Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading Option FAQ
What is the satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grading option being offered for fall 2020?
Visit the Fall 2020 Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading web page for more information about this option
If I opt to take an S/U grade, does it impact financial aid?
Unsatisfactory, or ‘U’ grades can affect financial aid eligibility. In order to stay eligible for aid, undergraduate students must meet three Satisfactory Academic Progress standards:
- maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA
- complete 67% of the credits they attempt
- graduate before attempting 150% of the credits required to obtain a degree in their program.
While ‘U’ grades don’t impact your GPA, they do affect your completion rate. Any F (failing), U (unsatisfactory), I (incomplete), W (withdrawal), or repeat/delete courses with an initial U or F grade will reduce your completion rate for Satisfactory Academic Progress because they are not considered passing or completed credits.
The Office of Financial Aid will evaluate your standing with Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) during the week of January 4 for the fall 2020 term, and S/U grades will be included in that evaluation. If you experience a grade change after the week of January 4, that change will not be captured in your SAP evaluation because it’s calculated at a specific point in time.
Please reach out to us if you are considering the S/U option and would like to know more about how this will affect your financial aid.
How does taking an S/U grade impact my scholarship eligibility?
Academic standards for CSU scholarships are reviewed at the end of the spring semester. This means if you opt for S/U grades for fall 2020, this does not affect disbursement of your spring 2021 scholarship.
When we do review academic standards for scholarship renewals in May 2021, we will review cumulative GPA. S/U grades will not count toward your GPA calculation.
If a student does not meet the academic standards for their CSU scholarship and experienced extenuating circumstances, an appeal can be submitted during the summer of 2021. If you do not meet the academic standards for your scholarship, you will be sent an email with instructions in May of 2021 about how to submit an appeal on RAMweb.
For students with scholarships external to CSU, they should contact their external scholarship to inquire about potential eligibility impact of opting into S/U grades
When will Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) be evaluated for fall 2020 grades?
The Office of Financial Aid will evaluate Satisfactory Academic Progress for fall 2020 during the week of January 4th. Fall 2020 S/U grades will be included in that evaluation.
How do I know my current standing with Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?
You can view your current SAP status, including completion rate, on RAMweb. From the main menu, select Financial Aid then Awards and Requirements. After selecting the 2020-2021 award year, select Eligibility. Please keep in mind this is your current standing and won’t include fall 2020 grade consideration until after SAP is evaluated during the week of January 4.
I still have questions about how S/U could affect my financial aid. Who do I contact?
Please contact our financial aid team and we will assist with additional questions