Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal and State regulations require that all financial aid recipients maintain specific academic standards called "Satisfactory Academic Progress" or SAP. Except for some private and institutional funds, all forms of financial aid (grants, loans, work-study and scholarships) are affected by this policy. These standards are applied to a student's entire academic history at Red Rocks Community College including periods when financial aid was not received.

Except for some private and institutional funds, all forms of financial aid (grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships) are impacted by policies developed to adhere to these regulations. The SAP standards are applied to your entire academic history at RRCC, including periods when financial aid was not received.
Evaluations of academic records are based on the following four criteria:

  • cumulative grade point average (GPA)
  • cumulative completion rate (# of credits earned compared to the # of credits attempted)
  • semester completion rate (effective fall 2014), and
  • maximum time frame (number of credits attempted)

You must complete your educational degree and/or certificate by the time you have attempted 150% of the number of credit hours required for your specific program.
You must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
You must successfully complete at least one course each semester (effective fall 2014), and maintain a cumulative completion rate of at least 67%.

The Financial Aid Office will monitor you’re academic progress at the end of each semester. We will attempt to notify you if you are being placed on financial aid Warning or if you are Ineligible for Aid due to SAP. If we determine that you are ineligible, you may appeal your status, in attempt to have you’re aid reinstated, by submitting an appeal packet, along with supporting documentation to substantiate the existence of extenuating circumstances, Appeal packets and a complete explanation of the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy can be found on our website: For additional information, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Students will be placed on an Ineligible for Aid Status If:

  • After a Warning Status their Cumulative GPA remains below a 2.0
  • After a Warning Status their Cumulative Completion Rate remains below 67%
  • The student has attempted more than 150% of the required number of credits for their degree or certificate
  • The student does not pass at least one course during a single term (effective fall 2014)

To re-establish aid eligibility, a student may do one of the following:

  • Submit a SAP appeal to the Financial Aid Office.  (If approved, the student would remain on Probation Status while they are successfully following their Academic Plan.)
  • Pay out of pocket until meeting the SAP standards
  • Attend another Title IV (financial aid eligible) institution.*  

When SAP appeals are denied at RRCC, a student may do one of the following:

  • Pay out of pocket until meeting the SAP standards.
  • Pay out of pocket for a minimum of six credit hours at RRCC (or another Title IV institution*) and re-appeal at RRCC the following semester, after successfully passing their courses. 

*Upon successful completion of courses taken at another Title IV institution, the student could request to transfer the credits to RRCC. They would need to notify the Financial Aid Office at that time to re-evaluate their SAP code to determine if they are now meeting the SAP standards.  Note:  The Financial Aid Office highly recommends that students who choose to take courses elsewhere consult an RRCC Academic Advisor before doing so.  This will ensure that the credits are transferrable to the program of student at RRCC.

More information
SAP is explained further in the RRCC SAP Pamphlet.
Click here for federal regulation and RRCC policy updates regarding SAP.
Click here for the RRCC SAP Appeal Packet.
Click here for the RRCC Official Degree Evaluation form.