Satisfactory Academic Progress


Satisfactory Academic Progress is one of the federal requirements for receiving federal aid. The purpose of the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy is to comply with federal regulations that require determination of students’ academic progress before awarding federal financial aid.


We are pleased to announce we have established a partnership with Inceptia to expedite the financial aid appeal process by utilizing the SAP Advisor online portal. SAP Advisor is an accessible, intuitive tool that will guide you through the process to request an appeal and upload an academic plan, if required. You will be notified of your SAP status and the process to complete an appeal, if necessary.

Please note that there is a deadline for submitting a SAP appeal for each term.


  • Fall Deadline – August 10th
  • Spring Deadline – January 10th
  • Summer Deadline – May 31st

 Click HERE to access the appeal. You will need to do the following:

  • Log in by using your last name, last 4 digits of your social security number, and date of birth.
  • Select appeal situation(s) that apply to you.
  • Explain your situation in detail, upload supporting documentation.
  • Complete an academic plan with your advisor and upload it into SAP Advisor.
  • E-sign and submit your appeal.

Upon receipt of all required documents, Fletcher Technical Community College will review your appeal submission. You will be notified via email if there are any questions or if additional documentation is required. Your school will contact you with the results.

About Inceptia

Inceptia is a nonprofit organization committed to innovative, effective and uncomplicated solutions for verification, financial aid management, smart borrowing, financial education and repayment wellness.


  • A student making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) must meet both the qualitative and the quantitative standards to receive federal aid.
  • The qualitative standards are defined as earning a required percentage of the cumulative hours attempted with a required Grade Point Average (GPA) at the end of the evaluation period.
  • The quantitative standards are defined by the federal maximum time frame (Pace) in which a student must complete his or her education program. The time frame cannot exceed 150% (Max Hours) of the published length of the program
  • SAP evaluation is done at the end of the academic semester. Students failing to meet the minimum SAP standards will have to appeal to the SAP committee.
  • If the appeal is denied, then the student will be placed on financial aid suspension which means the student will not be eligible to receive financial aid.
  • If the appeal is approved, the student will be placed on Probation. During the Probationary Period, the student must meet all of the requirements of an academic plan set by the student’s department, the SAP appeals committee, or designee.
  • Students, who meet the probation conditions, will be eligible for federal aid for an academic year.
  • Students who fail to meet the probation/academic plan conditions at the end of the designated time period will be declared ineligible for federal aid and may go through the appeal process or pay to regain eligibility.
  • This policy also applies to former students and transfer students.
  • If a student fails to uphold the conditions of an Academic Plan, he or she may be granted an appeal with sufficient documentation (i.e. proof of tutoring sessions, emails to instructors, etc.). If the student is granted an appeal and still fails to uphold the Academic Plan, no further appeals, with or without documentation, will be granted.