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Financial Aid and Your Grades

Financial Aid and Your Grades

What is SAP?
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) defines successful completion of coursework. SAP determines eligibility for student financial aid.

To remain eligible for Financial Aid, you must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) which are standards established by the College.  Both Federal and State regulations require that we monitor your progression towards the completion of a degree and failure to meet these standards may result in the cancellation of your aid.  We check your progress once you complete at least 12 credits and attend two terms.  This typically occurs for most students at the end of each Spring term.  Download SAP criteria (pdf) for specific requirements.
 
How is SAP measured?

There are three separate measures for SAP:

1. Quantitative Measure (PACE/credit hour progression)
You must complete at least 67% of all the credits you attempt.   The calculation will include credits you transfer into HACC and credits through the Dual Enrollment programs.  The percentage is calculated by taking the number of credits you have passed and dividing it by the number of credits you attempted.

2. Qualitative Measure (Cumulative GPA)
You must also maintain an acceptable Grade Point Average (GPA). Refer to the chart below for minimum GPA requirements.

 

Total Credit Hours Earned

Minimum Cumulative GPA Required

Up to 12

1.0

13 - 24

1.20

25 - 36

1.40

37 - 48

1.60

49 - 60

1.80

61 or Greater

2.00

 

 

3. Maximum Timeframe to Complete a Degree

The maximum allowable timeframe for receiving aid is equal to 150% of the published length of your academic program. For example, if you are pursuing a program that requires 60 credits for graduation, you would reach the maximum timeframe once you attempted 90 credits.  Developmental (Remedial) coursework is not counted in this measure but transfer credits are included.

 

Financial Aid Policy vs. Academic Standing policy

Our Financial Aid SAP policies are similar, but not identical, to the College's Academic Standing policies. You should review both sets of policies and ask for clarification as needed. Questions about federal student aid SAP policies should be directed to the Financial Aid Office;questions about the College's Academic Standing policies should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

 

Repeated Coursework

Once you have passed a course, federal student aid will only pay for one more repeat of that course.  If you must repeat the course a third time, federal aid will not cover the cost of that course and the credits for that course can not be used when determining enrollment status.

 

Academic progress for PHEAA State Grant program

The PHEAA State Grant Agency has its own criteria for measuring your progress. It applies ONLY to the PHEAA State Grant funds. For every full-time PHEAA State Grant you receive, you must successfully complete at least 12 credits. For every part-time State Grant, you must complete at least six credits. Download PHEAA State Grant Progress (pdf) for specific information.