What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the level of academic
standing (as defined by the college or university) that a student
must maintain to continue receiving federal student aid. The
requirements are designed to ensure students are making progress
toward completing their degree.
SAP typically includes three components:
|Grade Point Average (GPA)
|The minimum cumulative GPA that must be maintained to remain
eligible for financial aid can vary from one institution to the
|Student must complete a certain percentage of all courses
attempted. The minimum percentage required to remain eligible for
financial aid can vary from one institution to the next.
|Students must complete their certificate, diploma or degree
during a certain timeframe. The maximum time frame must not exceed
150 percent (or time and one-half) of the published program
Check your college or university's website, financial aid
materials or student handbook to determine the SAP standards you
must meet at your college or university. Make sure that you
understand what is expected of you when you accept your financial
aid offer. Don't wait until it's too late to ask questions and
you've lost your aid.
Note: College courses taken while in high
school will be included in SAP calculations for GPA, completion
rate, and maximum timeframe when you enroll in college after high
school. Visit the
Concurrent Enrollment page to learn more.