Satisfactory Academic Progress



May 21



Satisfactory Academic Progress is one of the federal requirements for receiving federal aid. The purpose of the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy is to comply with federal regulations that require determination of students’ academic progress before awarding federal financial aid.



A student making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) must meet both the qualitative and the quantitative standards to receive federal aid.

The qualitative standards are defined as earning a required percentage of the cumulative hours attempted with a required Grade Point Average (GPA) at the end of the evaluation period.

  • The quantitative standards are defined by the federal maximum time frame (Pace) in which a student must complete his or her education program. The time frame cannot exceed 150% (Max Hours) of the published length of the program.
  • SAP evaluation is done at the end of the academic semester. Students failing to meet the minimum SAP standards will have to appeal to the SAP committee.
  • If the appeal is denied, then the student will be placed on financial aid suspension which means the student will not be eligible to receive financial aid.
  • If the appeal is approved, the student will be placed on Probation. During the Probationary Period, the student must meet all of the requirements of an academic plan set by the student’s department, the SAP appeals committee, or designee.
  • Students, who meet the probation conditions, will be eligible for federal aid for an academic year.
  •  Students who fail to meet the probation/academic plan conditions at the end of the designated time period will be declared ineligible for federal aid and may go through the appeal process or pay to regain eligibility.
  • This policy also applies to former students and transfer students.


Satisfactory Academic Progress Links

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Form