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​Satisfactory Academic Progress

What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?

To be eligible to receive federal and state aid, you must be maintaining progress toward a degree, certificate or transfer.  Maintaining SAP means that you must: 1) complete at least 67% of the units you attempt (pace calculation); 2) maintain a cumulative institutional GPA of 2.0 or higher; and 3) complete your educational program within a 'reasonable' timeframe (see below).

Is the financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy the same as COD’s academic policy as written in the catalog or class schedules?

No, the financial aid satisfactory academic progress (SAP) policy follows federal laws tied to student eligibility to receive federal and state financial aid.   Although some similarities may exist between the two policies, students must meet the financial aid SAP criteria to receive aid. 
Please note that students who are academically disqualified by Counseling will be suspended from receiving financial aid and will need to file an appeal for aid consideration

What does “completed units” mean?

You complete a course when you earn credit by receiving a passing grade.  The following grades do not count towards your completed units (however, they do count toward attempted units): F, I, IP, NC, NP, RD, W or FW.  Audit units or any zero unit courses are not included in either the attempted or completed figures as these units are ineligible for financial aid. 

May I receive financial aid for non-degree applicable and repeated courses? 

Yes, up to 30 units of non-degree/remedial courses qualify for federal financial aid. You may also be paid for any repeated class (one time) if you previously passed ('D' or better). 

May I receive financial aid for classes not needed for my program of study?

No.  Financial aid is intended to fund your program of study, including any preparatory courses needed.   

What happens if I complete less-than 67% of my attempted classes or fall below a cumulative institutional GPA of 2.0?

If you complete less-than 67% of your attempted units or your cumulative institutional GPA falls below 2.0, you will be automatically placed on a financial aid 'Warning' status for the following semester.  Students may only be on 'Warning' status for one term. 
Some students may be automatically suspended based on previous academic history. 

Is there a limit on how many times I can appeal?

Yes. Students can complete a SAP appeal once per academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer) and twice during their lifetime at College of the Desert