Satisfactory Academic Progress
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Federal regulations require that students 'make measurable progress towards completion of their course of study' in order to continue to remain eligible for federal aid. Tri-C reviews the academic progress of all students and notifies students receiving federal financial aid each semester of their status. This includes students who have received or are applying for the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study and Federal Student Loans.
Financial aid students are required to maintain and meet ALL of the following to continue receiving federal financial aid:
- Maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher;
- Complete at least 67% of all courses attempted;
- Meet all degree requirements within 150% of the published credits required for the program.
Failure to maintain compliance with these standards may result in loss or disqualification for future federal financial aid. Student Financial Aid & Scholarships reviews the academic progress of all students at the end of each semester, including summer. Students that become ineligible for financial aid will be notified. Please note: students that are either missing a grade(s) or have a grade(s) of ‘I’ as part of their academic history cannot have an accurate SAP Status determined and therefore will have financial aid eligibility suspended until the grade(s) have been recorded and the SAP status determined.
Students should review and be familiar with Tri-C's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy to ensure compliance.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Success Seminars
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Success Seminars are required for students who wish to appeal the disqualification of their federal financial aid. SAP Success Seminars provide students with information on how to regain eligibility for student financial aid through the SAP Appeal Process and maintaining compliance with Tri-C's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
While the SAP Success Seminars are open to all students, those submitting a SAP Appeal are required to attend a mandatory online SAP Success Seminar prior to submitting the SAP Appeal.
Students who have a SAP status of Financial Aid Warning or Financial Aid Disqualification for any reason, should plan to attend an online SAP Success Seminar and gather all information and documentation pertinent to their SAP Appeal. In addition to attending an online SAP Success Seminar, students who wish to appeal the disqualification of their federal financial aid can run a DegreeWorks Audit Report or meet with a Counselor to develop an academic plan of completion for their program of study. SAP Appeals must be submitted to the Student Financial Aid & Scholarships Office by the following deadlines to be considered for the current semester. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the online SAP Success Seminar and Academic Plan during the semester of Financial Aid Warning.
SAP Appeal Deadlines
Spring 2020 - January 27, 2020
Summer 2020 - June 8, 2020
Fall 2020 - September 8, 2020
SAP Appeals submitted after the deadlines will be reviewed for the next semester.
Online SAP Success Seminar
On-Campus SAP Success Seminars
The SAP Success Seminar can be completed online for your convenience. Each campus Student Financial Aid & Scholarships Office also provides SAP Success Seminars on campus. For details and to reserve your space, call the Student Financial Aid & Scholarships Office at 216-987-6000, select option #2. For more information and questions, you can view Frequently Asked Questions about SAP Success Seminars.
Please use this outline as a guide to writting your personal statement for the SAP Appeal Form.
All in-person SAP Success Seminars on campus will only be available by appointment.