Satisfactory Academic Progress
What does SAP stand for?
LACCD students must meet the SAP Policy detailed below to be eligible to receive financial aid at any of the 9 campuses within the District. Students receiving financial aid enter into an agreement to make Satisfactory Academic Progress toward their educational goal. Failure to maintain these standards will result in the loss of financial assistance. The Financial Aid Office reviews academic progress at the end of each semester. All students receiving federal and state financial aid (except the BOGFW) must comply with the following academic progress standards:
Students receiving financial aid must be enrolled in one eligible program. An eligible program is defined as:
- A Certificate, or
- An Associate Degree (AA/AS), or
- A two-year academic Transfer Program that is acceptable for full credit toward a Baccalaureate Degree.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
- Maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
- Fewer than ninety (90) attempted units for students who indicated AA/AS Degrees or Transfer as their education goal.
- Thirty (30) units of remedial coursework are excluded from the ninety (90) unit limit when determining units attempted.
- Students who have already earned an Associate or higher degree will need to follow the appeal procedure.
- In Progress (IP) grades count as attempted units in the maximum time frame only. It does not affect the cumulative grade point average in the qualitative measure nor is it included as completed units in the quantitative measure.
- Completion of 67% cumulative units attempted.
- Entries recorded in the student's academic record as Incomplete (INC), No Credit (NCR), and/or Withdrawal (W) are considered non-grades and must be 33% or less than the cumulative units attempted.
Application of Standards
- Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid students will be determined at the conclusion of the Spring semester.
- Students who are disqualified from financial aid will be notified by mail and receive the procedure for appeal.
- A student who has been disqualified at ANY college in the LACCD, is disqualified at ALL colleges within the LACCD.
- A change of one (1) educational goal or major course of study will be allowed during the course of enrollment at the institution.
Students will be disqualified if they have one or more of the following academic deficiencies at the end of the Spring semester:
- Total units attempted (excluding thirty (30) units of remedial coursework) are equal to or greater than ninety (90);
- Cumulative GPA is less than 2.0;
- Cumulative Non-Grades are more than 33%.
Maximum Time Length
- Students attending for the purpose of obtaining an Associate of Arts Degree (AA), an Associate of Science Degree (AS), or completion of requirements for Transfer to a four-year college, are allowed 90 attempted units in which to complete their objective. Exceptions will be made only when the requirements of a student's objective cause the student to exceed the maximum time limit.
- Short Length Certificate Programs.
- Some Certificate objectives at the Los Angeles Community Colleges may be completed in less time than that required for the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Transfer objectives.
- The following table shows the normal completion time and maximum time for Certificate Programs of varying lengths:
Units required for the
10 to 24
2 semesters 3 semesters
25 to 36
3 semesters 5 semesters
37 to 48
4 semesters 6 semesters
- To be eligible for financial aid, a program must be at least six (6) months in length with a minimum of sixteen (16) units. Students enrolled in a Certificate program may continue to qualify for financial aid up to ninety (90) attempted units, six (6) full-time semesters, or the equivalent, if they are planning to obtain an Associate Degree (AA or AS), or to Transfer to a four-year school in addition to obtaining the Certificate.
Summer and Winter Financial Aid
Summer and Winter terms are included in the evaluation of Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.