Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

Federal regulations require that all students who receive federal aid make satisfactory academic progress.

***PRELIMINARY 2016-2017 Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Message***
SAP progress will be reviewed again after both Spring & Summer 2016. If you are enrolled, the additional review may result in your SAP changing to an eligible status.

Sacramento City College students are evaluated based on the following standards:

2016-2017 Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Quantitative – Pace – Complete at least 67% of units enrolled:

Progress Percentage = Total units with a grade of “F”, “NC,” “W,” “NP”, “IP” and “I” including academic renewal courses divided by the total units attempted. Non-completion percentage must be 33% or less.

Qualitative – Maintain a minimum of a 2.0  Sacramento City College Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).

Maximum Timeframe – Students who have completed a Bachelor degree or higher (including a foreign Degree) or attempted more than 150% of the units required for their degree or certificate program will be denied financial aid. Units earned at another college that are transferred to and accepted or completed at Los Rios Community College District will be calculated into the total number of units attempted. Up to 30 units of remedial coursework taken at Sacramento City College may be deducted from the total units accumulated. ESL classes are counted toward the total number of units attempted. Students who enroll in ESL or excessive remedial courses that do not apply to their degree or certificate may exhaust their financial aid eligibility.

Course Repetition and Academic Renewal: To determine the student’s GPA, the most recent grade for a repeated course and all grades for academic renewal courses will be counted. All units (both current and prior) from repeated and academic renewal courses are counted toward the 150% maximum timeframe of units a student is permitted to attempt. Students are not eligible to receive aid for more than one repetition of a course that has been previously passed.

Warning: Students who have one semester of not having a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater and/or a progress completion percentage equal to or greater than 67 percent following a good semester where the student is meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards may be placed on warning for one semester and still be eligible to receive Title IV aid.

Re-establishing Eligibility: Students who are denied aid due to their failure to meet SAP standards, may regain Title IV eligibility by reestablishing their eligibility by meeting the SAP standards based on their own actions, or by being approved on Appeal. Students who are denied aid due to unsatisfactory academic progress may be offered the opportunity to appeal the denial. Students who want to appeal must meet the appeal eligibility criteria and submit an appeal form and all supporting documentation to the financial aid office.

Students who have attempted 150 or more units or have BA degree or higher are not eligible to appeal the denial of aid regardless of the reason. (This total attempted units includes units transferred in from other colleges and completed at other LRCCD colleges). If a student has been approved on appeal prior to reaching 150 units, the student may continue to receive aid until the end of their program as long as they meet the requirements of their probation. If the student fails to meet the requirements of their probation and is beyond 150 units, the student is no longer eligible for appeal.

2015-2016 Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

1.  Maintain Progress – Complete at least 67% of units    enrolled:

Progress Percentage = Total units with a grade of “F”, “NC,” “W,” “NP”, “IP” and “I” divided by the total units attempted. Non-completion percentage must be 33% or less.

2.  Maintain a minimum of a 2.0 Sacramento City College Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).  Students must maintain a GPA consistent with graduation requirement and have a 2.0 GPA.  The GPA will include the last repeated class and also the academic renewal units.

3.  Maximum Timeframe – Students who have attempted more than 150% of the units required for a degree or certificate program will be denied financial aid.  Units completed at other colleges or taken without the assistance of financial aid are calculated into the total number of units attempted. Up to 30 units of remedial coursework may be deducted from the total units accumulated.  ESL classes are counted toward the total number of units attempted.  Students who enroll in ESL or excessive remedial cours­es that don’t apply to their degree or certificate may exhaust their financial aid  eligibility.

4.  Course Repetition: To determine the student’s GPA, the most recent grade for a repeated course will be used. All units (both current and prior) from repeated courses are counted toward the 150% maximum timeframe of units a student is permitted to attempt.  Students are not eligible to receive aid for more than one repetition of a course that has been previously passed.

5.  Re-establishing Eligibility: Students who are denied aid due to their failure to meet SAP standards, may regain Title IV eligibility by reestablishing their eligibility by meeting the SAP standards based on their own actions, or by being approved on Appeal.

Students who are denied aid due to unsatisfactory academic progress may be offered the opportunity to appeal the denial. Students who want to appeal must meet the appeal eligibility criteria and submit an appeal form and all supporting documentation to the financial aid office.

Students who have attempted 150 or more units or have BA degree or higher are not eligible to appeal the denial of aid regardless of the reason. (This total attempted units includes units transferred in from other colleges and completed at other LRCCD colleges). If a student has been approved on appeal prior to reaching 150 units, the student may continue to receive aid until the end of their program as long as they meet the requirements of their probation. If the student fails to meet the requirements of their probation and is beyond 150 units, the student is no longer eligible for appeal.