Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal regulations require that HCC track the academic progress of financial aid recipients from the first date of enrollment at HCC, whether or not financial aid was received. A student's progress must be measured both quantitatively and qualitatively.  That is, in addition to a minimum grade point average requirement, a student must complete a minimum percentage of course work and must complete the degree or certificate requirements within a maximum time frame.

HCC measures the progress of each student after each semester or payment period. Failure to meet SAP GPA and Completion/Pace requirements will result in a student being placed on Warning.  At HCC, each student gets one semester of warning.  If the student has not improved the GPA and/or Completion/Pace rate by end of the warning semester, the student is terminated from future financial aid until once again meeting SAP requirements.  Students who exceed the Maximum Time Frame (99 credits) are not placed on warning; they are terminated from financial aid at the end of the semester they attempted 99 credits.  Maximum Time Frame students are sent a notification letter or email when they reach 85 credits if they are receiving financial aid at the time.

Minimum Grade Point Average

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (or minimum G.PA. for major).  Transitional studies (zero level) course grades are calculated into this GPA for financial aid students.

Maximum Timeframe

A student pursuing an Associate degree (approximately 66 credits) may attempt* or transfer in up to 99 credits (150% of degree requirement).  A student who habitually does not complete attempted credits may exceed the maximum time frame for completion before he or she has earned a degree.

Minimum Complete/Pace Rate

Students must successfully complete at least 67% of cumulative attempted credits* at HCC. Transitional studies (zero level) courses are included in this calculation. A successful completion is defined as the grade of A, B, C or D. The grades of F, W, M, N, I or K are not considered as successful completion of the attempted credits.  If a student received an I (Incomplete) grade for a course and later successfully completes the course, the student must notify the Financial Aid Office and request a review of his or her completion/pace rate.


*Transitional Studies Courses: English and Math courses below 100 level.  They are noted with an * next to grade on student transcript.

**Completed Credits: Any class on student transcript with grade of A, B, C or D, including transitional studies courses and transfer (TR) credits.

***Attempted Credits: ALL courses on student transcript, including transitional studies courses and transfer credits.  If a student repeats a course previously taken, both the original and the repeated course are counted as attempted credits.

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