What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?

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. 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 standards of satisfactory progress will make a student ineligible for financial aid. Students who become ineligible for financial aid due to the failure to meet the standards of satisfactory progress for financial aid will remain ineligible for financial aid until they meet the standards. Satisfactory progress includes all previous academic history, even if the student did not receive financial aid. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor his or her progress. Although the Financial Aid office attempts to notify students who fail to meet the satisfactory progress standards through an email, students who do not receive an email notification are still ineligible for financial aid.

Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid
Below are the standards of satisfactory progress for financial aid. These standards apply to all students:

• 1-14 attempted hours: must maintain a 1.5 GPA or better
• 15-29 attempted hours: must maintain a 1.8 GPA or better
• 30 or more attempted 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 grades [failures] 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

TCC verifies Standards of Academic Progress for Financial Aid (SAP) at the end of every semester. Generally, a student is eligible for one Warning semester the first time he or she fails 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 the satisfactory progress standards for financial aid, he or she 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 his or her 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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