Satisfactory Academic Progress

The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions of higher learning to establish standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for students receiving Financial Aid. Students must declare a major and working towards the completion of that major to receive Financial Aid. Failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) will result in the loss of federal and state aid after the probationary terms.

This SAP policy applies to all students regardless of status, e.g., fill-time, part-time, undergraduate and education programs established by Atlanta Technical College. To receive aid, a student must be making SAP regardless of whether he or she has previously received aid.  NOTE: New students and/or transfer students are making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

Students who wish to receive Financial Aid from Atlanta Technical College must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress, as outlined below.

Students are responsible for maintaining an acceptable level of progress regarding quality, quantity, and time frame of work.  Satisfactory Academic Progress will be reviewed at the end of every semester. Records are reviewed after grades are posted at the end of each semester.

SAP includes three components: 

  1. Qualitative Grade Point Average (GPA) (Cumulative): Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0. The GPA is computed by the Registrar’s office on a scale of 4.0. The GPA is cumulative (includes entire Academic history).
  2. Quantitative Hours Completed (Cumulative):To receive Financial Aid, students must have passed at least 67% of all credit hours attempted at Atlanta Technical College to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. The completion rate is calculated by dividing the cumulative number of credit hours the student has successfully completed by the cumulative number of credit hours the student has attempted.
  3. Maximum Time Frame 150%:The purpose of the Federal Title IV Financial Aid programs is to assist students in meeting their educational expenses while they progress toward timely completion of their educational objectives. For that reason, federal regulations require that students must complete their educational objective within a maximum time frame of one and one-half times the length of the program in which they are enrolled.  Program length is measured in credit hours and is determined by the number of credit hours required for completion of the program.

SAP Appeal Deadlines:
Spring 2021
SAP appeal submission deadline: 12/3/2020
SAP appeal committee meeting: 12/4/2020
SAP appeal submission deadline: 1/7/2021
SAP appeal committee meeting: 1/8/2021
SAP appeal submission deadline: 2/25/2021
SAP appeal committee meeting: 2/26/2021

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