Satisfactory Academic Progress


Basics of SAP

Federal and state regulations require students receiving federal student financial aid and Cal Grants to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). In compliance with these regulations, Long Beach City College has established the following Satisfactory Academic Progress standards that students must meet to be eligible for financial aid programs. Students not meeting any or all three standards will not be eligible for financial aid.

You must meet all of the following Satisfactory Academic Progress standards:


Financial Aid Term & Dismissal

Standards required by the U.S. Department of Education:  Students must complete their program within 150% of the units required for that program.  The number of units required for degrees, certificates, and transfer is listed in the college catalog.  All attempted units, including units transferred in from other colleges, must be included, with the exception of ESL units and up to 30 units of remedial courses.  Attempted units are any units for which a student received a grade or a W (Withdrawal).


Financial Aid Term & SAP Appeal Process

Students disqualified from financial aid for not meeting all of the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards have the opportunity to submit an appeal to the Financial Aid Office. If the appeal is approved, the student will regain eligibility as of the semester the appeal was approved. Appeals cannot be approved retroactively to apply to semesters prior to when the appeal was submitted.