Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy


The SPC Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is separate and stricter than SPC Admissions and Records Academic SAP requirements. The Financial Aid Transcript located in CampusConnect includes the calculations from this policy.

Requirements of SAP

In order to receive financial aid, all three of the following criteria must be met:

  • Earn and maintain a cumulative grade point average of a 2.0 or above;
  • Maintain a pace of at least 67% (cumulative number of credit hours earned divided by the cumulative credit hours attempted as calculated on the Financial Aid Transcript);
  • Graduate with no more than 150% of the credit hours required for your declared major. This limit includes all college level course(s) a student attempts, even if the student uses their own resources.

SAP is calculated at the conclusion of each semester.

Financial Aid Warning

The first time a student fails to meet the SAP criteria, they will be placed on Financial Aid Warning. During the Warning period, a student will continue to qualify for financial aid for one semester. In order to be removed from the Warning status, all three of the SAP criteria must be met.

Financial Aid Suspension

Failure to meet the SAP criteria while on Financial Aid Warning will result in Financial Aid Suspension. While on Suspension, a student will not be eligible for work-study, grants, or loans from the Financial Aid Department. Students may enroll in classes for the next semester, but must pay all expenses. In order to be removed from the Suspension status, all three of the SAP criteria must be met.

Notification of Status

SPC will notify students of their financial aid status in the following ways:

  • On CampusConnect
  • Via emails sent to the student's SPC email account  

Financial Aid Appeals

Appeal forms may be picked up at any SPC Financial Aid office or you may CLICK HERE for the Financial Aid Appeal Form. The appeal packet must be complete before submission. Incomplete packets will not be considered. The decision of the appeal committee is final. Only one appeal will be reviewed in any given semester. The deadline to turn in an appeal is two months after the first class day of the fall/spring semester in question. For summer semesters, it is 15 days after the first class day.

Repetitions, Remedial Courses, Withdrawals, and Incompletes

  • Only the latest grade for a repeated course is calculated in the cumulative GPA
  • All repeated coursework will be counted in the pace and against the 150% credit hour limit
  • If otherwise eligible, a student may receive financial aid for a maximum of 30 attempted credit hours in remedial course work. Once the 30-credit-hour maximum is reached, additional remedial credit hours will not be used to calculate the award amount
  • Remedial hours are not included in the calculation of the 150% credit hour limit, the completion rate, or in the cumulative GPA calculation 
  • Grades of W, X, F, and I will be counted as hours attempted but will not be counted as hours successfully earned

Transfer Students

Course credit from another institution that is accepted and officially transcribed as transfer credit by SPC will count toward the 150% maximum calculated hours as well as the pace. Grades from other schools are not considered in SPC's Financial Aid SAP policy.


April  2018