Financial aid programs are designed to help students successfully complete their degree or certificate programs in a timely manner. Federal and state financial aid regulations require schools to set minimum standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
Students must maintain SAP to be awarded—and to continue receiving financial aid. SAP is monitored every quarter after grades are posted. Guidelines require that we count all classes, even if a student was not receiving financial aid at the time they were enrolled (i.e. Running Start).
Please feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions.
Students must meet the following 4 requirements to receive and maintain financial aid:
Students who do not meet the requirements above will be placed on financial aid warning or suspension.
To remain in good standing for financial aid, the student must complete the minimum credits listed in the table below. It shows the required credits and financial aid status based on enrollment level as of Census Day.
|Enrollment by Census Day||Minimum Required For Good Standing||Financial Aid Warning||Financial Aid Suspension|
|12 or more credits/Full time||12 credits||6-11 credits||Less than 6 credits|
|11 credits/Three quarter time||11 credits||6-10 credits||Less than 6 credits|
|10 credits/Three quarter time||10 credits||5-9 credits||Less than 5 credits|
|9 credits/Three quarter time||9 credits||5-8 credits||Less than 5 credits|
|8 credits/Half time||8 credits||4-7 credits||Less than 4 credits|
|7 credits/Half time||7 credits||4-6 credits||Less than 4 credits|
|6 credits/Half time||6 credits||3-5 credits||Less than 3 credits|
|1-5 credits/Less than Half Time||All funded credits||No warning status||Less than all credits|
All attempted credits are included in the evaluation of SAP to determine completed credits.
Credits with the following are included and not considered successfully completed credits:
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. The most recent grade for a repeated course is used to determine GPA (limit one graded repeat per course).
Students enrolled in a program with more than 90 required credits, must have a cumulative GPA of a 2.0 at the end of their second academic year (90 credits).
Students must complete at least 67% of the credits that they attempt. Credits for a class are considered “not completed” if you receive any of the following grades for that class:
How to Calculate Your Progress Percentage
To figure out your progress percentage:
For example: if you have taken 45 credits total and you failed two 5-credit classes, then you have completed 35 out of 45 credits and your progress percentage is .78, or 78%.
If you lose financial aid because you have not met SAP standards, then you can regain your financial aid two ways: by appealing or meeting SAP standards on your own.
If you are no longer eligible for financial aid but plan to continue attending, please contact the Financial Aid office for other funding options.