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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) 

Q. What is SAP?

A. All students receiving federal Title IV aid (Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Federal Work-Study, Federal Direct Loan, and funds from other federal or state administered program) are required by federal law to be achieving Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to be eligible to receive financial aid.  Schools are allowed to establish their own SAP policies, but once established all students must be held to this standard.

Q.  What is PCC's SAP policy?

A. PCC's SAP policy has 3 components:

1. Students must pass 67% of all credits attempted (For example: A student who has attempted 24 credit hours must have passed at least 16.08 credits: 24 X 67% = 16.08.) This includes all credit hours on the PCC transcript, whether or not the student received financial aid while attempting those credits.  It also includes all transfer credits accepted by PCC (transfer work is included in both the credits attempted and credits completed calculation).

2. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA based on the number of credit hours they have attempted:

ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAMS,
DIPLOMA/ELIGIBLE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
Hours Toward Degree GPA
0 - 10 1.00
11 - 20 1.25
21 - 30 1.50
31 - 40 1.75
41 - 50 1.90
51 and above 2.00

3.  Students may only receive aid for up to 150% of the attempted credit hours for their academic program.  For example, if your program requires 60 credit hours to complete, you may receive financial aid for up to 90 attempted hours (60 X 150% = 90).

Q.  When is SAP measured?

A.  New first-time freshmen and transfer students (those who have never attended PCC before) are awarded financial aid their 1st term if they are eligible without SAP being checked.  All students who apply for financial aid at PCC and have ever attended PCC previously are checked to be sure they are achieving SAP before they are awarded.  This may mean that students who took classes while in high school or were here many years ago and have not been successful in the past may not be eligible to receive financial aid unless they file an appeal and have it approved.   In addition, SAP is checked after each semester to ensure that students already receiving aid are maintaining financial aid eligibility.

Q. What happens if a student fails to achieve SAP at the end of a term?

A. All students are allowed one Warning term when financial aid may continue to be awarded even though the student is not currently achieving SAP.  At the end of the Warning term, if the student has regained SAP, aid will continue.  However, if the student is still not making SAP, all future financial aid is terminated.

Q. Is there a way for a student not achieving SAP to regain financial aid eligibility?

A.  After the Warning term, the only way for a student not achieving SAP to regain eligibility is to file a Financial Aid Appeal and have it approved by the Appeals Committee.

Q.  When should students file an appeal?

A.  All students are strongly urged to file an appeal during the term they are on Warning.  Think of the appeal as your "Insurance Policy".  If the student regains SAP after the Warning term, then the appeal will not be filed.  However, if the student waits until final grades for the Warning term have been posted, and is not achieving SAP, it will be too late to file an appeal for the upcoming term.

Q.  What is the process for filing an appeal?

A.  Students must complete an online course that details the process for submitting an acceptable appeal.  No appeals are allowed until the online course has been completed.


If you are enrolled in the current semester and are on Warning, you may access the online SAP Appeals course. (No longer available).

WE WILL NOT BE GRANTING ACCESS TO THE COURSE AFTER 3:00 PM, November 17th, 2017.  AS THAT WILL NOT LEAVE STUDENTS WITH SUFFICIENT TIME TO REVIEW THE COURSE AND SUBMIT A SUCCESSFUL APPEAL.

If you have already lost your financial aid eligibility or are not currently enrolled, please email mtyson@email.pittcc.edu to gain access to the SAP Appeals course. 


Q.  How often may students file an appeal?

A.  Students are limited to 3 appeals during their time at PCC.  That's why it is important to complete the SAP Appeals course to ensure that you are submitting a valid appeal.