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Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements

  • Students must declare an academic program other than "undecided" and must be taking courses that apply to that degree or certificate.
  • Student's failure to meet SAP will result in ineligibility for aid. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) determines whether you qualify for financial aid.
  • SAP will be measured on the three metrics required by federal regulations. Your SAP status is determined when you apply for financial aid and is based on all previous academic history.
  • Once you receive aid, your academic progress is evaluated at the end of every semester.
  • Lone Star College's (LSC) policy is designed to encourage students to achieve their academic goals and graduate.
  • Download the Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) Policy PDF 
    (Effective August 29, 2016)

Academic Progress Standards

All three standards must be met for a student to be eligible for financial aid:

  1. Cumulative Grade Point Average
    1. A student must maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA to retain financial aid eligibility.
    2. GPA Calculator
  2. Cumulative Completion Rate
    A student must successfully complete at least 67% of cumulative attempted hours.
  3. Maximum Time Frame
    A student must complete the declared academic program within 150% of the published length of the program in credit hours to maintain aid eligibility.

Completion Calculator

Completed Hours: Percentage Complete:


Attempted Hours: Satisfactory Academic Progress:

Appeal Submission Deadlines

A student who is ineligible for financial aid for failure to meet the SAP requirements may file a SAP appeal. If approved, the student will be placed on "Appeal Approved (Probation)" and is aid eligible. All appeals must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office by the following deadlines:

Semester Appeal Appeal Committee
(Second Appeal)
Academic Plan
Fall Semester October 1 October 15 November 15
Spring Semester February 15 March 1 April 1
Summer Semester June 15 July 1 July 15


Verification Steps