The United States Department of Education requires that financial aid students have their academic progress reviewed each academic year (fall, spring, and summer semesters) to determine if Satisfactory Academic Progress has been achieved.


How is Academic Progress Measured?

Qualitative and Quantitative Standards measure academic progress. Qualitative Standards measure GPA. All students must have a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or better. Quantitative Standards measure completion rates. All students must have completed at least 67% of their cumulative units attempted.

For more information about SAP, please click on the following:

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Are you currently on Disqualification Status?

All new appeal students are now required to complete an Online and In-Person SAP Workshop. Completion of these two workshops is mandatory. To appeal your disqualification, please complete the following steps: 

1. Complete the SAP Quiz below:

SAP Quiz

2. Check your Hartnell Gmail account for quiz results which will be sent to you within 3-5 business days after you take the SAP Quiz.

3. If you pass the quiz, you will need to sign up for an In-Person SAP Workshop by calling (831) 755-6806 or stop by the Financial Aid Office to sign up for a workshop.

4. At the SAP Workshop, you will be given your SAP Appeals form to complete along with important SAP information.

5. After completion of the SAP Workshop, you will be instructed to make an appointment with an academic counselor to develop strategies for success considering your individual student needs and completing a comprehensive educational plan.

6. If you have not previously completed your math and English placement, you must do so when meeting with a Hartnell Counselor.

7. The declared major on the Student Educational Plan must agree with what Admissions and Records has on their Data system.

8. Submit the completed SAP Appeal Form, supporting documentation and a copy of your educational plan to the Financial Aid Office by the established deadline on the link below:

Spring 2020 Timelines

Are you currently on Disqualified status, but have submitted an appeal in a previous semester?

All students who have previously submitted an appeal to the Financial Aid Department and have had continuous enrollment do not need to complete a new appeal form or complete a SAP workshop. Your SAP record will automatically be reviewed for progression. If there are any changes to your Educational Plan, you must submit a copy of your updated plan to the Financial Aid Office immediately, along with a signed statement explaining the changes. Courses not listed on your Educational Plan will not be eligible for financial aid. 

What do I do if my appeal was denied?

If an appeal is denied, the student is not eligible for federal, most state and institutional financial aid. All appeal decisions are final; however, students may complete the appeal process again the following term. Students are limited to a maximum of 3 appeals at Hartnell College. Once you have reached a maximum of 3 appeals you will no longer be allowed to appeal.