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Student Handbook - Section E: Academic Success

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirement

It is very important that students make progress toward completing their degrees in a timely fashion. Work with your advisor to make sure you are taking the correct coursework and meeting prerequisites so that you will graduate successfully in the shortest period of time possible. This will save money, reduce student loan debt, and help you move forward in your career and educational goals.

You should be aware of the college's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policies. In most cases Academic and Financial Aid policies are the same. All students will be evaluated under the requirements below.

Federal and state law requires that a recipient of financial aid make satisfactory academic progress towards a degree, diploma or certificate to remain eligible for financial aid. These laws also require that the standards used must be based on cumulative measure and must include all periods of a student's enrollment, regardless of whether the student received financial aid. Standards are based on these three considerations:

GPA Requirement

To meet satisfactory academic standards, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. Grades of A,B,C,D and F shall be included in the GPA calculation.

Completion Percentage Requirement

To meet satisfactory academic standards, students must complete 67% of all credits attempted. (See How Credits Are Reviewed in Determining SAP  for more information about what types of college courses are included when determining whether this criteria is met.)

Maximum Time Frame Requirement

Financial aid will fund up to 150% of the maximum credits needed for attainment of your chosen degree or certificate (including transfer credits). For example, if the program is 60 credits in length, a student would be eligible to receive financial aid for up to 90 attempted credits (60 x 1.5 = 90). A student may still register and attend MSC Southeast after they have reached or exceeded 150% without receiving Financial Aid.

Note: If at any point it is determined that a student will not be able to finish the required courses to graduate from their program within the 150% time-frame, financial aid eligibility will be suspended immediately. A letter will be sent if you are nearing the maximum time frame limit. If suspension is the result of unusual circumstances, the student may appeal the decision.

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