Satisfactory Academic Progress Policies

All students at San Diego Christian must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to maintain their eligibility to receive financial aid.  SAP policies refer to issues such as enrollment status, withdrawal rates, and successful completion of enrolled course work in a timely manner, maximum time frame required to complete the program etc.  Questions regarding academic standing should be directed to the Academic Vice President.  For information on how one’s aid will be affected, see the Student Financial Services Office.

Aid recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward their degree objectives in order to retain aid eligibility.  This is determined at each semester’s end, based on both qualitative (GPA) and quantitative (completion rate) measures.  The following is the policy for Financial Aid at SDCC:

Qualitative: Each student must maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher.

Quantitative: The maximum time frame for completion of the certificate or degree program must not exceed 150% of the published length of the program.  Students receiving Financial Aid must complete 67% of their attempted credits per payment period.

  • Attempted hours are defined as the hours for which the student paid tuition, regardless of whether financial aid was received.
  • Transfer hours received for credit will not be considered as attempted and successfully completed hours.
  • Successfully completed hours are those for which a student has earned a grade of A, B, C, or D (for course other than general education, successfully completed hours are those for which a student has earned a grade of A, B, or C).
  • Withdrawls, incompletes, and failures are not successfully completed hours.
  • Passing credits received for pass/fail courses are considered successfully completed hours; failing grades in pass/fail courses are considered attempted hours.
  • Repeated courses are included in the calculation of attempted and successfully completed hours.  A student is allowed to repeat a course only once.

If a student fails to meet both of these requirements, he/she will be placed on Financial Aid Warning for the following semester.  While on warning students may still receive aid, but if they do not successfully complete the terms of warning, the student will then be placed on Financial Aid Probation for the following semester.  Students on Financial Aid Probation may appeal to the Office of Student Financial Services if they feel that there are extenuating circumstances that warrant consideration.  Appeal requirements are outlined in the letter the student received notifying them of their status.

When the Academic Vice President’s Office determines that a student is eligible for dismissal, further aid will be suspended until eligibility is regained.  Students re-apply for financial assistance after successfully completing a minimum of one term of like-enrollment and bringing their cumulative GPA to an acceptable 2.0 level.