Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards

To maintain eligibility for federal financial aid students must meet the following three Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards depicted below, at the end of every semester they attend (Fall, Spring and Summer).

Cumulative GPA

Pace Maximum Time Frame
Students must maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average ( GPA) at or above 2.0

Students must earn 66.7 percent of the credits they attempt including withdrawn coursework.

Pace is calculated on a cumulative basis by dividing the number of credits earned by the number of credits attempted times 100.

Example: A student has earned 45 credits but attempted 70.

(45/70) X 100 = 64.29%


Students are no longer eligible to receive federal financial aid once they have attempted 150 percent of the credits required to complete their degree, or it is determined to be impossible for a student to graduate within attempting 150 percent of the credits required to complete their degree.

  • A 120 undergraduate credit program (single major or degree) must be completed prior to a student attempting 180 credits.
  • Dual degree/major students have until 240 credits as they have more degree requirements to graduate.
  • The college does not allow for any appeals of the Maximum Time Frame standard, so students in violation lose federal financial aid.

Definition of attempted credits, earned credits, and GPA:

  • Transferred and accepted credits from another institution toward the student’s educational program will be counted as both attempted and completed hours.
  • Progress will be reviewed once the temporary grade of I (Incomplete) has been replaced with an official grade.
  • Repeated classes will count as credits attempted. The higher grade will be used to calculate the GPA.
  • A grade of P counts as attempted credits and earned credits but is not calculated in the GPA.
  • Grades of NC (no Credit) or W (Withdrawal) count as attempted credits but not earned and are not calculated in the GPA.
  • A grade of WF (withdrawal with a grade of F) counts as credits attempted and will count as an F in the GPA.
  • If students change their major, all credits attempted, including those taken towards the prior major will be counted when calculating the cumulative GPA. These credits will also be counted in credits attempted versus credits earned.

Failure to meet any Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards and Financial Aid Warning Period

The first time this occurs you will be notified by email explaining the failure to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards and that you have been placed on Financial Aid Warning Period” for the next semester.  You will still receive federal financial aid during your Financial Aid Warning Period”, however this semester should be used to get back on track academically, and meeting with your academic advisor is encouraged.

Failure to meet satisfactory academic progress standards after the student’s Financial Aid Warning Period” will result in the loss of the federal financial aid, and Institutional scholarship funding listed below unless a Satisfactory Academic Process (SAP) Appeal form (PDF) is approved. 

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Work-Study Program
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
  • Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
  • Institutional Purchase College Out of State Grant

Reestablish Eligibility for Federal Student Aid through a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal

Students who have extraordinary circumstances that prevented them from meeting the minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards can submit an appeal by the deadlines provided in their email notifications.