Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements

Federal regulations require that, for financial aid purposes, the College must establish and monitor standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in three areas:  cumulative GPA (Qualitative Measurement), hours earned each term (67% Pace Measurement), and program completion time limits (150% Pace Measurement).  A student must maintain satisfactory progress in all three areas regardless of receipt of previous financial aid

In order to maintain satisfactory progress, a student receiving financial aid must:

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0  A student must maintain a GPA consistent with the established College policy.  Any financial aid student whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 at the end of a term will be placed on financial aid warning for the next term of attendance.  Students attending under the status of financial aid warning will remain eligible for financial aid.  Any student under financial aid warning who does not meet the minimum 2.0 GPA requirement at the end of the term’s measurement of progress will become ineligible to receive financial aid.  Any student deemed ineligible for financial aid (by the Financial Aid Office), will have the opportunity to appeal for extenuating circumstances.  Students under financial aid warning status with an approved appeal will be placed on financial aid probation.  Students attending under the status of financial aid probation will remain eligible for financial aid.  Any student under financial aid probation who does not meet the minimum 2.0 GPA requirement at the end of the term’s measurement of progress will be notified by the Financial Aid Office of ineligibility for future financial aid until the academic deficiencies are resolved; and/or
  2. Complete 67% of the total credit hours attempted each term    Financial aid students must complete at least 67% of all hours attempted each term.  Successful completion includes grades of P, D, or higher and does not include grades of F, IP, R and/or W.  If the financial aid student falls below the 67% completion rate, the student will be notified by the Financial Aid Office of their first 67% violation and placed on financial aid warning for the next term of attendance.  Students will remain eligible for financial aid while under financial aid warning and must complete at least 67% of all hours attempted during the next term of enrollment.  Students not completing 67% of the requirements of the term of enrollment will become ineligible to receive financial aid.  Any student deemed ineligible for financial aid (by the Financial Aid Office), will have the opportunity to appeal for extenuating circumstances.  Students under financial aid warning status with an approved appeal will be placed on financial aid probation.  Students attending under the status of financial aid probation will remain eligible for financial aid.  Any student under financial aid probation who does not complete 67% of the requirements of the term of enrollment will be notified by the Financial Aid Office of ineligibility for future financial aid until the curriculum completion deficiencies are resolved; and
  3. Complete program of study within 150% of the semester hours required to graduate  Students are required to complete their curriculum within 150% of the curriculum length.  All hours attempted at Coastal, excluding developmental courses, are counted toward this maximum timeframe for curriculum completion (regardless of when they were attempted).  Financial aid students who exceed the 150% maximum timeframe standard will be notified by the Financial Aid Office of their ineligibility for future financial aid.

Maximum Time-Frame Standard

All hours attempted at Coastal, regardless of when they were attempted, are counted toward this maximum time frame for curriculum completion.  Financial aid students who exceed the 150% maximum time frame standard will no longer be eligible for financial aid.