Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements

Students are required to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards the completion of their degree program in order to receive federal, state or institutional financial aid. NSC measures SAP using both qualitative standards (minimum 2.0 cumulative NSC GPA) and quantitative standards (70 % minimum pace of completion). Students must also complete their programs within a “maximum timeframe,” which is defined as 150% of the normal time required to complete the program. For example, students in a bachelor’s program requiring 120 credits will be suspended from financial aid eligibility after attempting 180 credits, including any transfer courses that apply to the degree program. Students in “pre” majors are limited to 90 attempted credits, while “undecided” majors are limited to 60 attempted credits. Please see the complete current SAP policy at