Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy
Effective in the 2012-2013 Academic Year for All Students (New, Transfer and Continuing)
The Federal Government mandates that students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress toward the completion of their degrees within a reasonable period of time in order to be eligible for Title IV financial aid programs including Pell, SEOG, Federal Direct Loans, Federal Work Study and State Grants.
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP) IS DEFINED AS:
Program of Study
A student must declare an eligible program of study to be eligible to receive federal financial aid.
Remedial credits do count for the calculation of Satisfactory Academic Progress and are included in the metrics for the calculation of cumulative GPA, Completion rate and Maximum Time Frame. Note:Maximum of 30 attempted Remedial credits are funded with federal financial aid.
ESL coursework does count for the calculation of Satisfactory Academic Progress and is included in the metrics for the calculation of cumulative GPA, Completion rate and Maximum Time Frame.
All Repeated courses will be counted in the total number of attempted credits for SAP calculation. A student who passes a course (with a letter grade of D or higher, may retake the class for a second time and receive financial aid for that course. A student is not eligible for financial aid for that course if retaking the class a third time. Students repeating coursework because he/she received a grade of ‘F’ or ‘W,’ may repeat the course and remain eligible for financial aid if Satisfactory Academic Progress calculation will reflect ‘Good Standing.’
Transfer credits accepted by Middlesex County College will be included in overall attempted credits, but not the GPA calculation. All Attempted credits will be used in the calculation of Maximum Time Frame and Completion rate.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PELL GRANT AWARDS
Effective July 1, 2012, the duration of eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant is 12 full-time semesters. Students who are less than full-time (12 credits), will receive a prorated semester Pell award.
WHEN IS SAP REVIEWED?
Students are evaluated at the close of each academic term (Fall, Spring and Summer).
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE SAP IS REVIEWED?
SAP review will indicate a category for each student:
SAP APPEAL PROCESS:
A student who has had his/her financial aid placed on financial aid suspension has the right to appeal by submitting a Satisfactory Academic Appeal Form. Appeals must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office within the semester the student is requesting aid.