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NEW Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

Política de Progreso Académico Satisfactorio (SAP en inglés)

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, State Grants, and Federal Work Study.

Effective May 2012, the regulatory review for satisfactory academic progress will include these significant changes for the evaluation of all financial aid students.


  • Earning (passing) a required number of credit hours (67% of all hours attempted) and
  • Achieving and maintaining a required grade point average
  • Total attempted credit hours must not exceed 150% of the published length of the students' degree program.
  • Students may receive financial aid for a repeated course only once, regardless of the grade earned on the first attempt. Repeated courses will be counted as part of the total number of attempted units.
  • Federal Pell Grant is limited to a total of 12 full-time semesters to complete a bachelor's degree.


  1. Students are evaluated at the close of each semester.
  2. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) will be reviewed and determined BEFORE aid is initially awarded.
  3. Transfer credit hours accepted by Middlesex County College will be included in overall attempted credit hours, but not the GPA calculation.

At the time of SAP review students will fall into one of the following categories:

  • GOOD STANDING: Student has met progress standards and is eligible for aid for the following semester or academic year.

  • WARNING: Student has NOT met progress standards, but may continue receiving federal aid. Students are encouraged to seek tutoring assistance to assist with the improvement of his/her GPA and progress. Students who are classified as 'Warning' must have made satisfactory academic progress in his/her prior term of enrollment.

  • PROBATION: Student has NOT met progress standards, but has an approved appeal and is eligible for financial aid for one semester or length of Academic Plan.

  • SUSPENSION: Student has NOT made progress. Student is no longer eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Please see re-establishing eligibility below.

SAP Appeal:

  • Each appeal will be reviewed by the Director of Financial aid and recommended for approval or denial based upon the student's individual circumstances. All decisions are final.
  • Appeals approved will be placed on financial aid probation and receive payment for one semester.
  • Appeals considered for approval must pass the litmus test of determining that the student will be able to meet the SAP Policy at the end of the financial aid probation period. If a student's progress is such that there is no way they will be able to meet the SAP Policy at the end of the financial aid probation, their appeal will be denied.

MCC SAP Appeal for Maximum Time Frame

MCC SAP Appeal for Unsatisfactory Academic Progress