Academic Appeals

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

You must submit the Letter of Appeal if you meet any of the criteria below:

  • Cumulative GPA below 2.0 at the end of the spring semester
  • Undergraduate or Graduate with a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) of less than 67% at the end of the spring semester (cumulative earned hours / cumulative attempted hours) * 100
  • 180 or more cumulative attempted hours
  • Graduate with 54 or more cumulative attempted hours

When you lose FSA eligibility, you may appeal on the basis of an injury, illness, death of a relative, or other special or unusual circumstances. You must submit verifiable documentation to support your basis.

The Letter of Appeal must include verifiable documentation to support your claim as to why you were not academically successful and what has changed in your situation that will allow you to make satisfactory academic progress by the end of the spring semester.

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

Spring Semester - October 30
Summer I Term - May 15
Summer II Term - June 22
Fall Semester - July 20

Letter of Appeal - You must print this form and mail or email it to

For more information on the Academic Appeal process, please contact Mrs. Carol Marshall at (910) 672 1711. Send all 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. 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. 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