What are the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid?

To be eligible for financial aid, all students, including students transferring to TCC from another institution, must meet TCC’s Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid (SAP). Students’ academic progress is reviewed at the end of each term. A transferring student’s satisfactory progress will initially be determined from the student’s academic history at all previously attended institutions. Students who attended TCC in the past will be reviewed based on all previously attempted courses, regardless of how long ago they attended TCC.

Failure to meet one or more of the established SAP standards will cause a student to be ineligible for financial aid. Students who become ineligible for financial aid due to the failure to meet the SAP will remain ineligible for financial aid until they meet the standards or are granted an approved appeal. Satisfactory academic progress includes all previous academic history, even if the student did not receive financial aid. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor their progress. Although the Financial Aid office attempts to notify students who fail to meet the SAP standards via email, students who do not receive an email notification are still ineligible for financial aid.

Below are the standards of satisfactory progress for financial aid. These standards apply to all students:

• 1-14 attempted credit hours: must maintain a 1.75 GPA or better
• 15 or more attempted credit hours: must maintain a 2.0 GPA or better

• Must complete at least 67 percent of classes attempted (including developmental courses, withdrawals, incomplete courses, unsatisfactory [failure] grades and transfer credit hours)

• Must complete the degree program before attempting more than 150 percent of the total credit hours required for the program

First Time in College, First Semester at TCC

We verify SAP at the end of every semester. Generally, a student is eligible for one Warning semester the first time they fail to meet one or more of the standards. However, for the first semester of attendance at TCC, failure to successfully complete ALL of the classes attempted will result in immediate ineligibility for future funds, even if the student was already awarded for a future term. If documentable mitigating circumstances such as illness, accident, or death of an immediate family member caused the student to miss classes or otherwise fail to succeed academically, the student may file an appeal. If the appeal is approved, the student will be allowed one additional semester of eligibility for financial aid.

Warning Status
The first semester a student fails to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid, they will be placed on Warning status. While the student will continue to receive financial aid during this period, it is the student’s responsibility to restore their academic standing for financial aid by the end of the term in which the Warning status was given. Students will be notified by email that they are on warning status.


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