Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements

In order to keep your financial aid award and to continue to receive funds, you must meet specific academic requirements. As a financial aid recipient, you will have your progress evaluated at the end of each term, at the time financial aid is awarded, and when any change in funding is requested. All coursework will be reviewed, regardless of whether you received aid for those courses or not.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements

You must maintain the following to be eligible for Financial Aid:

  • The student must be enrolled in eligible Delta College programs with the purpose of completing an AA/AS degree or Certificate.
  • GPA: Student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. A grade of No Pass (NP) is equivalent to an F grade. Withdrawals (W), Incompletes (I), No Pass (NP), Report Delayed (RD), Fail (F) and Failed to Withdraw (FW) are considered unsatisfactory grades. Military Withdrawals (MW) will not be included in the student's GPA or units attempted.
  • Completion/Progression Rate: Student must complete 67% of the units attempted each semester, and complete 67% of the cumulative units attempted. (Cumulative units may include units taken at other colleges.)
  • Maximum Timeframe: Student must not have attempted 90 or more units of total college coursework. (Total units includes all known units taken at other colleges and repeated courses. Thirty (30) units of remedial coursework can be excluded from this total.)

Your Academic Progress Status

The following are explanations of the various statuses you can fall into based on your academic status.

Financial Aid Progress Warning

Students are placed on Financial Aid Warning if they fail to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) eligibility requirements. This includes:

  • Not completing 67% of the semester units attempted, and/or not completing 67% of the cumulative units attempted.
  • Not maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • Nearing their 90-Unit limit of total college coursework.

In order to return to good standing, students must:

  • Achieve 67%-unit completion, both for the semester and cumulatively.
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Students on financial aid Warning who do not meet financial aid SAP during the next period of enrollment will be placed on financial aid disqualification. Once on financial aid disqualification, the student must meet the reinstatement requirements to be placed back into good financial aid standing.

Please Note: Students on Financial Aid Warning are still eligible to receive Financial Aid.

Financial Aid Progress Disqualification

If a student is placed on Financial Aid Warning and does not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) by the next period of enrollment (the semester of attendance), the student will be placed on Financial Aid Disqualification. At this stage, the student will no longer receive Financial Aid and must meet all SAP academic and eligibility requirements in order to return to financial aid eligibility.

Disqualified students may appeal if they believe they had unusual or mitigating circumstances which affected their ability to make SAP. Please refer to the Financial Aid Appeal Policy for more details on this process.

Financial Aid Appeal Probation

After the Financial Aid office reviews a student's Financial Aid appeal, the student will be notified whether their appeal has been approved or declined. If a student has their Financial Aid Appeal approved, they will be placed on Financial Aid Appeal Probation. During this time, the student is eligible for Financial Aid.