In order to receive financial aid, you must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. SAP denotes a student’s successful completion of coursework that is applied to an eligible degree-seeking or post-baccalaureate teacher certificate program. Regulations require that all students who receive the benefit of Federal Title IV assistance must maintain SAP. Texas State applies the SAP standards to all federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs. The only exceptions are for the TEXAS Grant, B-On-Time, TEACH Grant and Top 10% Scholarship, which have separate Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements as defined by applicable law. To view the program-specific SAP requirements, visit TEXAS Grant SAP, B-On-Time Loan SAP, TEACH Grant SAP, Bobcat Promise Renewal Criteria and Top 10% Scholarship SAP.
At the end of each evaluation period (end of spring semester), you must have achieved at least a minimum cumulative Texas State GPA in order to remain eligible for financial aid. The GPA requirements are indicated in the below table.
|Minimum Cumulative Texas State GPA Requirements|
|Degree or Certificate||Minimum Cumulative Texas State GPA|
|Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certificate||3.0|
In order for you to receive financial aid, you must complete 67% of your attempted coursework for your program (i.e., bachelor’s, post-baccalaureate teacher certificate, master’s and doctorate). Attempted coursework includes transfer hours and courses for which you received no financial aid. To calculate your completion rate, just take the total of your completed program hours and divide that figure by your attempted program hours. Attempted hours include all registered hours whether or not you earned a grade or received credit.
Please note that all completion rate calculations are rounded down to the nearest whole number (for example, 66.9 percent is rounded down to 66%).
The number of credit hours you attempt may not exceed the maximum hours limit as indicated in the below table. Attempted hours include any hours you attempted at any institution, regardless of whether you received financial aid for those hours. Under federal regulations, any courses that you attempted and which are covered under academic bankruptcy or Academic Fresh Start are also considered toward your maximum attempted hours limit. To remain eligible for financial aid, you must not exceed the maximum hours limit as indicated in the below table.
|Maximum Hours Limit Requirements|
|Degree or Certificate||Maximum Hours|
|Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certificate||60|
If you do not meet the SAP requirements by the end of the spring semester, you will be placed on financial aid suspension. Once you are on financial aid suspension, you are not eligible to receive financial aid until you meet the SAP requirements.
You will be notified via your Texas State email account in the event you are placed on financial aid suspension. The email will direct you to Texas State Self-Service for more details.
If you are on financial aid suspension, you may have your aid reinstated in one of the following manners:
If you are on financial aid suspension and subsequently meet the SAP requirements prior to the standard evaluation period at the end of spring, you may file an appeal with Financial Aid and Scholarships.
In the event you have been placed on financial aid suspension, you may file an appeal. Appeals will only be approved in the case of special circumstances. There is no guarantee of approval. Special circumstances may include, but are not limited to, a death in the family, illness of the student or any undue hardship that prohibits the successful completion of coursework. Circumstances will be evaluated by the reviewer of the appeal.
An appeal must include the following:
If your appeal meets all the above requirements, Financial Aid and Scholarships will request from your academic advisor either: 1) documentation confirming that you can within a single semester regain SAP eligibility; or 2) an academic plan that demonstrates you can meet SAP by a specified and reasonable point in time with measurable milestones for each semester. If your appeal is approved, our office will send you a copy of the academic plan for financial aid purposes (which may be different than what you need to do academically with respect to your individual degree or post-baccalaureate teacher certificate program).
Due to the comprehensive nature of the appeal review process, it will take approximately 4 – 6 weeks for a decision to be made regarding your appeal.
Note: Appeals submitted without documentation will be denied.
If you wish to appeal the loss of your financial aid, you must do so through the following appeals process.
Once you are notified of not being eligible for financial aid (financial aid suspension), you have until the appropriate deadline (see Appeal Deadlines) to submit an appeal. If your appeal is denied at any level (with the exception of a level 4 appeal) and you wish to appeal to the next level, you must submit a written notice of appeal to the next level by the appropriate deadline (see Appeal Deadlines). You have the option to submit up to four appeals during your program of study (i.e., first baccalaureate, second baccalaureate, doctoral, etc.).
An appeal must be filed by the appropriate deadline in order to be considered for a particular semester. The deadlines are as follows: