Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)


To ensure full financial aid disbursement, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units per term.

Federal regulations require the UC Davis Financial Aid Office establish Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). These standards measure qualitative and quantitative requirements and maximum timeframe for a student’s progress toward degree completion. To be eligible for financial aid, students must meet these standards. Failure to maintain these standards will result in suspension of your financial aid eligibility.


Please Note:

  • Financial Aid standards are separate and distinct from general academic policies. Please refer to the General Catalog or review information on qualitative and quantitative standards outlined under Scholastic Deficiencies. If you need assistance or have questions relating to general academic requirements, please contact an advisor in your program or department.
  • Minimum progress waivers do not apply to Financial Aid SAP standards.
  • SAP quantitative standards apply to all coursework attempted, including coursework for which the student did not receive financial aid.
  • If you separate from the University and you are not maintaining SAP standards, you may need to submit a SAP Appeal when returning to the University for financial aid eligibility consideration--a student's SAP status does not automatically update at the time of readmission.

Regaining Eligibility

Students may regain eligibility for financial aid by meeting the SAP standards by the annual evaluation, which is done after all Spring grades have been posted. After meeting SAP requirements, the student will regain eligibility for the following academic year.