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, incompletes, 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 2.0 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 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.

If you have over 32 attempted hours and your Grade Point Average is below a 2.0, you will not be eligible to receive aid until your GPA is a 2.0 or higher. Student cannot appeal to receive aid if their GPA is below a 2.0, and they have attempted 32 hours at Lawson State or had hours transferred in from a former school.

The maximum time frame for completing a program of study is 1.5 times the required 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.