Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
What is the SAP Policy?
In accordance with Federal Financial Aid Regulations, Shasta College has developed the following policy to stay in compliance with the SAP criteria when determining student eligibility for financial aid. Students must meet all three Satisfactory Academic Progress (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 “MyShasta” 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. Every semester counts towards all students’ financial aid eligibility regardless as to whether or not they are receiving financial aid at the time.
The Three SAP Standards are the following:
- Grade Point Average (GPA): Maintain a cumulative 2.0 minimum on a 4.0 scale
Students are expected to complete all attempted coursework associated with their declared educational goal. Students are also expected to maintain a cumulative academic GPA of 2.0. Students are also expected, for financial aid purposes, to maintain a cumulative FA GPA of 2.0. For financial aid purposes this includes all prior coursework (including all repeat, remedial and ESL units). Your academic transcript GPA may differ from your FA GPA due to repeats and withdrawals. Grades of NC (No Credit), NP (Not Passes), IP (In Progress), RD (Report Delayed), INC (Incomplete), W (Withdrawal), or F (Failure) are considered units NOT successfully completed.
- For Nursing/Dental Hygiene/BS-HIM programs, all students actively enrolled must be meeting GPA graduation requirements by the end of their second year
- 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 by visiting: http://www.back2college.com/raisegpa.htm
- 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 unit’s worth of B’s. This students Pace calculation is 12/6=50%. This student would not meet the 67% minimum percent rule.
- 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.
- Students must make progress towards their declared educational goal each semester in order to complete their program of study within the 150% timeframe. It is advised for students to meet with a counselor every semester to ensure they are on track to finish within their allotted timeframe.
- 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:
- Associate degrees = 90 units (Please Note: The Associate Degree for Nursing and for Dental Hygiene require more units, so the maximum units are slightly higher.)
- Certificates = Vary, contact the Financial Aid Office for a specific calculation if necessary
If you have any questions regarding your SAP status or the Shasta College Financial Aid's SAP Policy and Procedures, please contact our Financial Aid Office at (530) 242-7650 or email@example.com.