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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

According to Federal Regulations to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, a student must maintain the following:

  • GPA:  Must have a cumulative Roane State Community College GPA of 2.0;
  • PACE: Must have earned 67% of all attempted hours (including Learning Support).  Only grades of A, B, C, D are counted as “earned hours”.  Grades of W, I, and AU are counted as “attempted hours”.
  • Cannot exceed 90 attempted* college credit hours if working towards an associate degree or 150% of attempted* hours required to complete your certificate program (once a student reaches 70 attempted hours they will be contacted to do an appeal and will be required to submit and follow an academic plan).  Once a degree or certificate is earned, your eligibility stops.

* Includes all hours from Roane State or any other college/university attended even if you did not receive financial aid for those courses.

Any student that does not meet the above criteria at the end of each spring semester has failed to meet SAP.  Students will be notified through their RaiderNet e-mail and sent a letter to the permanent mailing address.  No federal or state awards (including student loans) may be received during this time.


If there were circumstances beyond your control OUTSIDE the classroom that caused failure to meet SAP, you may appeal.

Examples of circumstances beyond your control are:

  • Loss or change of job
  • Serious illness of self or an immediate family member
  • Death of an immediate family member
  • Military
  • Car problems
  • Family Issues (Divorce, Separation, Childcare, etc)

To appeal follow directions as outlined in letter received.

If approved, you will be placed on a one semester probation.  Your status will be reviewed in the following semester to determine if you are now in good standing.  If not in good standing, you must be following required courses listed on your Academic Plan as developed with your faculty advisor.  Students who have exceeded the maximum attempted hours will not return to good standing and MUST follow an approved Academic Plan for ONLY required RSCC courses.  This will be reviewed each semester after you register.

Please be advised that if a student has been approved for a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal (SAP) and does a total withdrawal, officially or unofficially, or earns a 0.00 term GPA, the appeal is voided and the student must REAPPEAL!.  Also the following guidelines will be in effect:

  • Only 1 Change of Major will be allowed while in this appeal process
  • Only 2 Financial Aid appeals allowed during your academic time at RSCC

Our goal is to review appeals in a timely manner. An email response will be sent to your RaiderNet e-mail account.

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