Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid


1. Successfully complete classes

Successfully complete at least 2/3 (67%) of the credit hours of which you have cumulatively attempted.

Divide completed credits by attempted credits to find your completion rate.

Example: 21 completed credits ÷ 24 attempted credits = 87.5%

2. Maintain good academic standing

Maintain or exceed a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 at all times.

3. Keep on track for graduation

Complete your program within 150% of the published length of the program measured in credit hours attempted.


  • Your degree takes 60 credits to graduate.
  • 60 ÷ 2 = 30
  • 60 + 30 = 90.
  • You may only be eligible for financial aid up to 90 credits.

Cumulative Credits — Includes all credits taken at Hawkeye and those transferred in, including college courses taken in high school

Attempted Credits — Credits you took regardless of whether or not you successfully completed, including repeated or developmental courses

Completed Credits — Credits attempted and received a passing grade (A, B, C, D, P)

Example: For the semester you take 4 classes that are 3 credits each (12 credits for the semester). At the end of the semester you receive an A, C, W, F for your 4 classes. You attempted 12 credits | You successfully competed 6 credits (A, C) | 6/12 = 50% completion rate

** Check your Hawkeye email for SAP results after the end of each term. **


Status What that Means Action
Satisfactory You are eligible for financial aid Keep up the good work to continue maintaining your GPA and progressing towards your goal.

First semester of not meeting minimum requirements

You are eligible for financial aid

  • Look into what is preventing you from meeting requirements.
  • Make academic improvements.
  • Meet with your academic/college success advisor, instructors, and/or financial aid counselor.
  • Use the Student Tutoring and Computer Lab, Math Lab, Business Lab, and/or Library.

Grade reported in error or reported late?

Academic Plan

Previously on suspension, appealed, approved, and will take more than one semester to meet minimum requirements

You are eligible for financial aid


Previously on suspension, appealed, approved, and can meet minimum standards after the next semester

You are eligible for financial aid


Not meeting minimum requirements

You are not eligible for financial aid

Grade reported in error or reported late?

Review Forms

To have your records reviewed to see if you are in compliance with Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards, please complete the appropriate form and return it to the Financial Aid office.

Warning status due to a grade reported in error or reported late:

Warning status because you are approaching 150% of the published required length of your program in cumulative credits attempted:

Suspension status due to a grade reported in error or reported late:

Academic Plan status:

  • Summer 2023 Academic Plan Review was due July 26, 2023 at 4:30 pm.

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires students to maintain satisfactory academic progress toward their degree in order to receive financial aid.

Hawkeye Community College 's Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for financial aid apply to all students who want to establish or maintain financial aid eligibility for federal, state, and institutional programs. These include but are not limited to Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal / State Work Study, Iowa Grant, Vocational-Technology Grant, Skilled Workforce Shortage Tuition Grant, Iowa National Guard, Stafford Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized), Parent PLUS Loan for Undergraduate Students, and designated Hawkeye Foundation Scholarships.

These standards apply to a student's entire academic transcript, including terms for which financial aid was not applied for or disbursed, including classes taken while in high school.

The academic progress of students is monitored at the end of each academic term.

See the Financial Aid Handbook for the full Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Contact Information

Financial Aid

Hawkeye Center 118
800-670-4769 ext.4020
319-209-9239 (text only)
319-296-4495 (fax)
Email Financial Aid

Regular Hours — Fall 2023

July 31 – December 19, 2023
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm

If campus is closed, the Financial Aid Office is also closed. This includes weather-related closings. See the Academic Calendar for scheduled college closings.

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