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Satisfactory Academic Progress

PCC has specific academic standards that govern all PCC students. The financial aid office has an additional set of standards called Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) that must be met by all students who are recipients of Title IV (or federal) funding.  Students are required to make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of an associate degree, an eligible vocational certificate, and/or transfer program to a four-year college/university.

Both quantitative and qualitative standards are used to evaluate the cumulative results of all periods of students’ enrollment, including those semesters or payment periods during which they did not receive Title IV funds or other types of financial assistance. Thus, a student who has not previously received Title IV aid may be ineligible to do so at initial application.

The SAP standards apply to the following types of Title IV aid:

  • Federal Pell Grant (Pell)
  • Federal Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG)
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Federal Work Study (FWS)
  • Federal Direct Student Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
  • Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
  • Arizona LEAP Grant

The College also administers other types of financial assistance which may include but are not limited to - scholarships (which may require a higher grade point average than the minimum in the SAP standards), VA benefits, athletic scholarships and state grants. Academic progress (and other) requirements for non-Title IV aid are described in the eligibility criteria for those forms of assistance.

Note: If you are a veteran and receiving VA benefits, please contact the Veteran’s Office, or if your program of study has specific requirements, please contact your program/academic advisor.

As with any area of Title IV policy it is critical to understand that students must meet all SAP requirements within the context of all existing federal and institutional regulations. Thus, students must meet all Title IV and institutional requirements and regulations in order to receive federal financial aid.   PCC offers credit hour, clock hour and non-standard term classes. The SAP policy for each program is slightly different.  

  • The SAP Policy for Credit Hour students is posted on our webpage and is available in the 2018-2019 Credit Hour.PDF.
  • If you are a Clock Hour student in the Practical Nurse and Surgical Programs, this is your 2018-2019 SAP Policy.
  • If you are a Clock Hour student in the Business Training and Medical Office Programs, this is your 2018-2019 SAP Policy.
  • If you take Nonstandard and/or Nonterm (modular) classes, your SAP Policy is available in the 2018-2019 Nonstandard.PDF.