatement
Law students wishing to appeal their suspension will be required to submit a “Petition for Financial Aid Reinstatement” form to reestablish financial aid eligibility if the student does not opt to complete a semester without financial aid AND has not met the minimum GPA, 67% Pace and Max rules for a semester. Completed appeals should be sent to the Director of Admissions, Carole Wells (208) 885-6212, or cwells@uidaho.edu.

Complete policy for law students

General Petition Information

Students wishing to appeal their suspension of financial aid should complete a Petition for Financial Aid Reinstatement Form and contact the Dean’s Office in the college in which they are enrolled. Graduate students should also complete a petition for reinstatement before they contact the College of Graduate Studies, while law students should contact the College of Law. The petition form can be found here. Any 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 re-evaluation 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 67% Pace ruling.
  • If the suspension is due to an incomplete course, your suspension can be re-evaluated after the grades have been posted. This re-evaluation 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 special circumstances detailed in the petition form. If the petition is denied, the director will review the recommendation and make the 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 only unless otherwise stated in the Academic Plan section 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".