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FAFSA Information

To be considered in good standing, a student must meet each of the following criteria when SAP is checked at the end of every semester:

  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Complete 67 percent of all credit hours attempted including transfer hours. This is called the pace. The chart below demonstrates 67 percent for attempted hours in a semester. 
  • Not exceed the maximum time frame for degree completion. A student may receive financial aid for up to 150 percent of the required number of credit hours needed to graduate from a specific program of study or until it is no longer mathematically possible to earn their degree within 150% of the required number of credit hours needed to graduate from their program, whichever comes first. 

SAP Warning Period

Current students who fail to meet SAP requirements for the first time will be placed on Financial Aid Warning at the end of the semester in which they did not meet the standard(s). They will be eligible to receive federal financial aid funding for the following semester in order to have an opportunity to bring up their GPA and pace. Transfer students will have SAP monitored prior to starting at Seminole State. 

Students who do not meet SAP after this period of Financial Aid Warning will be denied eligibility for future semesters and placed on Financial Aid Suspension status until they meet the SAP standards or submit a SAP Appeal that is approved.

Currently enrolled students who are on a financial aid "Warning" or "Academic Plan" status will be allowed to register for courses in future semesters but will not have financial aid available to them until after grades post for the current term in which they are enrolled. Once grades are assessed at the conclusion of the term, and financial aid eligibility is assessed, financial aid will be available to those students who meet the federal requirements.

Financial Aid Suspension

Students who do not meet the SAP during the warning period will not be awarded federal financial aid until they meet SAP or submit a SAP Appeal that is approved.  Transfer students will have their SAP evaluated prior to their first term at Seminole State and will be placed on financial aid suspension if the one or more of the SAP criteria is not met.   

Academic Plan

Students who submit a SAP Appeal that is approved will be placed on an Academic Plan. The student will continue receiving financial aid as long as he/she successfully complies with the prescribed Academic Plan requirements, meets SAP standards or graduates. While on Seminole State‚Äôs Academic Plan students are required to:

  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher for that semester. If the student is on an Academic Plan due to a GPA deficiency, then the student must maintain a 2.5 semester GPA for each semester he/she is on an Academic Plan.
  • Complete 100 percent of enrolled coursework for that semester (no failures or withdrawals)
  • Enroll only in the specific courses required for their current degree program each term

A student may not change his or her program plan while under an Academic Plan. If the student does not adhere to the Academic Plan (i.e., meet all three of the criteria above), the student will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension and will lose financial aid eligibility.

SAP Resources

Completion Chart

The left column is the attempted hours and the corresponding number in the right column is the number of hours you must successfully complete with a 2.0 GPA to maintain SAP.

67 Percent Completion Chart for Successful Progression 
Toward a Degree or Eligible Certificate by Term (Pace)

Credit Hours Attempted

Earned Hours Needed
(passed with GPA of 2.0 or higher)



Getting Started

Visit the FAFSA Verification portal to start the financial aid verification process.  Additional details are also provided on the Financial Aid Verification Guidelines webpage.

Logging into the Portal

  1. Log in with your Seminole State Account Username.
    Example - If doejohn5 is your network login,
    use the following as your username:
  2. Enter your password in the second field.
    Your password is the same one used to login
    to Canvas, your email account, or the network. 

It is recommended that you log in from a desktop or laptop computer not a mobile device. If you are unable to access your account, contact the HelpDesk at 407.708.2000 or visit Student Services on any campus to speak to a specialist.

Federal regulations require that all students who receive financial assistance demonstrate that they are moving through their academic program at a reasonable rate and are making progress toward their degree. A student must maintain Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) in a course of study regardless of whether the student received financial aid or transferred in from another institution.

SAP Monitoring

Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) at Seminole State will be monitored at the end of each term and must include the student's total academic history (Seminole State, Advanced Placement, dual enrollment, transient and transfer hours, regardless of the age of the credits). To receive federal aid, a student must be meeting SAP regardless of whether he or she previously received federal aid.


The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Phone: 407.708.2045
Fax: 407.708.2323

Federal School Code: 001520