Eligibility Requirements

In order to receive aid from programs offered at Georgia Gwinnett College, you'll need to complete the following.

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree in an eligible program of study.
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.
  • Not be in default on a Federal Stafford Loan or owe an over-payment on a Federal Student Grant.
  • Make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • Register with the Selective Service if required. If you are a male age 18-25 and have not yet registered with the Selective Service, you can give the Selective Service permission to register you by checking a box on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Sign a statement on the FAFSA certifying that you (1) will use federal and/or state student financial aid only to pay for attending an institution of higher learning, (2) is not in default on a federal student loan or has made satisfactory arrangements to repay it, (3) does not owe money back on a federal student grant or has made satisfactory arrangements to repay it, and (4) will notify the school if you default on a federal student loan.
  • Not have received aid for the same course more than twice. Aid will not cover repeat courses after two times. Financial Aid will only pay for courses that count toward your degree program.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards

In order for you to receive financial aid at Georgia Gwinnett College, you must demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). This means you will maintain good academic standing necessary for you to be eligible to apply for federal, state and institutional aid at GGC, including institutional and federal minimum GPA and Pace standards. SAP is measured at the end of each semester and looks at your minimum cumulative GPA per semester hours attempted (qualitative measurement) and if you passed 67% of all attempted courses.

What standards does the SAP use to measure my progress?

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires Georgia Gwinnett College to establish a policy that will enforce academic progress standards to ensure students who receive federal financial aid are making timely progress to complete the intended program of study. Academic records are reviewed after each period of enrollment to confirm that students are making satisfactory academic progress. Federal financial aid recipients will be notified if any of the following academic progress standards that are not being met after all grades for the term have been processed and posted.


A student must maintain the academic standing necessary to be eligible for federal, state and institutional aid at GGC. The qualitative (GPA) policy is the same as the academic policies of GGC.

Semester Hours Attempted
Plus Transfer Credit
Minimum Cumulative GPA
(GGC Credit Only)
More than 452.00


For Pace, students must successfully complete a cumulative 67% of all attempted hours.

Maximum Time Frame

For Maximum Time Frame, students are allowed 150% of the total number of attempted credit hours required to receive a GGC baccalaureate degree. For GGC students, this limit is 184 credit hours. After 184 attempted hours, SAP failure for Maximum Time Frame occurs. Students who wish to appeal Maximum Time Frame must include a graduation timeline and plan from their Faculty Mentor. This would accompany the other required documentation for the SAP appeals packet.

Courses earned include grades of A, B, C, or D. Courses attempted include any course in which grades of A, B, C, D, F, W, WF, or I are given.

What happens if I fail SAP standards?

Generally, this means there is a limit to the amount of federal aid you can use for college. Just like there are loan limits and limits on how much Pell Grant one can receive, there are minimum standards you must keep academically to be allowed to use federal funds. 

If you fail SAP standards during the semester, the College is allowed to give you one warning term to meet the standards. If you don’t meet the standards at the end of the warning term, you lose the ability to use any financial aid. This is called SAP or financial aid suspension. It’s important to realize that it can take more than one semester to meet SAP standards. Once you fail the standards, it’s very difficult to bring your GPA and/or Pace back up to the minimum. 

Please note: Students who are failing the Pace standard for 150% / maximum time frame are not permitted to have a warning term. Once you exceed 184 credit hours, you have failed the standards and may not have the warning term. This only applies to the 150% / maximum time frame failures for Pace and not the traditional Pace standards. 

What if I can’t raise my standards after I fail SAP because I need financial aid to take classes to improve?

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use aid until you meet SAP standards. You would have to pay out-of-pocket or find other non-federal / non-state / non-institutional funding to attend. Student Accounts does offer a payment plan. 

What if I'm taking classes for Student Success or English for Academic Purposes (EAP)?

Student Success courses are not included in SAP considerations. But you are limited to one academic year (30 semester hours) of remedial coursework in order to retain eligibility for financial aid funds. EAP courses count for your enrollment status for that semester, but do not bear quality points or GPA hours, so they are not included in SAP considerations. Learn more in the Course Catalog (under Financial Aid) about Student Success and EAP coursework in regards to financial aid.

Can I audit courses or will it affect any of the measurements?

You are not eligible to receive financial aid for audited courses. Audited courses are not included in the number of hours attempted or earned for SAP consideration.

How are classes I repeat handled in this evaluation?

The higher grade will take the place of the lower one when calculating cumulative GPA. However, the Pace standard factors in all grades when calculating cumulative GPA. Read more about repeated classes in the Course Catalog (under Financial Aid).

Is there a warning period?

If you do not meet both standards for academic progress, you will be placed on financial aid warning for one semester. If you still do not meet the standards at the end of the warning period, you will loose your eligibility for financial aid for a period not less than one semester of enrollment in addition to any other consequences imposed by the College. You must demonstrate compliance with all standards of academic progress to regain eligibility for financial aid. Learn more about warning period requirements in the Course Catalog (under Financial Aid).

Can I appeal a decision?

If you do fail to meet SAP, and are placed on financial aid suspension, you may appeal based on extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances could be health reasons, family situations or other personal reasons that deterred you from your studies. You must submit the packet for appeal to the Office of Financial Aid. Learn more about the appeals process in the Course Catalog (under Financial Aid).

Who is the SAP Committee at GGC?

The SAP Committee is made up of GGC Faculty and staff. They go through special training regarding federal and institutional policies related to financial aid and satisfactory academic progress standards. They serve at the direction of the Executive Director of Financial Aid and are reviewed after each year of performance on the committee. 

Contact a Financial Aid representative or use the tuition and financial aid calculators to help determine your SAP.