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Satisfactory Academic Progress

What is Satisfactory Academic Progress(SAP)?

SAP is a policy requiring that student's maintain the school's academic standards to continue receiving federal and state student aid funds (excluding the California College Promise Grant).

  • Maintain a 2.0 Cumulative GPA
    • Receive an average letter grade of C in all courses you have completed
  • Maintain 67% Unit Completion
    • Complete at least 67% of your attempted units with a grade of A, B, C, D, CR, P.
  • Maximum Time Frame Requirement
    • Complete your program within 120% of the published program's required units

Failure to meet the above SAP Standards:

  • Warning
    • You will be placed on warning after one semester of not meeting SAP.  You may remain eligible to receive financial aid.  Warning status applies to GPA and Unit Completion only. 
  • Disqualification
    • If you fail to meet SAP after one semester on warning status, you will be placed on disqualification.  You will NOT be eligible to receive financial aid.
  • Appeal
    • If disqualified, you will receive an email notification.  You have the opportunity to appeal by the posted deadline.  You may be required to meet with an academic counselor to complete an academic plan. There is a maximum of 2 appeals per academic career at Orange Coast College.


To help in calculating your GPA and how it is impacted by your current/future grades use this GPA Calculator:

Appeal Deadlines: 

Fall 2020 - November 30, 2020

Spring 2021 - May 7, 2021

Summer 2021 - July 9, 2021

The Coast Community College District Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy can be found in it's entirity on the District webpage here.