Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements


Federal regulations require that financial aid recipients show satisfactory academic progress toward their degree objective. In order to complete a program in the maximum time frame, a student must earn 2/3 of the hours he attempts. Those who do not will be terminated from aid. Programs governed by the satisfactory academic progress policy include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and the Federal Work Study Program. Academic progress will be monitored for all periods of enrollment, whether or not the student received financial aid during those periods. Academic progress is based upon original enrollment at Lawson State; therefore, withdrawals, incomplete grades, and failures are considered hours attempted but not earned. When academic progress is measures, all work attempted at Lawson State and all transferred in credit hours from other institutions will be considered.

A student who has been terminated due to satisfactory academic progress may be reinstated if he earns the 2/3 cumulative hours needed and has a cumulative 2.00 GPA. When the student attends at his own expense to qualify for reinstatement, he must enroll in courses which are required for his degree or certificate and he may not repeat courses which he has already passed. Lawson State's Office of Student Financial Services allows a student two terms of attendance before he will be dropped from aid for failure to make academic progress.

A student whose financial aid is terminated because he fails to make satisfactory academic progress may appeal. Appeals must be made in writing to the Director of Student Financial Services and Financial Aid Appeals Committee must indicate why the student believes he should not be terminated from financial aid. Appeal applications are located on the LSCC webpage, financial aid section, then Satisfactory Academic Progress. Located on the form is the deadline for each semester as to when the appeal is due.

A student having 32 or more attempted hours with the cumulative grade point average below 2.00 is ineligible to receive aid until the cumulative grade point average equals or exceeds 2.00.  A student who fails to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements the following term may not appeal a second time, unless extenuating circumstances exist.  Such circumstances must be documented and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.  A transfer student may not appeal to receive aid if the grade point average is below 2.00 after having attempted 32 cumulative credit hours (residential plus transfer).  

The maximum time frame for completing a program of study is 1.5 times the required published length of the student's specific program. This maximum includes all developmental work taken. A student is no longer eligible for financial aid when he has attempted 1.5 times the number of hours for his degree or certificate.