Satisfactory Academic Progress
Federal regulations require the Blinn College District to implement Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policies to ensure that students receiving federal student aid are making adequate progress toward completing their degree programs. Satisfactory Academic Progress will be monitored for all periods of enrollment whether or not you have received financial aid. The satisfactory academic progress policy applies to all federal, state and institutional aid, including federal loan programs. Private loans that require school certification may also be subject to SAP policies.
Blinn's financial aid SAP policies are similar, but not identical, to the College's Academic Standing policies. Students should review both sets of policies and ask for clarification as needed. Questions about financial aid SAP policies should be directed to the Financial Aid Office; questions about the College's Academic Standing policies should be directed to the Admissions office.
|Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards|
|CUMULATIVE GPA||CUMULATIVE Pace of Completion
(Hours Completed/Hours Attempted)
|Total Attempted Hours
(Including Transfer Credits)
Grade Point Average
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (equivalent to a C average) on a 4.0 scale.
Note: Hours earned in repeated courses count only once in calculating GPA and the highest grade is used. An “F” will only be replaced by a passing grade. A “W” or “Q” will not replace an “F” or higher. An “F” will replace a “W” or “Q.” Incomplete (I) and “QF” are treated as an “F.”
Blinn calculates SAP annually at the end of the spring semester. Reviews will occur once grades are published in the College’s system. If the student meets all three of the conditions listed above, they remain eligible to receive federal student aid funds until the next evaluation period
If a student fails to meet the minimum SAP standards, they will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension and will not be eligible to receive any financial aid. Students are notified through
Students who have been academically suspended but are subsequently given permission to re-enroll are not automatically eligible to continue to receive any aid. Academic and Housing appeal decisions are separate from financial aid appeal decisions.
Students who have earned an associate degree and/or b
First-time freshman students (with no previously attempted college hours) are meeting the satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirements as long as they have:
- Been accepted as a regular student in an eligible program. A regular student is defined as someone enrolled in an eligible institution for the purpose of obtaining a degree or certificate offered by the institution.
- A high school diploma or a recognized equivalent of a high school diploma, typically a general education development (GED) certificate. Students who have been homeschooled are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Blinn reserves the right to deny financial aid to any student who does not have a high school diploma or GED from a recognized and accredited institution.
Students may appeal their financial aid suspension by submitting a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal. The appeal may not be based upon your need for the assistance OR your lack of knowledge that your assistance was in jeopardy. The appeal process is your opportunity to explain an unusual situation, condition, or other mitigating circumstance which prevented you from passing courses and/or necessitated that you withdraw from classes. Examples of possible situations include documented serious illness, severe injury, or the death of a family member.
Appeals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Each student’s prior academic history, letter, and third-party documentation are reviewed. Students who are denied may submit a Review of Denied Appeal by contacting the Financial Aid Office. A Review of Denied Appeal can only be submitted if an additional situation arose or additional documentation was unavailable when the first appeal was submitted.
If a student’s appeal is approved, he or she is placed on probationary academic standards and will be expected to meet those standards each semester until they are meeting overall SAP, graduate, or no longer attend Blinn. If a student fails to meet the conditions of their appeal, their aid will be denied for the remainder of the academic year (Fall/Spring/Summer). Students who are denied will not be able to appeal again until the beginning of the new academic year (Fall).
SAP Appeal Plan Requirements (Per Semester)
Pace of Completion for the Semester
(Hours Completed/Hours Attempted)
Students awaiting a decision on their financial aid appeal are responsible for paying their tuition and fees by the payment deadline to avoid being dropped from classes or to avoid late fees.
To regain financial aid eligibility after a Financial Aid Suspension or denial of an SAP appeal, a student must meet all of the following:
1. Enroll in a minimum six or more hours
2. Earn a 2.25 GPA for the semester
3. Successfully complete 100% of the semester hours attempted
Students who meet these conditions will be eligible to appeal for reinstatement of their financial aid.