Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) | GCTC

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

According to federal regulations, if you are receiving financial aid under Title IV programs you must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in your course of study regardless of whether or not financial aid is awarded each semester. 

To receive and to continue to receive financial aid, you must:

  • Earn (pass) two-thirds of all credits you attempt in every term,
  • Maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA,
  • Have attempted fewer than 150 percent of the credits required for your program of study, and
  • Have completed all developmental hours in fewer than 30 attempted credits.

If, at the end of any term, your financial aid is suspended because you haven't met these standards, you have the right to submit an Appeal Request. You will find a link for this request on your Student Self-Service. If the link is unavailable on your Student Self-Service, please contact the Financial Aid Office to have the link added to your self-service.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Priority Appeal Dates

Student Appeal Submission Dates

  • These are the recommended dates for submission of SAP appeals and all requested documentation in order to be reviewed prior to the term start dates. An appeal should be submitted as early as possible in order for all documentation to be received in the Financial Aid Office by the priority date.  Appeals may continue to be submitted after the priority dates listed. After the priority dates, students may need to make alternative payment arrangements with the Business Office.
  • Requests for additional documentation to support the reason provided in the appeal will come through your Gateway email upon receipt of the appeal. Appeals will be submitted for review upon receipt of all requested documentation.

Priority Dates

2020-21 Academic Year
  • July 22 - Priority Date for SAP appeal submissions and all requested documentation for August 17 start date: Session 1-16 week and 1st 8 week term
  • August 26 - Priority date for SAP appeal submissions and all requested documentation for September 14 start date for 12 week term
  • September 28 - Priority date for SAP appeal submissions and all requested documentation for October 15 start date for 2nd 8 week term
  • January 5 - Priority Date for SAP appeal submissions and all requested documentation for January 11 start date: Session 1-16 week and 1st 8 week term
  • January 26 - Priority date for SAP appeal submissions and all requested documentation for February 8 start date for 12 week term
  • February 24 - Priority date for SAP appeal submissions and all requested documentation for March 15 start date for 2nd 8 week term
  • April 28 - Priority date for SAP appeal submissions and all requested documentation for May 17 start date for 1st 4 week term
  • May 13 - Priority date for SAP appeal submissions and all requested documentation for June 1 start date for Summer 8 week term
  • June 2 - Priority date for SAP appeal submissions and all requested documentation for June 28 start date for 2nd 4 week term

Additional documentation to support the reason provided in the appeal will be requested through your Gateway email upon receipt of the appeal. Appeals will be submitted for review upon receipt of all requested documentation.