FINANCIAL AID Satisfactory Academic Performance and Progress

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Satisfactory Academic Performance and Progress

To receive financial aid, a student must demonstrate satisfactory academic performance and progress.

Satisfactory Academic Performance is defined as maintaining a satisfactory cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). 

Satisfactory Academic Progress is defined as the ratio of credits completed compared to the number of credits attempted.

The chart below list the quantitative and qualitative requirements for academic performance and progress. 

Satisfactory Academic Performance

  • First semester, a cumulative GPA of 1.4 or higher is required.
  • Second semester, a cumulative GPA of 1.6 or higher is required
  • Third semester, a cumulative GPA of 1.8 or higher is required
  • Fourth semester, or more, a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher is required.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Credits attempted    Percentage completed
       12-24                            50%
       25-48                            60%
       49-72                            70%
       73-96                            80%
       97+                               90%

“D” grades do not count as completed courses for ESL,
Developmental Studies and courses in the major.

REMEDIAL CREDITS:  Financial Aid will fund up to 30 credits of remedial courses. Remedial credits count towards grade point average (GPA) and attempted credits.

ATTEMPTED CREDITS:  Attempted credit hours are defined as the hours for which the student is enrolled and charged on the census date [the 10th day of enrollment] of the semester. Earned or completed hours are defined as the hours which the student has earned a grade of A, B, C, or D .  Withdrawals, incompletes, audits, failures are not considered earned credit hours. Remedial courses and repeated courses are included in the calculation of attempted and earned credit hours.

MAXIMUM TIME LIMIT REQUIREMENTS:  Students must complete their course work within the maximum time frame which is 150% of the published length of the education program measured by the attempted and transferred credits.

EVALUATION OF STANDARDS OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS:  A financial aid recipient’s academic progress is evaluated after the end of the spring semester.  At that time, a student will either be satisfactory or unsatisfactory. 

A student who is satisfactory is in “good standing“and has met both the requirements of SAP (performance and progress).

Students who are unsatisfactory will be evaluated to determine if they will be placed on 1) a “warning” semester, (student does not have to appeal), 2) a term of probation (student must appeal) , or 3) an Academic Plan (student must appeal). 

Students are notified of their unsatisfactory status via their student portal.  Instructions are given to the student advising them on what action need to be taken (i.e., submit an Appeal, see an advisor, etc.). 

If order to appeal for a term of probation a student must be within 12 to 15 credits of meeting financial aid progress standards or within a few points of the required cumulative GPA.   An appeal of probation will be given for 1 semester only, and the student will be reevaluated after the probation semester.


Students who are within 12 to 15 credits of meeting standards may submit an appeal for a semester of “Probation”  to the Financial Aid Appeal Committee.

Students who need to make up more than 15 credits are required to submit an appeal for an “Academic Plan”.  The student will be directed to meet with their academic advisor who will review their deficiency and map a 3 semester plan for improved progress.  The Academic Plan requires the student to successfully complete all classes in which they register for in each semester.  The student must also attain a minimum GPA of 2.0.  If a student withdraws from a class, or fails to attain a 2.0 during the semester, they have failed to satisfy the terms of their Academic Plan, and are ineligible for financial aid indefinitely. 

However, under extreme circumstances for which a student can provide documentation, may the student request a meeting with the Director of Financial Aid, for reconsideration to have their Academic Plan reinstated. 

WARNING:  If a student fails to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements, they will be placed on a “warning” and will be eligible for financial aid for one payment period. No appeal required.

PROBATION:  If a student did not satisfactorily regain good academic standing after being on a warning semester, but could possibly regain good standing within the next semester, they will be placed on “Probation” after they have submitted an appeal to the Financial Aid Appeal Committee and the appeal has been approved.

The student successfully passes his probation semester if he meets the financial aid standards of satisfactory academic progress and performance. 

If a student is placed on “probation”, financial aid will be paid for one (1) payment period only.  There are no consecutive payment periods of Probation.   

ACADEMIC PLANS:  A student will be placed on an Academic Plan if he cannot meet the financial aid standards of progress and performance within 1 semester. 

The student must submit an appeal and meet with their Advisor who will work within the student to help them successfully complete their program within a specified period of time.  A plan is typically mapped out for the student for a maximum of 3 semesters. 

The terms of the Academic Plan are designed to monitor the student and ensure he/she is making progress toward completing their program of study.  While on the plan, the student must meet the following terms:  1) must complete all classes for which they register, 2) must pass all classes, and 3) must earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or better.

If the student fails to meet any of the above criteria, they are denied financial aid indefinitely or until they have met the financial aid standards of satisfactory academic progress and performance.

Appeals  Students who failed to meet the terms of their Academic Plan, and are no longer eligible for financial assistance which includes Federal grants, State grants, FWS, and student loans.  They may however, apply for an alternative loan through outside sources.  

SUSPENSION: If a student fails to meet the conditions of the Probation semester, or the terms of their Academic Plan, their financial aid will be suspended and the student cannot regain financial aid eligibility until such time they are meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress and Performance.

MAXIMUM TIMEFRAME: Students who have attempted more than 150% of their degree program are ineligible for financial aid. 

Please Note: Failure to meet the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress does not preclude a student from enrolling in subsequent semesters provided the student meets the academic requirements of the College.