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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Please note: all results from the department will only be sent to the students' York College email accounts. This page will assist students who have been denied aid because they have not met Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy requirements.

York College is required to monitor whether or not a student is maintaining Title IV Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in their course of study compliant with federal and state regulations. Students who have been denied federal and/or state aid because they have not met the requirements of the SAP policy are offered the opportunity to submit a petition to be considered for a financial aid probationary status.

In some cases, a student’s failure to be in compliance with SAP is due to unforeseen events beyond the student’s control. If such extenuating circumstances can be documented for the specific semester(s) when the deficiencies occurred, the student may initiate the petition process. Completion of this process does not guarantee the reinstatement of financial aid eligibility. Students are responsible for payment of tuition regardless of their financial aid status. It is also the student's responsibility to be aware of all York College registration and payment deadlines.

SAP Guidelines

General Information

Students who do not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards in Spring Term may not be eligible to receive financial aid for the following Fall Term. In order to be considered for full financial aid eligibility, a student must submit a petition. The SAP Committee will meet at regularly scheduled times to consider SAP petitions.  After the SAP Committee has rendered a decision, students will be officially notified via their York College email account. 


-Students will be notified that they are no longer eligible for financial aid and have failed to meet SAP requirements.

-Students should check their CUNYfirst "To Do List" for the link to the form

-Students can file the SAP Appeal using the CUNY Student Forms portal

-All first time users of CUNY Financial Aid Student Forms must follow the steps to register to access Student Forms (This information is published on the Financial Aid web site at for how to create an account and access the forms.)

Students have the right to petition to appeal the determination of ineligibility for financial aid.  Decisions to approve or deny petitions will be based on:

  1. Completing "Financial Aid Petition to Waive SAP Requirements" form found on the Student Forms uploading page
  2. Meeting with an Academic Advisor to develop a Plan of Action (POA) and attach the (POA) form to the petition (for All Federal Aid/Program)
  3. Preparing a detailed personal statement (typed 200 words or less) explaining: extenuating circumstances and how you propose to resolve the deficiency that contributed to your unsatisfactory academic progress
  4. Attaching as many as possible of the following:
  • Evidence of personal illness (physician’s statement, hospital records, etc.) involving hospitalization or extended confinement;
  • Evidence of death (copy of death certificate required) of an immediate family member (mother, father, child, sibling, grandparent) or illness of an immediate family member of which you were the primary caretaker (must include a statement from a physician, social worker, etc. indicating your primary caretaking role with dates) requiring your absence from classes for an extended period of time;
  • Evidence of an emotionally disabling condition (must include a statement from a licensed physician, psychologist, social worker, etc.) that prevented you from attending classes;
  • Evidence of military duty (deployment orders);
  • Evidence of involvement with social agencies; government entities; incarceration; or similar reasons that prevented you from attending classes (official documents with dates);
  • Evidence of any other extenuating circumstances (eviction notice, divorce papers, police reports, etc.).  (official documents with dates)

 Any LATE (after the deadline) or INCOMPLETE petition packets, will not be accepted or reviewed.

* (Please note; All students who submit their appeal after the stated deadline will not be reviewed by the committee, and will not be eligible to recieve financial aid for the term)