Students who receive federal financial aid are required to make satisfactory academic progress in order to receive financial aid. Federal guidelines stipulate that the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy apply to all enrollment periods at South Arkansas Community College regardless of whether or not aid was received. SAP is defined as passing a required percentage of hours (quantitative) and maintaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4 point scale (qualitative).
Students must be enrolled as an associate degree or technical certificate seeking student in an eligible program of study in order to receive financial aid. Students may receive financial aid while enrolled for a full or part-time course of study. Full-time students must enroll in at least twelve semester hours each semester, including summer. Students on financial aid are advised to consult with the financial aid staff before making any adjustments to their program of study &/or course load.
Students may receive financial aid for no longer than 150% of the published length of the educational program. For example, a student must complete the requirements for a 60 hour degree or certificate by the time they have attempted 90 course hours. Upon completing a program, students may pursue another degree or certificate under the same guidelines. This type of “reset” may only be done a maximum of two times. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
Students must complete the following minimum pace percentage of courses to maintain SAP:
|Hours Attempted||Completion Percentage|
|Up to 15 hours||55%|
|31 or more||67%|
A student’s official enrollment status will be determined based on the college’s official census records and aid will be awarded
accordingly. A student who completely withdraws from the college at any point after they are locked in per those census records, are subject to the Return to Title IV Calculation and will be held responsible for the minimum percentage of hours for his/her official enrollment status. Refer to the Return to Title IV Funds Policy for further details. SAP will be reviewed at the end of each payment period/semester. SAP will be checked the first time aid is packaged for each academic year. At such time a student does not meet this policy, they will be notified in writing. This notification will be sent to the current address on file in the Financial Aid Office. Students who fail to make SAP after their first payment period/semester will be placed in a financial aid Warning Status and will be allowed one additional payment period/semester in order to meet requisite GPA and/or completion percentage. If after that additional payment period/semester the student still does not meet SAP, they will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension and will be ineligible to receive Title IV aid until such time the requisite GPA &/or completion percentage are met. Written notification of Warning or Suspension will be mailed to the student. Students on financial aid suspension must notify the financial aid office in writing when the GPA and/or completion percentages are met if they want to be re-considered for financial aid.