Satisfactory Academic Progress
Federal and state regulations require all financial aid recipients-including those receiving loans, to maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in their program of study. Students receiving scholarships, Veterans' Education Benefits, Student Athletes receiving tuition waivers or scholarships, and students participating in special support programs such as Opportunity Grant, Workfirst, BFET, Worker Retraining and other programs, are also required to maintain SAP.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requires monitoring of two areas:
- Quantitative – Completing credits each quarter, and the amount of time it takes to
complete your degree or certificate.
- Take only required classes needed to complete your degree or certificate.
- Complete a minimum number of credits each quarter based on your enrollment/funding
- Full-time, 12 credits
- Three-fourths time, nine credits
- Half-time, six credits
- Less than half time, all attempted credits
- Complete your degree or certificate within 125% of the credits needed to graduate. All college level credits are counted, even if financial aid was not used when you took the classes.
- You are required to complete the number of credits you are funded for. If your class
is canceled, you reduce the number of credits you were funded for prior to the end
of the fifth day of the quarter, or if you fail to attend a late start class, even
for extenuating circumstances, you must take one of the following steps:
- Register for another required class, or
- Repay a portion of your financial aid if the missing class results in a lower enrollment level. For example: If you registered for 12 credits and a two credit class is canceled, you must repay the difference between funding at full time and funding at 3/4 time.
- Qualitative – Grade Point Average (GPA).
- Maintain a quarterly and cumulative 2.0 GPA.
- Students with a cumulative GPA below a 2.0 are not eligible for aid until their GPA is at least a 2.0. This includes all classes except GED, ABE, and ESL, even if financial aid was not received at the time the classes were taken.
- Grades of U, W, I, N, V, and 0.0 do not count as completed credits, but do not affect your GPA.
Warning status – Students who fail to maintain SAP are typically placed on Warning first. Warning status stays on a student’s record for the next quarter of enrollment. Aid is terminated if a student on Warning Status again fails to complete the minimum Credit/GPA requirements.
Termination status results in cancellation of your funds for subsequent quarters. Termination of Aid results under the following conditions:
- Failure to take required classes.
- Failure to complete at least half the minimum number of required credits based on enrollment/funding status (no Warning is given).
- Cumulative GPA drops below a 2.0.
- Failure to maintain SAP while on Warning Status.
- Failure to complete degree or certificate program within 125% of the credits needed to graduate.
What to do if your aid is terminated:
You may submit a Petition for Reinstatement of Aid if your aid is terminated. We take into consideration any extenuating circumstances that prevented you from successfully completing the quarter. The Petition form is found to the left under "Forms" and contains instructions on how to petition.