Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)


Students who wish to appeal for their financial aid eligibility may do so by filing a letter of appeal. Appeals must be based on mitigating circumstances and explain in detail the reasons why they have not been able to restore their academic standing.

Students who anticipate not meeting all SAP benchmarks after being on Warning are encouraged to submit a letter of appeal early. Please keep in mind that there is only a small window of time for you to send in your appeal before the next semester begins. It is recommended to draft a letter once you have been notified through your Goodwin email of your academic standing and submit it to the Academic Progress Coordinator in order to receive your appeal decision before the semester begins.

The SAP Appeal Board will review all letters of appeal to make a determination. Students with letters that have been approved will be on academic probation with financial aid and will meet with the Academic Progress Coordinator to review their academic plan. Students with letters that have been denied will need to set up a payment plan with the Business Office to continue their studies at Goodwin.


Students who have successfully appealed are placed on academic probation with financial aid. The intent of academic probation is to allow students the opportunity to meet gradual benchmarks that will lead them to make Satisfactory Academic Progress in a timely manner. Once the appeal is approved, a student on probation should make an appointment with the Academic Progress Coordinator to create an individualized plan to restore their academic standing.

The individualized plan provides a specific CGPA and pace to meet at the end of their next semester of enrollment. These benchmarks allow students to demonstrate improvement. If a benchmark is not met after any semester of probation, federal financial aid eligibility ends.

Good academic standing is restored after a student attains the required benchmarks for SAP. Once a student fully restores their standing, they are no longer on probation.