After completing the FAFSA, you will need to check your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) eligibility to determine if you are in good academic standing or if you are on financial aid suspension.
Unless both items below are completed, your SAP status will NOT be available.
- You have completed your FAFSA and Alamo Colleges has successfully received it
- You have completed the ApplyTexas application for admission
What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?
Satisfactory Academic Progress is a federal requirement, and students must meet SAP to receive both federal & state financial aid.
A student who is meeting SAP will have:
- A 2.0 cumulative Grade Point Average or above
- A sixty-seven percent (67%) cumulative completion rate between hours attempted & hours actually completed
- No more than ninety-nine (99) attempted hours of college level courses (excluding 30 hours of remedial courses)
Please see what is needed to comply with the Alamo College's SAP Policy.
How does SAP affect my financial aid?
If a student is not meeting SAP, they will be placed on financial aid suspension and will no longer qualify for aid; including Federal Direct Loans.
How and where do I check my SAP?
SAP status can be found in the ACES student portal under the Start Here tab. There will be a Financial Aid Checklist box in the upper right hand corner of the tab.
Click here to login to your ACES account to check your SAP.
How often is SAP updated?
The financial aid office checks SAP every year after Spring grades are posted. Students not meeting SAP once calculated are placed on financial aid suspension.
The SAP estimated run date for Summer 2016 and/or Fall 2016/Spring 2017 is currently 5/23/2016 with finalization by 5/25/2016. *This date is an estimate and subject to change.
Will the SAP process affect my Summer 2016 and/or Fall 2016/Spring 2017 awards as a continuing student?
All Summer 2016 and/or 2016-2017 awards are tentative based upon final evaluation of SAP. SAP calculations are anticipated to be completed by May 25; at which point award offers will be removed for those students who do not meet SAP criteria. Summer awards will not be authorized until SAP has been reviewed and adjustments made.
What can I do to make sure I remain in good standing?
1. Avoid dropping classes or earning grades not considered to be passing according to the SAP policy.
2. Follow your degree plan and meet with an advisor regularly.
What can I do if I am placed on Suspension?
Please click here to learn more about Financial Aid Appeal process.
What does it mean if I am Meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress?
Students who are meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress are eligible to receive aid as long they are meeting all other requirements.
How does SAP affect dual credit students?
Due to prior college credit hours earned before attending the Alamo Colleges, new incoming dual credit students entering Alamo fall or spring will be placed on SAP probation until the regular SAP process runs at the end of spring.