Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards for Students Receiving Financial Aid

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards for Students Receiving Financial Aid

    Minimum Standards for All Students:

    To receive financial aid, students must meet all three of the following standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward the completion of course requirements in a certificate or degree program:

    1. Maintain a satisfactory Cumulative Grade Point Average
      All Students must have a minimum 2.00 GPA
    2. Successfully complete 2/3 (66.67%) of all cumulative attempted credits.
      Because withdrawn courses count as attempted credits, excessive withdrawals, failures, and other non-passing grades can lead to completion rate problems. Grades of “F,” “W,” “U,” and “AT” do not count towards completed credits. Incomplete (I) grades will be considered if and when a passing grade replaces the “I”.
    3. Complete their programs of study before they have attempted more than 150% of the published required credits for their programs.
      For example: Students enrolled in 60 credit programs must complete all required courses before they attempt more than 90 credits. Students who have completed a program may be able to receive funds for additional programs of study.*Attempted credits include credit courses, non-credit developmental courses, transfer courses, incomplete grades, withdraw, failed, and “no-grade” courses.

    Frequency of Evaluation

    Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) will be measured at the close of each term. If it is determined that a student is not making satisfactory progress their first semester, they will be placed on Financial Aid Probation/Warning the following term (including summer) and eligible for financial aid without having to submit an appeal. Students failing to meet SAP requirements will be notified in writing. All posted aid for the upcoming terms will be suspended. Students failing to meet SAP requirements will be notified in writing. All posted aid for the upcoming terms will be suspended.

    Reminder: this policy only leads to the suspension of your eligibility to receive aid. SAP suspension does not prevent you from enrolling for courses at your own expense. This policy does not apply to veteran’s benefits.

    Reestablishing Eligibility

    There are two ways to reestablish eligibility at Carroll Community College:

    1. Self-Pay Enrollment: Students may reestablish eligibility by enrolling and passing courses at their own expense. The student must pass the required 67% of attempted credits as well as meet the minimum GPA standard listed above. Students must contact the Financial Aid Office to request a reevaluation.
    2. Appeal: Suspended students may appeal up to two times for reinstatement of their eligibility by completing the SAP Appeal Form. Appeals must be based on unforeseen extenuating circumstances which hampered their ability to attend or pass courses. Examples of acceptable circumstance examples are illness, disability, family emergency, death of a loved one, etc.

    Appeal Deadline: No later than 20 business days after notification from the Financial Aid Office.


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