Satisfactory Academic Progress

A student receiving federal aid (federal grants and loans) must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

SAP includes your cumulative grade point average, your aggregate completion rate (Pace) and the maximum time frame to complete your degree. All periods of enrollment count toward Satisfactory Academic Progress (Fall, Winter, Spring), including periods when a student does not receive financial aid.

Cumulative Grade Point Average

A student on financial aid must maintain a minimum 2.0 CGPA in order to continue receiving financial aid. This is reviewed at the end of each semester. Transfer credit does not count toward the CGPA.

PACE (Aggregate Completion Rate)

Pace is a measure of a student's progress toward graduation. A student on financial aid must complete at least 67% of all credits attempted at Ensign College. The calculation is done by dividing total credits completed by the total credits attempted (this includes remedial coursework).

Max Time Frame

To Earn a Degree A student must complete a degree within 150% of the number of credit hours required for the degree or certificate being sought. Transfer courses accepted by Ensign College count in this calculation.

If a student changes their major, their maximum time frame calculation does not reset. If they exceed the 150% mark, they would need to submit an appeal to continue using financial aid.

Financial Aid Warning

Students who do not meet SAP standards for the first time may be placed on Financial Aid warning for one semester. During this semester the student may still receive financial aid. A student will be placed on warning when:

  • The CGPA falls below 2.0 (but is still above 1.0) the first time.
  • The student must have a 2.0 CGPA by the end of the warning term.
  • The Aggregate Completion Rate falls below 67%.
  • The student must have a completion rate above 67% by the end of the warning term.

Financial Aid Disqualification

A student will be disqualified from receiving aid when:

  • He/she does not meet SAP requirements by the end of the warning semester.
  • The CGPA is below 1.0.
  • He/she does not or will not be able to complete a degree within 150% of the number of hours required for graduation.

For more information about SAP and to learn about the appeals process for disqualified students, please visit