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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.

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

Quantitative Pace – (Cumulative Completion Rate)

Students must meet minimum completion rate standards (number of credits attempted versus number of credits earned).
All withdrawals (official “W” and  unofficial “E”) from classes will affect a student performance.

Qualitative Pace – (Cumulative GPA)

Students must meet minimum GPA standards.
All grades (including “E”, “W”, F”, & “N”) will affect a student’s performance.

Cumulative Credits Attempted Cumulative Completion Rate Cumulative GPA
1-14 50% 1.5
15-29 50% 1.8
30+ 67% 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%).

Cumulative Credits Attempted Maximum Time Frame
1-64 Not Applicable
65-96 Alert
96+ *Not Eligible

*Health Profession programs are provided separate standard

What does SAP stand for?

 

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 3 – After an appeal is approved, the student is placed on probation for three (3) semesters & is eligible for financial aid as long as he/she earns at least a 2.25 GPA each semester of probation.

– Probation 1 – After an appeal is approved, the student is placed on probation for one (1) semester &  is still eligible for financial aid for one final semester.

– 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

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?