What is "Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)"?

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) measures completion of coursework toward a certificate or degree. Federal regulations require us to monitor your progress. If you fall behind in coursework, or fail to achieve standards for GPA and completion of classes, you may lose eligibility for federal and state aid.

SAP is required by all programs except South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance to ensure that students who are receiving federal and state aid are making measurable progress toward completion of a degree, diploma or certificate program within a reasonable time frame. Performance is measured in the following areas:

  • Completion Rate: Financial Aid recipients are required to complete at least two-thirds of the credit hours attempted.
  • Cumulative GPA: Financial Aid recipients must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. (Students may receive SC Lottery Tuition Assistance if they maintain a term GPA of 2.0 on the first 23 hours attempted, but must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for 24 or more hours attempted.)
  • Length of eligibility (150% rule): Financial aid recipients must complete their program of study without having attempted more that 150% of the credit hours required to complete curriculum. Maximum length of eligibility is 180 non-remedial total credits. This limit includes transfer credit earned.