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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal regulations require all institutions to establish and apply reasonable standards of satisfactory progress to determine a student’s eligibility to receive financial assistance under the programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act. All students must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in a program to maintain eligibility for financial aid.


TAMHSC students who wish to be considered for financial aid must maintain qualitative and quantitative standards of satisfactory progress in their selected course of study as set forth in this policy.





Students not meeting SAP may be denied financial aid. Eligibility may be reinstated in one of two ways:

  • Achieving the required (qualitative and quantitative) standards over time.


Schedule of SAP Review 

Undergraduate: SAP will be reviewed after the end of each fall and spring semester.

  • Students not meeting SAP for the first time will be given their next enrolled semester as a probationary period in which financial aid eligibility will continue.
  • If SAP requirements are met in the next review, eligibility for financial aid will be restored for the following academic period.
  • If SAP requirements are not met in the next review, eligibility will be discontinued. Students must submit an Appeal (see SAP Appeal Process above) or continue without financial aid funding until SAP is met.

Graduate & Professional: SAP reviewed after the end of each spring term.

  • Students not meeting SAP will have Federal and State financial aid suspended and will not be eligible to receive funds for the next enrolled term unless a SAP Appeal (see SAP Appeal Process) is submitted and approved by OSFA.


Students are notified by email of their SAP status immediately following each review. Status information is also available throughout the year on each student’s myHSC account. If previously denied financial aid, it is the student's responsibility to present evidence to the Office of Student Financial Aid at the time he or she has met minimum requirements for reinstatement of State and Federal Title IV student financial aid.