Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal regulations require that all federal financial aid recipients be enrolled in a degree-seeking or approved certificate program and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to maintain eligibility. All federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs administered by CCBC are also governed by this policy.

Standards for SAP

CCBC complies with this requirement by monitoring each student’s academic progress against three standards: minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA), minimum completion rate, and maximum time frame for completion of a degree or certificate consistent with the provisions of this policy. Learn more»

Evaluation periods

Fall, spring, and summer terms are considered a semester/payment period. The SAP evaluation will be based on attendance in all prior semester(s) and will include all classes attempted whether or not financial aid was received. Each student who receives either federal or state assistance (including student/parent loans) must make satisfactory academic progress toward the attainment of their degree or certificate as a condition of receiving financial aid.

Degree seeking students
Certificate seeking students
  • Students, who are enrolled in a certificate program are required to be reviewed at the end of each semester/payment period.

Appeal process

Students with a suspended status and documented extenuating circumstances may appeal their suspension. Students may appeal for GPA, completion rate, and maximum timeframe. Learn more»

Regaining Financial Aid Eligibility

  • A student, whose financial aid has been suspended, may regain eligibility after taking classes at their own expense and meeting the minimum requirements of a 2.0 GPA, minimum 67% completion rate, and not exceeding the 150% maximum timeframe.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office when these conditions have been met.

All financial aid applicants are responsible for knowing the financial aid SAP policy. The Financial Aid Office sends a notification of aid ineligibility to a student who has been placed on suspension status. Whether or not a student receives the notification, responsibility for meeting the minimum SAP requirements to qualify for student aid remains with the student. Students, who are ineligible for aid, may enroll if they are able to pay their education expenses (tuition, fees and books).

The programs governed by these regulations are (but not limited to):
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Federal Direct Stafford Loans (Subsidized & Unsubsidized)
  • Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
  • Student Employment (Federal Work-Study and Institutional Student Employment)
  • CCBC Opportunity Grant
  • CCBC Completion Scholarship
  • CCBC Foundation Inc. Scholarships
  • Maryland State Education Assistance and Guaranteed Access Grants
  • Maryland State Delegate & Senatorial Scholarships
  • Maryland State Tuition Waiver Program