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Satisfactory Academic Progress
Our Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy defines how students must progress toward their degrees. The policy applies to all periods of your enrollment, whether or not you received aid during those periods. It also addresses your qualitative progress, quantitative progress, maximum time frame, and your progression toward completion of a degree.
Quality Measure (Qualitative Progress)
The quality of your work is determined via your Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). You must maintain a CGPA of 2.0 or higher. A 2.0 is equivalent to a “C” grade.
Pace Measure (Quantitative Progress)
You must complete at least 70 percent of the total coursework you attempt. For example, if you take 10 credit hours, you must have valid grades in seven of those hours. Valid grades are “A,” “B,” “C,” and “D.” An “E” grade is considered invalid when determining coursework completed. Transfer hours are included in this measure of progress.
By completing your registered courses, you show reasonable progression toward your degree. If you drop classes each semester, after receiving aid, it may be determined you’re not progressing at a reasonable rate toward graduation. This typically is determined by a Financial Aid adviser and the director.
When is progress checked?
Your progress is reviewed at the end of each semester, based on your cumulative and transfer history at SLCC. For example, your CGPA is reviewed, as is your cumulative completion rate. Your progress can be checked only after all your grades are posted. If an instructor fails to post your grade, progress cannot be determined and aid will not be disbursed for future terms until the missing grade is posted.
You may repeat a course until a valid grade is received. Valid grades include “D-minus” and higher, as well as “P” grades. Once a valid grade has been received, you may retake the course one additional time. Any subsequent retakes cannot be counted toward financial aid hours and you must pay the tuition.
If you repeat a class previously taken at SLCC, the lower grade will automatically be removed from your GPA calculation. This may improve your CGPA but it will lower your completion (Pace) rate.