Satisfactory Academic Progress

Although financial aid is awarded annually to those who qualify, there are steps that you must take to maintain your financial aid.

If you receive financial aid, you must maintain  Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) guidelines in addition to any program requirements. SAP is calculated at the end of each semester after grades are posted.  The three standards of SAP  are:

  • Completion Ratio:  You must have at least a 2/3 (67%) or higher completion ratio. The ratio is calculated with the following formula: # of passed hours/ # of attempted hours.
  • GPA: You must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Time frame:  You must complete your current program within 150% of the credit hour program length. Please visit our Gwinnett Tech Catalog to determine how many credit hours are required for your program and multiply by 1.5.

If you do not maintain one or more of the SAP requirements, you will remain eligible for federal and state aid for ONE semester under the "Financial Aid Warning" status. After the warning semester, if you are still not meeting one or more SAP guidelines, you will be placed in a "Suspension" status and you will lose your financial aid eligibility.

If you believe you had an extenuating circumstance that may have contributed to your Suspension, you can submit an appeal. If approved, you are placed in a "Probation" status; this allows you to receive aid for one or more semesters.

You must submit your detailed appeal statement, supporting documentation and the Cover Sheet (SAPAPP) in one packet. The SAP Cover Sheet is found in the 2017-2018 Miscellaneous Financial Aid Forms section.

Although you may change programs while at Gwinnett Tech, you are strongly encouraged to consult with the Financial Aid Office or Enrollment Services before you change programs as it can affect your eligibility for aid.

If you have questions about maintaining your aid, call us at 678-226-6677, visit an advisor in the One-Stop Shop or send us an email at We'll be glad to help. You can also learn about our current Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.