Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) denotes a student’s successful completion of coursework toward their LSSC degree. Federal regulations require the Lake-Sumter State College Financial Aid Office to monitor the student’s progress toward their degree completion at LSSC . Students who fall behind in their coursework, fail to take classes in their desiganted program at LSSC, fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average or fail to complete classes in a maximum timeframe may lose their eligibility for all types of federal and state aid at Lake-Sumter State College.
- Maintain a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
- The minimum CGPA for undergraduate students is 2.0. GPA requirements for scholarships may be higher. The student’s GPA will be reviewed each semester, after the posting of semester grades.
- Complete at least 67% of all hours attempted each semester
- This will be reviewed at the end of each semester after the posting of semester grades. The aggregate percentage of coursework attempted and passed must equal 67% or greater at each review. For example, an undergraduate student who enrolls for 12 hours and completes only 8 hours has completed 66% of attempted hours and therefore, does not meet standards.
- Complete a degree program in a maximum timeframe of no more than 150% of the average length of program
- For example, the average number of hours it should take to complete an AA degree is 60 hours. Using that average, 150% equals 90 hours. For students who are enrolled in the BAS-OM program, it should take no more than 120 hours to complete. Using that average, 150% equals 180 hours, which is the maximum number for which a student could receive financial aid (assuming requirements 1 and 2 are also met).
Frequent Student Situations
- For transfer students
- The number of transfer hours accepted at the point of admission will be used to calculate the student’s remaining eligibility under the 150% calculation and will be included in the quantitative calculation, which includes the number of hours attempted and completed. In order to meet the qualitative (GPA) component, the student must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Transfer students whose cumulative GPA and/or completion ratio is below the minimum standards for more than one semester, will be placed on suspension. The student has the option to appeal the suspension if they believe they have mitigating circumstances.
- For second undergraduate degree students
- A student, who has already earned a degree and is pursuing a second degree, will be given 150% of stated hours required for the second degree program and will include hours taken previously that will apply to the second degree.
- Treatment of Audits
- Audited classes are not considered “financial aid eligible”; therefore, they do not count as hours attempted or hours completed.
- Remedial Coursework
- Remedial coursework hours are considered “financial aid eligible”; therefore, they are counted as attempted hours. A maximum of 30 remedial hours excluding ESL courses may be funded.
- Treatment of Consortium Agreements
- Consortium coursework is considered to be courses taken at other approved institutions for credit towards a degree at a student’s home institution. All hours accepted for credit towards a student’s declared program will be considered for GPA, timeframe, and hours attempted.
- Treatment of Summer Terms
- Enrollment in any or all summer sessions within the same calendar year will be considered one term. All hours attempted will be calculated in the completion percentage and GPA, and maximum timeframe.
- Treatment of Withdrawals
- Withdrawals will be counted as hours attempted, but not factored into cumulative GPA.
- Incompletes will be treated as hours attempted, but not factored into the cumulative GPA.
- Repeated Courses
- Financial aid will pay for a student to retake any previously passed course one-time only. Financial aid will pay for failed repeat courses as long as other SAP standards are met.
Notification of Students Not Meeting SAP
Both the qualitative (GPA) and quantitative (percentage and time-frame) for SAP are evaluated at the end of each term (fall, spring, summer). Students not meeting SAP requirements will fall into two categories.
Financial Aid Warning
- GPA and/or Completion Percentage – The first time a student does not meet the cumulative GPA and/or completion ratio percentage requirement(s), he/she will be placed on WARNING and notified accordingly. Students remain on warning until the next time SAP is reviewed. During the warning period, students remain eligible for Federal Financial Aid.
Financial Aid Suspension
- GPA and/or Completion Percentage – If a student on “warning” does not improve the GPA and/or Completion Ratio Percentage the next term of enrollment, the student will be placed on suspension. During the suspension period, the student will not receive any federal financial aid.
- Maximum Time Frame – A student will be placed on suspension if he/she has reached or exceeded 150% of the normal timeframe required to complete a degree program (includes both LSSC and transfer hours). He/she is ineligible for federal financial aid and notified accordingly.
Appealing a Suspension
It is the responsibility of the student to initiate any appeal for consideration of reinstatement of Federal Financial Aid eligibility. It requires a student to provide documentation of mitigating circumstances, a written statement explaining what happened and what has changed. Academic reinstatement by the Registrar’s Office or the Advising Office does not constitute reinstatement of financial aid eligibility.
All appeals will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee. The committee’s decision is final. If the committee’s decision is to uphold the denial, the student may not submit any subsequent appeal requests for funding consideration. If an appeal is approved, the student must follow the plan the committee approved.
In order to regain eligibility for federal financial aid, the student must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards or be approved to continue on financial aid through an academic plan.