Lincoln College

Financial Aid

Keeping Your Aid

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

The Department of Education requires us to monitor the academic progress of students receiving financial aid to ensure they meet certain requirements to maintain eligibility. According to federal regulations, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress and meet certain academic requirements regarding grade point average, completion rate, and maximum time frame. For this reason, we encourage all students to take advantage of all campus student resources, such as tutoring, to ensure they make satisfactory progress towards a degree.

Grade Point Average

Your grades are important at Lincoln College. To be eligible for aid, students must maintain a cumulative GPA at or above the academic standards listed in the Lincoln College catalog:

Cumulative Hours Attempted Cumulative Grade Point Average
01-16 1.70
17-32 1.85
33-48 1.95
49+ 2.0

Completion Rate

The Department of Education requires us to monitor the completion rate of students receiving financial aid in order to ensure students are making satisfactory progress towards a degree. Students must complete at least 67% of all the credits attempted. Classes that are withdrawn, failed, or incomplete do not count as completed credits. For example, if a student takes 12 credits in a semester and fails two 3 credit classes, then they would only have completed 50%  of their credits, which would not make satisfactory academic progress in that semester.

Maximum Time Frame

Students are allowed to attempt 1.5 times, or 150%, the number of credit hours it takes to complete their degree program. For example, if a student is enrolled in an associate’s degree which requires 60 credits, then when they reach 90 credits attempted, they would lose all aid eligibility for the remainder of that program.