What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is defined as the successful completion of coursework toward an eligible certificate or degree. Federal regulations require the Financial Aid Office to monitor the academic progress of students receiving financial aid. (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.

Appeal Deadlines: 

Fall 2022 - November 22, 2022 (all appeals received after the deadline will be considered for the Spring term)

Spring 2023 - April 21, 2023

Summer 2023 - July 28, 2023


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

To help in calculating your Completion Ratio and how it may affect your future aid use this calculator:

Completion Ratio Calculator


The Coast Community College District Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy can be found in its entirety on the District website.

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