Standards of Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress

College of DuPage will evaluate the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) of all financial aid applicants, whether or not they previously received Federal/State Financial Aid, upon receipt by the College of their initial FAFSA information, and subsequently, at the conclusion of the grading period each semester. The College will determine a student's cumulative grade point average (GPA); cumulative completion rate (total credits completed divided by total credits attempted); and the student's total credits attempted to date, including transfer credits.

Federal regulations require that Satisfactory Academic Progress be applied to a student's academic performance regardless of whether or not financial aid has previously been received. When applying these standards, the student's full academic record at College of DuPage and any credit hours transferred to the college are taken into consideration.

Students who fail to demonstrate satisfactory progress toward the completion of their education (i.e., not attending classes, deferring grades, withdrawing from classes or failing classes) will become ineligible to receive financial aid. Students must be in an eligible degree program, certificate program or transfer curriculum to receive financial aid at College of DuPage.


Contact Information

Office of Student Financial Assistance
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2220, (630) 942-2251
Fax: (630) 942-2151


Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.