Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

The U.S. Department of Education requires the Coast Community College District (GWC, OCC and Coastline) to establish and apply standards of satisfactory academic progress for eligible students to receive financial aid under the programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act.

Satisfactory academic progress is determined at the end of every term once grades are posted. Students are required to make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of an associate degree, an eligible vocational certificate and/or transfer to a four-year college/university.

The SAP Policy covers all federal programs including: Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work-Study (FWS), and Direct Loans. Satisfactory Academic Progress also applies to the state Cal Grant, Full Time Student Success Grant, and Completion Grant programs. A separate academic progress policy applies to the California College Promise Grant (Formerly BOGFW).

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