Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress

The purpose of financial aid is to help students successfully complete their degree or certificate programs in a timely manner. To receive aid, students are required to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements while completing their degree or certificate programs. There are conditions that must be met to maintain your eligibility for future semesters. If you drop classes or do not earn good grades, you risk losing your financial aid.


All students receiving financial assistance must attend classes regularly. Attendance is monitored on the second week of classes.

Impact of Dropping or Withdrawing from the Course

What happen if a student receiving financial aid drops or withdraws from a course? Can a student use the financial aid to pay for repeated coursework?

Repeating Coursework

Federal Regulations on Satisfactory Academic Performance and Progress

To remain eligible for financial aid, students must demonstrate satisfactory academic performance and progress.

Satisfactory academic progress is defined as the ratio of credits completed compared to the number of credits attempted. For example:

  • 25 credits completed divided by 50 credits attempted = 50% rate of progress. You have failed to meet satisfactory academic progress.

Satisfactory academic performance is defined as maintaining a satisfactory cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA):

  • If a student only has a 1.80 after taking 36 credits, they are not meeting satisfactory academic performance by maintaining a 1.90 GPA.

Satisfactory Academic Performance (Qualitative Measures)

Qualitative Measure Table
Credit Hours Attempted Minimum GPA
1-11 Credits No Minimum
12-23 Credits 1.70
24-35 Credits 1.80
36-47 Credits 1.90
48 or more credits 2.0


Satisfactory Academic Progress (Quantitative Measure)

Quantitative “Pace”  Measure Table
Credit Hours Attempted Minimum GPA
1-11 Credits No Minimum
12-23 Credits 50%
24-35 Credits 60%
36-47 Credits 65%
48 or more credits 67%

Satisfactory Academic Progress