​​Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

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​​SAP Policy:

In accordance with Federal Financial Aid Regulations, Shasta College has developed the following policy to stay in compliance with the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) criteria when determining student eligibility for financial aid. Students must meet all three SAP standards in order to remain eligible to receive financial aid at Shasta College.

A student’s SAP will be evaluated at the end of each semester and the student will receive notification of their eligibility through the My Shasta Portal as well as email if the student fails to meet one of the SAP standards (listed below). Though we make every effort to notify students of their SAP status in a timely manner, it is the student’s responsibility to understand their progress in relation to the SAP standards. 

Click here to download the full 15-16 SAP Policy


Federal Direct Loans are a form of financial aid and are low-interest loans for students to help pay for the cost of a student's college education. Repayment is required when a student graduates, drops below 6 units a semester, or withdraws from all their classes. Shasta College has the right to reduce or deny loans on a case-by-case basis for students at high-risk for default, including students on Warning, Probation, Contract or in Excess Units. Students who do not meet all SAP standards are considered to be at high-risk and should plan accordingly to meet their educational costs without dependence on maximum annual loan limits. 

The three SAP standards are the following:

1. Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. 

  • This includes all prior coursework (including all repeat, remedial and ESL units) that appears on your Shasta College transcript.
  • See what you need to do to improve your GPA at: GPA Calculator

2. Pace: Complete a minimum of 67% of all cumulative completed vs. attempted units

  • This means that a student must receive credit for at least 67% of all attempted units (including all repeat, remedial, and ESL units). Withdrawals (W), Incomplete (I), No Pass (NP), In Progress (IP), Failing Withdrawal (FW), and Failing (F) grades are all considered units attempted with no credit received. 
    The Pace percentage is calculated as follows:
    Total Units Completed with Credit/Total Units Attempted=Pace
    For Example:
    A student enrolls in their first semester and enrolls in 12 units and ends up receiving 6 units worth of W’s and 6 units worth of B’s. This students PACE calculation is 6 divided by 12 =50%. This student would not meet the 67% minimum percent rule. 
  • Click Here to view the Pace Calculation Grid

3. QUANTITATIVE: Must not attempt more than 150% of the units required for the students declared major.

  • This includes all prior coursework attempted and earned regardless as to whether a degree/certificate has been earned. This includes W’s, I’s, NP’s, IP’s, FW’s and F’s.
  • Up to 30 units of remedial and/or ESL coursework will be excluded from the Quantitative assessment. Any units earned exceeding 30 units in remedial and/or ESL will be counted.
    Breakdown of 150% maximum number of units:
    Transfer Majors = 105 units
    AA/AS = 90 units
    Certificates = Vary. Contact the FA Office for a specific calculation if necessary

SAP Status:

The students SAP status will be reviewed at the end of every semester once grades post. If the student has not met one of the SAP standards they will receive a notification informing them of one of the following SAP status's via email:


The student has met all three SAP standards and is in good standing.

The student has attempted/completed 67% number of units required for their major. It is advised for the student to meet with their counselor and only take courses required for their major to avoid exceeding the 150% Quantitative rule.

WARNING: The student has either has:
  • Fallen below the 2.0 GPA minimum
  • Fallen below the 67% Pace standard
  • Nearing 100% of attempted and completed units required for their major

The student’s SAP status will be posted in their "My Shasta"- "My Forms START HERE" portal which will provide details as to which SAP standard the student did not meet. The student will be funded one semester and will be required to submit their grades at the end of the semester for a review. Students in a Warning status are advised to meet with their counselor, utilize tutoring services, and seek h​elp from their instructors.

The student was unable to clear their Warning status and is now Ineligible to receive financial aid at Shasta College.  Students can regain their eligibility in the following ways:

  • GPA/PACE Ineligible:
    1. Students can continue attending Shasta College without financial aid and as soon as they raise their     GPA and/or PACE to the minimum requirements, they will successfully regain their eligibility.
    2. Students can submit a one-time appeal. See below for more information.
  • QUANTITATIVE Ineligible:
    1. Students can submit a Quantitative Appeal for Extension of Units Form, see below for more            

If you would like to appeal your SAP status Click Here for the Appeal Forms Webpage