Financial Aid

Satisfactory Academic Progress

The SLCC Financial Aid Office is required to have a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy that defines how a student must progress towards their degree. It must apply to all periods of enrollment whether or not you received aid during those periods of enrollment. In addition, the policy must address your qualitative progress, quantitative progress, maximum time frame and your reasonable progression towards completion of a degree.

Quality Measure (Qualitative Progress)

The quality of your work is determined using 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% of the total coursework you attempt. For example, if you take 10 credit hours, you must have valid grades in 7 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.

Reasonable Progression

Reasonable progression toward your degree is shown by completing the courses for which you register. If you drop classes each semester, after receiving aid, it may be determined you are not progressing at a reasonable rate towards graduation. This is typically determined by a Financial Aid Advisor and the Director.

When is progress checked?

Satisfactory progress standards are reviewed at the end of each semester. The standards are measured based on your cumulative and transfer history at SLCC. For example, your CGPA is reviewed as is your cumulative completion rate. Progress can only be checked 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.

Repeat Coursework

Federal regulations prohibit a student from receiving financial aid for ongoing repeated coursework. You may repeat a course until a valid grade is received. Valid grades include “D-“ and above 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 the tuition must be paid by you.

If you repeat a class previously taken at SLCC, the lower grade will automatically be removed from the GPA calculation. This may improve your CGPA but it will lower your completion (pace) rate.