Understanding SAP standardsTo remain eligible for federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs, students must comply with CCBC’s standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
Minimum SAP standards
Cumulative financial aid grade point average (GPA)
|Billable Credits||Required GPA|
|1 — 18||1.50|
|19 — 31||1.75|
|32 — 44||1.85|
|45 or more||2.00|
The financial aid GPA calculation includes all courses taken at CCBC including legacy coursework (Catonsville C.C., Dundalk C.C., and Essex C.C.). Developmental coursework, including English as a Second Language (ESOL), is counted in the cumulative financial aid GPA. Please note the cumulative GPA on a student’s college transcript may not match the cumulative GPA for the financial aid calculation.
ESOL, English, and Reading developmental course grades of Satisfactory will be treated as a “C” grade and Unsatisfactory will be treated as an “F” grade for financial aid GPA calculations. Mathematics developmental course grades will be treated as posted by the instructor (A, B, C, or F).
ESOL courses will be included in the completion rate and financial aid GPA but are not included towards the maximum 30 billable hours of developmental courses.
Withdrawals, Incompletes, Repeats, and Audits
Credits for repeated courses are treated as attempted but not earned except for the course with the highest grade, which is included in the GPA calculation.
Billable hours for developmental coursework with a grade of “S” (satisfactory) are treated as attempted and earned. A grade of “U” (unsatisfactory) is treated as attempted but not earned.
Example: If you receive an “F” the first time you take a course and subsequently passes the course with a “D”, you may only receive financial aid once to improve your “D” grade.
Second Degree Students
Students with double majors are monitored like any other students under this policy. Students will be limited to receive financial aid for only 2 majors.
Change of Degree Program
Should a student exceed the 150% maximum time frame allowed for their degree program, the student may appeal if they have extenuating circumstances. All transfer hours accepted by CCBC will be included when determining maximum timeframe eligibility.
Loss of financial aid
Students, who are not in compliance with the cumulative GPA and/or completion rate SAP standards, will not be granted a one semester warning status. Students who were previously placed on warning (attendance prior to fall 2016) and do not meet the published standards by the next review will be suspended from eligibility for Federal Title IV Aid, state funded programs, and any other aid programs requiring that students meet SAP standards.