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Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal and New Jersey State financial aid is to help students pay for their college expenses.
To receive grants, loans, scholarships, and work study, students must meet minimum SAP standards while completing their Associate Degree or Certificate programs at Bergen Community College.

What does SAP stand for?

 

SAP Measures a student’s performance at the end of each semester in the following areas:

Quantitative Pace – Completion Rate

Students must meet minimum completion rate (number of credits attempted verses number of credits earned) standards.
All withdrawals (official or unofficial) from classes will affect their rate.

Credits Attempted Pace
1-11 Credits No Minimum
12-23 Credits 50%
24-35 Credits 60%
36-47 Credits 65%
48 or more credits 67%

 

Qualitative Pace – (Grade Point Average)

Students must meet minimum GPA standards.
All grades (including “E”, “W”, F”, & “N”) will affect their rate.

Credits Attempted  GPA
1-11 Credits No Minimum
12-23 Credits 1.70
24-35 Credits 1.80
36-47 Credits 1.90
48 or more credits 2.0

 

Maximum Time Frame

Students are only allowed to use the required number of credits to complete their Associate Degree or Certificate programs (150%).

Credits Attempted Time Frame
1-80 No Minimum
80-96 Alert
96+ *Not Eligible

*Health Profession programs are provided separate standard

SAP Status Definitions

– Satisfactory – Student is meeting minimum standards & is eligible for financial aid

– Warning – Student is beginning to fall below minimum standards & is given an alert for time to improve, but is still eligible for financial aid

– *Unsatisfactory – Student has fallen below minimum standards & is not eligible for financial aid

– *Unsatisfactory Maximum Time Frame – Student is close to or has exceeded the maximum time for their program of study & is not eligible for financial aid

– Probation – After an appeal is approved, the student is placed on probation & will be monitored closely every semester, but is still eligible for financial aid

– Continuous Probation – Student was in prior probation & continues to be monitored every semester, but is still eligible for financial aid

– Failed Probation – Student was in prior probation & receved unacceptable grades (“W”, “E”, “F”, “N”, etc.) & is not eligible for financial aid or to appeal

– Denied – After an appeal is not approved, the student is denied, & is not eligible for financial aid

– Max Time Frame – The student has exceeded their maximum eligibility at Bergen C.C. & is not eligible for financial aid

Impact of Dropping or Withdrawing from the Course

What happen if a student receiving financial aid drops or withdraws from a course?

 

Impact of Repeating Coursework

Can a student use the financial aid to pay for repeated coursework?