Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
To continue receiving financial aid each semester you must maintain the following requirements:
What does my SAP standing mean?
Note: Students who receive a failing grade in a class can repeat that class but it will affect the student's completion rate. The review committee considers the number of repeat classes when a student is submitting an appeal for loss of financial aid. Classes repeated to improve a passing grade may be repeated one (1) additional time only.
Students do have the option to appeal SAP suspension. To appeal the students must complete all steps listed on the SAP appeal worksheet.
Steps to Submit a SAP Appeal
Step 1: Type a statement that describes, in detail, what happened each semester you were unsuccessful. This means any semester you received a F or withdrew from classes. It may be helpful to access your unofficial transcript (from the ‘succeed’ tab of your eTC portal) to view each semester. Also, describe what steps you plan to take to ensure you are successful going forward. (In your statement, please be very specific about what happened and your plans for the future.)
Step 2: Provide documentation to support what you detailed in your statement. For example, if you referenced an illness you can provide medical records.
Step 3: Meet with an academic advisor to complete a graduation plan. This plan needs to start with your next semester of enrollment and go through the completion of your current degree. The degree plan must be followed.
Once all of these steps are completed, you may submit your appeal for review.
Appeals typically take 5-10 business days to review. Outcomes are communicated by eTC email.
Please refer to the Catalog for more information.
Dropping Vs. Withdrawing from Classes
Withdrawing from a Class
A student may withdraw from a class online via eTC after the drop period. A grade of “W” will be awarded for the withdrawn course(s). Any withdrawals can impact a student’s completion rate. The student is responsible for all transactions, including notification of the Financial Aid office, if financial aid, scholarships, or VA education benefits are being received.
Withdrawing from the College
All students officially withdrawing from the College must complete a "Withdraw from College" form available in TC Central. Students are required to meet with a Financial Aid Counselor prior to submitting the form to TC Central. Students leaving the college without completing the "Withdraw from College" form are considered unofficially withdrawn. Federal financial aid eligibility must be recalculated for students who withdraw (officially or unofficially), drop out, or are dismissed prior to completing 60% of a semester. Federal financial aid includes Pell grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and Federal loans. Federal financial aid must be returned to the federal government based on the percent of unearned aid.
Contact the Financial Aid office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-646-1650 prior to withdrawing from a class or the college to determine how financial aid will be impacted.
Be familiar with the college calendar to know when all drop and withdraw dates occur.