Academic Appeals

To be eligible for Federal Student Aid (FSA), you must meet requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Per the Department of Education, we must have a reasonable policy in place to monitor your academic progression.

If you are applying for readmission or you meet any of the criteria listed below at the end of a spring semester, you must submit the Academic Appeal Form. 

                    Cumulative GPA below 2.0
                    SAP less than 67% - Undergraduate or Graduate
                    Undergraduate student with 180 or more attempted hours
                    Graduate student who has exceeded 150% of your program degree hours

If applying for readmission and you have attended other institutions since being enrolled at FSU, you must provide all transcripts from other institutions.

Your appeal may be based on any of the below and you must have verifiable supporting documentation. Verifiable supporting documentation means your documentation must support all terms that lead to your suspension, probation, completion rate, or excessive hours and can be verified.

*Injury, illness or physical disability to student or immediate family: statement or

supporting/verifiable documents from doctor or healthcare provider explaining
nature and dates of illness  
*Death of immediate family: funeral program, obituary or death certificate 
*Work-related difficulties: statement from employer explaining work-related difficulties, and

how situation has changed   
*Significant trauma in student's life that impaired emotional and/or physical health: 
statement or supporting/verifiable documents from physician, social worker, 
psychiatrist, counselor, police, etc.  
*COVID-19 Disruption: supporting/verifiable documents regarding the COVID-19 outbreak 
including, but not limited to, an illness to student or family member, compliance to a
quarantine period, or the general disruption resulting from this outbreak   
*Exceeded Maximum Attempted Hours to Complete Degree: Must submit the Financial Aid 
Excessive Review Form

The Academic Appeal Form must be completed in its entirely and include documentation to support your statements of what happened as to why you have not been academically successful, what has changed in your situation, and what you plan to do to remain successful that you may complete your degree requirements.  

Appeal Deadlines
Deadlines are based on the academic calendar and are subject to change

Spring Semester - October 30 for currently enrolled students
Spring Semester - November 30 for students seeking readmission
Summer I Term - May 15
Summer II Term - June 20
Fall Semester - June 20

NOTE: Ensure you have all documentation  available before completing this form.  This form is supported by Microsoft Office Forms

Click Academic Appeal Form  to complete and submit the form by the appropriate date.

For more information on the Academic Appeal process, please send email inquiries to

Academic Standing




Good Standing

Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher

You are eligible for continued enrollment and may be eligible for financial aid.


Cumulative GPA below 2.0 at the end of the fall semester

You are eligible for continued enrollment and may be eligible for financial aid. You will not be permitted to register without meeting with your officially assigned advisor and preparing an Academic Success Plan. Your enrollment is limited to 14 hours.


Cumulative GPA below 2.0 at the end of the spring semester

You are ineligible for continued enrollment and ineligible for financial aid unless suspension is successfully appealed. If you successfully appeal your suspension, you will be reinstated and required to participate in the Student Success Program. If you are suspended a second time, you will not be permitted to re-enroll unless you improve your status in summer school or participate in Academic Fresh Start.

Academic Fresh Start

Academic Fresh Start allows students whose academic record would otherwise prevent them from enrolling to resume their studies at Fayetteville State University after a period of non-enrollment without the burden of their prior grade point average. Students suspended two times can only return under Academic Fresh Start.

To be eligible for Academic Fresh Start, students must meet admissions criteria at Fayetteville State University. Students must demonstrate the potential for degree completion in one of the following ways:

  1. They must have a period of non-enrollment for at least four consecutive semesters and provide evidence in their request that the conditions that led to poor academic performance have been corrected; OR
  2. They must have a record of academic performance at another institution subsequent to their departure from FSU that demonstrates the potential for academic success at FSU.

    A record of academic performance may be demonstrated by earning an Associate's degree, completing an academic certificate program, or earning at least 15 semester hours with a C or better.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

You are evaluated for satisfactory academic progress at the end of the academic year (spring), at which time you must have earned at least 67% of your attempted hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 if you are an undergraduate student and a minimum GPA of 3.0 if you are a graduate student.

Excessive Hours

If your total attempted hours (including all transfer hours) exceeds 180 if you are undergraduate and 54 for graduate, you may re-enroll if your GPA is 2.0 or higher for undergraduate and 3.0 or higher for graduate , but will be ineligible for financial aid without successfully appealing through the Academic Appeals Committee for a one time only approval of maximum hours. You will be evaluated for financial aid eligibility at the end of the academic year (spring) and will be notified by the Academic Appeals Committee of your eligibility status.

Additional Form Required:

Financial Aid Excessive Hours Review Form