Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

SAP Policy

Federal regulations require that students maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in their program of study to continue receiving Federal Title IV aid (federal student financial aid). Failure to maintain SAP will result in the loss of federal student financial aid. Federal student financial aid includes:

· Pell Grant

· Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

· Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)

· PLUS loan

· Federal Work Study Program

· HOPE Scholarship and Grant (HOPE is not federal aid, but is affected)

Satisfactory Academic Progress standards are measured based on the student’s performance at Georgia Perimeter College and accepted transfer courses. Satisfactory Academic Progress is measured using a student’s entire academic history at Georgia Perimeter College and accepted transfer hours. These measures include:

1. CGPA: A student must maintain a certain Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) at Georgia Perimeter College.

2. Pace: The pace at which a student must progress in his/her program of study is earning 67% of the total hours attempted.

3. Maximum timeframe: The maximum amount of hours a student may receive financial aid is 150% of the total hours published in his/her program of study.

Students must meet each of the measures to continue receiving financial aid at Georgia Perimeter College. These standards apply to part-time students as well as full-time students. Satisfactory Academic Progress is measured at the end of each term of enrollment after grades have been posted. Students are notified of their status on the Student Information System (SIS), student GPC email, and letter mail.

The Satisfactory Academic Progress standards are applied to all Georgia Perimeter College student population. This includes, but is not limited to:

· Students that receive or have received financial aid.

· Students that have not or do not receive financial aid.

· Students that are or were in ineligible student statuses.

CGPA

A student must maintain a certain cumulative grade point average (CGPA) at Georgia Perimeter College to continue to remain eligible for financial aid.

· The CGPA calculation only includes the hours earned at Georgia Perimeter College, but the total attempted hour range includes hours attempted at Georgia Perimeter College and accepted transfer collegiate level credit hours.   Although, transfer hours are not calculated in the CGPA, transfer hours must be included in the attempted hours range because the hours may be counted toward earning a degree.

· Exclude all hours of Learning Support (LS) and English as a Second Language (ENSL) when determining total attempted hours for CGPA.

If the CGPA is below the minimum in the table, the student is no longer meeting SAP standards and may become ineligible for financial aid. Please use the table below to determine what the student’s SAP CGPA must be:

If your total attempted hours are within this range...

...then your CGPA should at least be

0 - 12

1.50

13 - 27

1.65

28 - 36

1.75

37 - 59

1.85

60 or more

2.00

PACE

Students must earn 67% of the total hours attempted. A pace of 67% is required separately within collegiate level, English as a Second Language (ENSL), and Learning Support (LS) courses.

· Courses earned include grades of: A, B, C, or D*. Depending on your program of study, a grade of “D” may not be considered as earned.

· Courses attempted include any course with grades of: A, B, C, D, F, W, WF, I, S, U or IP.

MAXIMUM TIMEFRAME

The maximum amount of hours a student may receive financial aid is 150% of the total hours published in his/her program of study. Georgia Perimeter College offers two-year degree programs that require approximately 62 collegiate credit hours to graduate and earn an Associate Degree.

150% of 62 collegiate credit hours = 93 maximum attempted hours

Collegiate level courses: The 93 maximum attempted hours is the amount of hours that a student may receive financial aid on collegiate level courses. All hours of LS and ENSL are excluded from the 93 maximum attempted hours.

Learning Support (LS): The maximum attempted hours that financial aid will pay for LS coursework is up to 30 hours. Financial aid will not pay for LS attempted hours above 30 hours. All attempted hours of LS are excluded from the 93 maximum attempted hours.

English as a Second Language (ENSL): There is no limit on the amount of hours that financial aid may be paid on ENSL coursework. All attempted hours of ENSL are excluded from the 93 maximum attempted hours.

Additional Hours: Certain programs of study require hours beyond the standard program of study hours. Students in the following categories may petition for additional hours beyond the 93 maximum attempted hours:

· Nursing

· Dental Hygiene

· Education, with a concentration in Secondary Education

· Accelerated Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA)

· Sign Language Interpreting Program (Career)

· Student has earned a degree at GPC and is pursuing a 2nd degree at GPC.

Certificate Program: Certificate programs and certain career programs require fewer hours to achieve a certificate or a degree. The program and maximum attempted hours are listed below:

Program of Study

Maximum Attempted Hours

Radiologic Technology (Career)

46

Medical Assisting (Career)

30

Fire Management (Certificate)

36

Library and Information Science (Certificate)

27

Sign Language Interpreting (Certificate)

86