Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Financial aid funds will only pay for courses required for your declared program of study.

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.

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.
Types of financial aid impacted:
  • 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)
  • Baltimore County Promise Scholarship
  • CCBC Opportunity Grant
  • CCBC Completion Scholarship
  • CCBC Foundation Inc. Scholarships
  • Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship
  • Maryland State Education Assistance and Guaranteed Access Grants
  • Maryland State Delegate & Senatorial Scholarships
  • Maryland State Tuition Waiver Program

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 financial aid was received. All financial aid applicants are responsible for knowing the financial aid SAP policy. The Financial Aid Office sends an email notification AND posts a message in SIMON of aid ineligibility (suspension status). Students who are ineligible for aid may enroll if they are able to pay their educational expenses (tuition, fees and books).


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»


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»