Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students receiving any form of financial aid must meet the standards of progress outlined below. The requirements for these standards are set by federal regulations (34CFR Section 668.19).

Satisfactory progress requirements are:

  • Complete 67% of all classes attempted, and
  • Maintain a Valencia Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher once you have attempted 24 hours at Valencia, and maintain an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher, and
  • Complete your degree within the 150% timeframe (i.e. an associate degree of 60 credit hours must be completed within 90 credit hours). Transfer credits are included.
  • Become familiar with Valencia’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy by visiting: valenciacollege.edu/finaid/programs/satisfactory_progress.cfm#SAPPolicy.

If you attended other colleges, the courses you took that are accepted as transfer credit by Valencia will be considered in the evaluation of your progress.

At Valencia, for financial aid purposes, being enrolled in a course for credit beyond the official Drop/Refund Deadline counts as an attempt. All successfully completed transfer courses accepted and courses taken at Valencia, including those taken as part of another program of study, will be included in determining your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

For financial aid purposes, successful completion of a course means an earned grade of A, B, C, or D; however, a grade of D is “passing below average”. All other grades (F, I MR, W, WN, WW, WF, WP, and AR) are considered unsuccessful completions and will impact your progress determination.

The formula for calculating the completion ratio is: total hours earned divided by total hours attempted. The resulting percentage must be 67% or greater. Fractions of 0.5 and above will be rounded up (for example, 66.6% will be rounded to 67%).
Satisfactory Academic Progress will be evaluated at the end of each term.

If you do not meet the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress due to your GPA or completion ratio, you will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension and will not be eligible for further financial aid at Valencia. If you have attempted 150% of the credit hours needed for your Valencia degree program (for most students this is 90 credit hours), you no longer will be eligible for financial aid.

The chart demonstrates 150% for attempted hours in a certificate or degree program. The left hand column shows the required number of credit hours for the certificate or degree and the corresponding number in the right column is the number of credit hours that is the maximum allowed to maintain SAP.

Credit Hours Required for Certificate or Degree Maximum Credit Hours Allowed (150% of required hours)
2436
2740
3349
3552
4262
6090
6292
6394
6496
68102
72108
73109
76114
77115
88132
128192
130195

You have the right to appeal a Financial Aid Suspension if you have special circumstances that affected your ability to meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements. Appeal forms are available online in Atlas and at valenciacollege.edu/finaid. Documentation of your special circumstances will be required.

Final SAP deadlines

To be considered for the current term, your SAP appeal must be received by:

October 16, 2015 for Fall Term 2015
March 11, 2016 for Spring Term 2016
June 24, 2016 for Summer Term 2016

If you are placed on Financial Aid Suspension, and you do not have special circumstances or your appeal is denied, you may regain your eligibility for financial aid by bringing your Valencia and overall GPAs up to a 2.0 or better and your cumulative completion ratio to at least 67%. You will need to pay for the courses you take while under suspension.

The chart demonstrates 67% for attempted credit hours in a term. The left hand column is the attempted hours and the corresponding number in the right column is the number of hours you must successfully complete with a 2.0 GPA to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. For example, if you register for 14 credit hours, you must complete 10 credit hours with a 2.0 GPA or higher to meet the SAP requirements for the term. Both the 2.0 GPA and the completion ratio of 67% applies to both the term and cumulative credit hours on your transcript.

Credit Hours Attempted Earned Hours Needed (Passed with GPA of 2.0 or greater)
1913
1812
1712
1611
1510
1410
139
128
118
107
96
86
75
64
54
43
33
22
11