Federal regulations require a student to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to maintain eligibility for the following financial aid programs:
- Direct Loans
- Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
- Work Study
- Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)
- Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS)
Mott Community College requires satisfactory progress for:
- Trustee Scholarship
- Divisional Scholarships
- Internal Foundation Scholarships
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.
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.
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 by a committee 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.