Financial Aid - Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Federal Student Aid regulations require that students receiving federal financial aid (including federal and state work-study) must make progress toward a degree/certificate according to Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards set by Northern Arizona University.
Visit Financial aid for more information.
Returning From Suspension
There are many reasons behind why students enter the academic suspension process. These reasons can include personal, financial, health, family, or other issues. Our goal is to help you identify the factors that are relevant to you and to help you address them. You should also know that you are not alone in experiencing these difficulties. Many students enter and participate in the process each year and by working with their advisors, they leave the process and graduate from NAU.
In order to resume your degree completion a reinstatement appeal is required. A reinstatement appeal is your way of informing the university that you are ready to resume your studies. Keep in mind one full term (fall, spring, or summer) must pass after the suspension before you can submit your appeal.
The reinstatement process will not change your GPA; you will remain on probation in your next term. On the other hand, a single course or term withdrawal petition, if approved, will raise your GPA and potentially remove you from probation.
Please review the FAQs below to determine which process is right for your circumstances.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I submit a Withdrawal Petition? Accordion Closed
If you had extenuating circumstances impact your semester and would like them to be reviewed for term withdraw please review the Withdrawal and Reimbursement page.
If you receive financial aid and would like to pursue the withdrawal options, please discuss potential impacts with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.
Additionally, please contact your advisor to discuss impacts to your degree progress.
What are the Reinstatement Requirements? Accordion Closed
- An appeal must be approved before a student can return to NAU.
- There are three options which may be best suited to your situation.
- Appeals submitted without the necessary documentation may not be considered.
What is the Undergraduate Academic Continuation Committee (UACC)? Accordion Closed
In order to return to the university due to extenuating circumstances (Option 2), the UACC must approve your appeal. If you miss a deadline or fail to secure a successful reinstatement, you may be out for more than one term.
Reinstatement is never automatic and requires a majority vote from the UACC.
You have the strongest possibility of reinstatement if you can present documented proof of your commitment to academics that justifies the committee’s approval to remove your suspension. The committee will consider the following:
- 12 most recent units of documented academic coursework at another college, university, or higher learning institution with at least a 2.5 grade point average
- 12 units of documented academic coursework in progress at another college or university that will be completed before reinstatement and, when completed, shows at least a 2.5 grade point average
- a documented explanation of extenuating circumstances that resulted in your past poor academic performance and evidence that those circumstances have been resolved
- if you meet academic renewal guidelines
How does UACC Notify Students? Accordion Closed
All notifications regarding UACC decisions are communicated by the committee chair.
If your appeal is approved, the following will apply:
- meeting with an academic advisor
- meeting with other relevant university personnel
- providing requested documentation
You must satisfy each condition of the UACC as identified in your reinstatement letter including, but not limited to:
- you will return to the university with an academic standing of probation and the restrictions that accompany academic probation
- if your appeal is denied, your letter will include suggestions to better prepare for the next reinstatement appeal cycle
If your appeal is received late, you will be contacted and prompted to notify the chair of the UACC if you want your late appeal to be moved forward to the next reinstatement appeal cycle.
How do I File a Reinstatement Appeal? Accordion Closed
Reinstatement appeals may be submitted through the electronic submission form.
What are the UACC Deadlines? Accordion Closed
All appeals must be received on or before the close of business for published deadline.
Can I Submit a Late Appeal? Accordion Closed
Late appeals are not reviewed for any reason. The deadline is already determined by the last possible date that an appeal can be processed and sent to committee members for review before the committee meeting. All coursework must be completed prior to the start date of the term of reinstatement.
What if I am an International Student? Accordion Closed
International Students: If you are an International Student Contact CIE-International Student and Scholar Services (email@example.com / 928-523-1520) after filing your appeal to make an appointment with an international student advisor to discuss your situation and any required immigration process or term criteria for returning to Northern Arizona University.
If your appeal is approved and your SEVIS record is currently at another school, you are also required to do the following:
- Contact the DSO at the school holding your SEVIS record to request a “Transfer Out” to NAU
- Follow instructions as provided by ISSS to request and receive your new I-20 from NAU. If you have any questions, please contact your international student advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete check-in at ISSS upon return to NAU
- Complete the Pre-Arrival/Check-in eForms at edu/inau
- Come to the ISSS Service Center with your passport or NAU ID to confirm your arrival in the US