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Many students, not all, are subject to two standards of progress:

Standards of Academic Progress - SDCCD standard applied to all students at the end of every term.

Students are in good academic standing when they have a 2.0 grade point average or higher and have completed at least 61% of the units they have attempted. There are two kinds of probation and disqualification, one based upon GPA (Academic Performance) and the other based upon the number of units completed (Progress Performance). Certain programs may have more stringent standards for academic progress. Consult the program director for more information.

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Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Recipients – A required by law stricter standard applied only to students who complete and submit a FAFSA or California Dream Act application for the academic year.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the group of measures by which financial aid applicants and recipients have the progress towards their educational goal measured according to federal regulations. The three measures that determine if a student is maintaining SAP are: Pace (or completion rate), GPA, and Timeframe Limit.

Financial Aid applicants must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress documenting progress towards their degree or certificate in order to be eligible for, and to continue receiving, financial assistance.  If a student fails any of the measures, he/she fails SAP and he or she have the opportunity to submit an appeal if the student has documented extenuating circumstances that prevented meeting the standards. If the appeal form and documentation results on a satisfactorily approved petition, the student is considered to be conditionally eligible for financial aid during the period of enrollment for which the student submitted the appeal. The policy, appeal form and procedures to follow can be found by visiting our webpage .

Financial aid applicants must have a “Satisfactory/Meet” SAP calculation for an aid disbursement to go through. 

Students are encouraged to attend any of the monthly “Appeal Workshops” prior to submission. For more information visit http://www.sdmesa.edu/financial-aid/appeal-workshops.shtml . Once the appeal is received by the Financial Aid Office, no additional documentation is accepted. Appeals submitted are reviewed by date order in which they were received by the SAP Appeal Committee. The decision of the SAP Appeal Committee is final.

If you have additional questions or concerns, you can visit the Financial Aid Office located on the 1st floor of the Student Services Building for direct assistance. In compliance with Federal and SDCCD privacy policies, you must be ready to present your student ID or your valid state issued identification card to receive financial aid file specific information.  For more information please visit our FERPA website link located at: https://www.sdccd.edu/students/consumer-information.aspx