How to Calculate SAP Standards

The Department of Education requires you to meet academic standards to receive financial aid at Madison College. These academic standards are referred to as Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). SAP is evaluated after each semester and is calculated using all credits attempted, regardless of whether financial aid was received.

The Financial Aid Office will automatically recalculate SAP for those who have final grades posted up through the second week of the following semester. Any status changes would be communicated to you. If a final grade is posted after the second week of the new semester, it is your responsibility to contact the Financial Aid Office.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

  1. Login to your myMadisonCollege Student Center.
  2. Under the Academics heading, click the “Grades” link.
  3. Select the most recent term completed for the Degree career, then click the continue button.
  4. The bottom right cell is your Cumulative GPA that is used for SAP standards.
  5. You may also manually calculate your GPA by using the tools and/or information provided to you.

For financial aid purposes, any missing grades or incomplete ("I") grades are calculated as an "F." In addition, any non-degree classes for which financial aid was received also count towards your financial aid GPA calculation. If either of these situations apply, you must manually calculate your GPA using the information link provided above.

Completion Percentage

  1. Determine the total number of credits completed (grades of A, AB, B, BC, C, D, AU, S, and P) at Madison College and add that to any credits transferred in.
  2. Determine the total number of credits attempted (all final grades) at Madison College and add that to any credits transferred in.
  3. Divide the completed credits (#1) by the attempted credits (#2).
  4. The result is your cumulative Completion Percentage in decimal format (move the period over two units to get your percentage).

Maximum Time Frame

First, determine the amount of credits you may attempt before you reach Maximum Time Frame:

  1. Determine the credits required to graduate from your current program of study by clicking your program on the list and selecting “Program Curriculum Sheet (PDF)”.
  2. Add the Semester Totals together to find the total number of credits required to complete your program.
  3. Multiply the total number of credits by 1.50 (150%). 


  • The Accounting program requires 68 degree credits to graduate. 68 x 1.5 = 102 credits.
  • The Welding program requires 29 degree credits to graduate. 29 x 1.5 = 43.5 credits (round up to 44).

Next, determine the amount of credits you have attempted that count towards Maximum Time Frame. Note that this calculation does not start over if you change or add a new program of study. Add together all classes that you have:

  • Attempted at Madison College, regardless of final grade
  • Repeated
  • Dropped after the class start date
  • Transferred in from another college/university
  • Non-degree classes for which financial aid was received

Questions? Visit askMadisonCollege to view frequently asked Financial Aid questions, submit a Financial Aid Category question, access the Financial Aid Tutorials for step-by-step instructions on related processes, or contact Madison College Financial Aid at (608) 246-6170.