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Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements

You are making satisfactory progress if you:

  • Establish and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher after attempting 12 credits (Fresh Start is not recognized in the financial aid GPA calculation).
  • Successfully complete at least 67% of the credits attempted (credit hours used to calculate financial aid). Successful completion does not include grades of I, W, U, N (audit), and any numerical grades of less than 2.0.
  • Do not exceed the maximum credit hour limit of 93 credits attempted towards an associate's degree. The 93 credit maximum applies to all coursework attempted (classes financed by you, other aid sources, and transfer credits that apply toward your Mott program of study.)

Federal regulations require

a student to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to maintain eligibility for the following financial aid programs:

All Federal Programs

  • Pell
  • Direct Loans
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • Work Study

All State Programs

  • Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)
  • Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS)

Mott Community College requires

satisfactory progress for:

All Institutional Scholarships

  • Trustee Scholarship
  • Divisional Scholarships
  • Internal Foundation Scholarships

SAP Determination

SAP is calculated on the entire academic record, including transfer credit and semesters where aid is not used.  SAP will be calculated once a year after Winter term grades are posted to determine eligibility for the next academic year.

Fresh Start is not observed for Federal Financial Aid purposes.

Financial Aid Termination

Violations of the SAP standards will result in the termination of your financial aid. Students who violate the SAP policy will be notified of their violation and the right to appeal.

Appeal Process

The appeal process gives the student the opportunity to explain in writing the reason why they were not able to meet SAP standards. Students appealing their SAP status must submit an SAP Appeal form, Degree Review Form, typed statement from student and supporting documents. The Writing Center is available to help students draft a quality appeal. Incomplete appeals will be denied. Deadlines for appeals can be found on the Student Financial Services Important Dates page.  

Lack of awareness of withdrawal policies, lack of knowledge of requirements for satisfactory academic progress, or unpreparedness for college coursework will not be accepted as reasons for the purpose of an appeal. The following circumstances are not considered extenuating and beyond the student’s control, but based on personal choices:

  • Incarceration resulting from a guilty verdict
  • Voluntary pause, lapse, or termination of employment
  • Voluntary overtime
  • Young and irresponsible>

Appeals will be reviewed and determinations will be emailed to student’s MCC email. Students appealing their financial aid status must be prepared to pay for all tuition and fees with personal funds while awaiting a determination.

If your appeal is approved:

  • You will be notified by email of approval and also by letter of approved classes and terms and conditions of appeal approval.
  • Financial aid will be awarded based on student’s financial aid eligibility. (There are many steps in the Financial Aid process. You are responsible for ensuring that each step is completed, your aid is awarded, and your classes are secured.)
  • Your financial aid will be adjusted to cover only the approved classes on your Degree Review Form.
  • Financial aid for future semesters will only be processed once current semester grades have been posted and Student Financial Services is able to confirm that you are registered for ONLY approved courses.
  • You are expected to maintain a minimum of 2.0 GPA in every class enrolled.
  • Withdrawal, Incomplete, NS and U from a class is considered unsuccessful completion and violates the terms of your SAP appeal approval.
  • The financial aid office can only disburse loans for semesters that you are enrolled in at least 6 approved credits. We are unable to make exceptions to your approved list of classes for reasons of maintaining loan eligibility.
  • Approval of this appeal does not override Federal limits on loans or Pell awarded over your lifetime.

Students who fail to meet the criteria listed above will have violated their SAP contract and will not be eligible to receive future financial aid. You also violate your SAP contract if you register for a class outside the list of approved courses and are not prepared to pay for them out of pocket. Violation of your SAP contract makes you ineligible for future financial aid.

If your appeal is denied:

  • Student will be ineligible to receive aid until they reestablish eligibility by raising overall GPA above a 2.0 and completion rate above 67% by the next SAP review.
  • Based on the type of violation students who have violated SAP standards by exceeding the number of credits (93) allowed will not be able to reestablish eligibility.
  • Students may continue attending by funding their education themselves through personal funds or private educational loans.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy PDF document
September 27, 2016
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