Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirements are meant to ensure students can complete their academic program in a timely manner through achieving minimum academic standards.

The SAP regulations require an institution to establish a reasonable satisfactory academic progress policy for determining whether an otherwise eligible student is making satisfactory academic progress in their educational program [668.34(a)].

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SAP Policy

All federal, state, and institutional financial aid recipients are expected to make reasonable academic progress towards obtaining a degree as a condition to receive federal, state and institutional financial aid funding. At California Lutheran University, Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is evaluated annually by the Office of Financial Aid following the conclusion of the spring term (SP, SPA, OM4, SMS) for all students in all categories (full-time or part-time) enrolled in any approved Title-IV eligible programs. A student’s entire academic history is considered and reviewed, including transfer credit, even if the student has not received federal, state, or institutional financial aid in the past, to ensure timely progression toward degree completion.

Cal Lutheran financial aid SAP policy is separate from the Cal Lutheran Academic Standing policy. It is the student’s responsibility to know and understand the differences in these policies and the impact on continued enrollment at the university and eligibility for financial aid. Lack of awareness is not a reasonable excuse for not meeting the minimum requirements.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is comprised of three measurements (qualitative, quantitative, maximum timeframe). At the time of evaluation, all three requirements must be met to remain eligible for financial aid. For complete details on these measurements please see below.