Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress

Federal regulations require students who receive financial aid to meet a set of standards identified for Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Please review Austin Community College's official policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) (PDF).

The following information is presented to help you determine, track, maintain, and repair if needed the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) component of your financial aid eligibility status.

Determination of academic progress

Your Satisfactory Academic Progress status is determined when you apply for financial aid. It is based on all previous academic history. Once you receive aid, your academic progress is evaluated at the end of every semester.

Make Satisfactory Academic Progress
Meet all Three Standards to be Eligible for Financial Aid
Grade Point Average Maintain a cumulative 2.0 or higher GPA for ACC classes.
Course Completion Successfully complete 67% of attempted credits.
Degree Progress Demonstrate progress toward finishing your declared degree or certificate within a 150% maximum time frame. For example, if you seek an associate degree requiring 60 credits, complete the degree within 90 attempted credits.

Track your own progress

It is your responsibility to monitor your academic progress and meet with an advisor or counselor before you encounter difficulties that threaten your financial aid eligibility.

Use the online GPA calculator and course completion calculator to keep track of your academic progress.

GPA calculator
Completion calculator

Academic progress status chart

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Status
Applies only to financial aid eligibility
StatusDescriptionConsequence
Good Standing Student is meeting academic standards or has no academic history. Fully eligible for financial aid.
Financial Aid Warning Student did not meet standards for cumulative GPA and/or 67% completion rate. New aid applicants (including Early College Start students) are not eligible for the warning status. Eligible for financial aid but must reach all standards by the end of the next semester to maintain eligibility.
Financial Aid Suspension Student is not meeting cumulative GPA and/or 67% completion rate and is not eligible for the Warning status. Ineligible for financial aid.
Maximum Time Frame Suspension According to the major on file, the student has attempted too many credit hours to be eligible for aid.  Also applies to students who cannot graduate before attempting the max hours. Students with a bachelor’s degree are over the max time frame as well. Ineligible for financial aid

Classes used in progress calculations

Use these course guidelines when calculating your Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Grade point average (GPA)

Include:

  • ACC credit classes you completed or attempted with following grades: A, B, C, D, and F
  • Early College Start classes
  • Study Abroad classes
  • Developmental education classes
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes
  • Repeated classes

DO NOT include:

  • ACC classes you attempted with the following grades: I, IP, W, S, and U
  • Transfer classes accepted at ACC from other colleges and universities
  • Audited classes
  • Military credit
  • Continuing Education classes
  • Credit earned through examination (AP, IB and other test credit)

Completion rate

Include:

  • All ACC credit classes completed or attempted with following grades: A, B, C, D, F, I, IP, S, W, and U
  • Early College Start classes
  • Study Abroad classes
  • Developmental education classes
  • ESOL classes
  • Repeated classes

DO NOT include:

  • Transfer classes accepted at ACC from other colleges and universities (see note)
  • Audited classes
  • Military credit
  • Continuing Education classes
  • Credit earned through examination (AP, IB and other test credit)

Note: Transfer classes are not calculated in the completion rate but do count in maximum time frame

Do you meet standards?

The following conditions apply if you currently receive financial aid. New financial aid applicants are not eligible for the warning period.

Do You Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards?
What Happens If ...Then Your Financial Aid Status is ...What You Need to Do Is ..
My overall ACC GPA drops below a 2.0 for the first time? Warning - You are still eligible for financial aid for your next semester. Raise your overall ACC GPA to a 2.0 by the end of your next semester.
My overall ACC GPA remains below a 2.0 after the Warning semester? Suspension - You are not eligible for financial aid. Raise your overall ACC GPA to a 2.0 by taking ACC classes without financial aid.
My overall ACC class completion rate drops below 67% for the first time? Warning - You are still eligible for financial aid for your next semester. Raise your overall ACC class completion rate to 67% by the end of your next semester.
My overall ACC class completion rate remains below 67% after the Warning semester? Suspension - You are not eligible for financial aid. Raise your overall ACC class completion rate to 67% by taking ACC classes without financial aid.
I raise my GPA to 2.0 after the Warning semester, but my class completion rate drops below 67% (or vice versa)? Suspension - You are not eligible for financial aid. Raise your overall ACC GPA to a 2.0 and your overall ACC class completion rate to 67% by taking ACC classes without financial aid.
I attempt over 150% of the credit hours required to get my ACC degree? Maximum Time Frame Suspension - You are not eligible for financial aid. Appeal to our office if you have mitigating circumstances. You must also have a 2.0 GPA and 67% class completion rate to appeal. If your appeal is approved, then you will need to complete 100% of all future classes and earn a 2.0 GPA or higher each semester.

Re-establish your eligibility

You can re-establish your financial aid eligibility by raising your GPA and completion rate to the minimum standards. Once you meet the standards, contact the Financial Aid Office to request that your eligibility be reinstated. We encourage you to see an ACC counselor to develop a plan that will help you regain your aid eligibility. You also can discuss any unusual circumstances you may have with the counselor.

You can appeal to the Financial Aid Office if you are over the maximum time frame and meeting the GPA and completion rate requirements.

Maximum time frame appeals

You can request an extension of your financial aid eligibility if you exceed, or expect to exceed, the maximum time frame for your degree or certificate or if you already have a bachelor’s degree.

Are you eligible

In order to appeal the maximum time frame, you must be in compliance with the GPA and course completion standards identified in the Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress.

Deadline to appeal

Visit a campus Financial Aid Office for the maximum time frame appeal form and follow the instructions on the form. If your appeal is approved, coursework is limited to courses required for the completion of the degree or certificate. You must also complete all attempted classes and earn a 2.0 or higher GPA each semester.

Maximum time frame appeal deadlines

  • Fall: Oct. 1
  • Spring: March 1
  • Summer: July 1

Note: These standards and calculations differ from institutional academic standards policy and are used solely to determine your financial aid eligibility.