What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?
The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy is an incentive for all students to achieve attendance and grade point average (GPA) goals throughout the class, ensuring that they learn marketable skills and work habits before graduating.
SAP attendance and GPA guidelines apply to all students enrolled in a full-time credentialed program of at least 600 hours. In order to achieve the SAP policy requirements for each payment period, each student must:
- Maintain at least a "C" average (2.0 GPA)
- Be credited with at least a 90% attendance rate
Failure to meet academic progress could result in non-participation in shadowing experience, exclusion from externships, loss of financial aid disbursements, or ultimately, dismissal from the program.
SAP Review Process
Each full-time credentialed program is divided into Federal Student Aid payment periods. Typically, each payment period equals half of the program's length. The Financial Aid Administrator evaluates student academic progress at the end of each payment period. This evaluation is the official SAP policy review of student performance for grades, attendance, and pace of completion. The pace of completion is determined by dividing the cumulative hours a student has successfully completed by the cumulative number of hours the student has attempted.