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Home » Catalog » Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal statutes and regulations require that recipients of federal financial aid must progress at a pace to ensure students complete their degrees with the maximum time frame allowed and must be in good standing based on cumulative GPA requirements.

Students will be reviewed on a semester basis. Students not making SAP (either the pace or the GPA requirement) as described below will lose their financial aid eligibility for all aid types. Students will have to successfully appeal to the Director of Financial Aid in order to continue to receive Title IV aid despite failing SAP standards. Students who are academically dismissed from their programs are automatically recognized as failing to meet SAP standards.

All semesters of enrollment, including summer, must be considered in the determination of SAP, even periods in which the student did not receive federal student aid funds.
  1. Pace/Time Progression Students must successfully complete 67% of their attempted courses within the VSC as recorded and documented by the Office of the Registrar. Dropped courses will not be included. Courses from which the student is withdrawn after the end of the add/drop period will be counted toward attempted courses. For financial aid eligibility, total hours attempted, including transfer credits counted toward the degree, can not exceed 150% of graduation requirements. As an example: if you attempt/enroll in 12 credits for one semester, you must successfully complete 8 of those 12 credits (12 x 67%=8).
  2. GPA Requirement Students with fewer than 30 attempted credits must maintain a cumulative GPA of 1.75. Students with 30 attempted credits or greater must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 as recorded and documents by the Office of the Registrar.
  3. Maximum Time Frame The maximum time frame for students to complete their academic program may not exceed 150% of the published length of the program, measured in credit hours. As an example: If your associate degree program requires 68 credits, the maximum time frame allowed to complete the program would be 102 credits* (68 x 150%=102). 
*Different programs have different degree requirements. Consult the catalog description for your specific degree program requirements. Students who have reached the maximum time frame will not be eligible for federal financial aid.


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