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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

You have the right to appeal if you are not making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). To do so, please complete an SAP Appeal Form, a Degree Review Form, a typed statement that explains your extenuating circumstance, copies of documents that support your appeal, and submit to the Financial Aid Office.

Your statement must clearly identify 1) why you did not make satisfactory academic progress; and, 2) the actions you will take (or have taken) to help you meet the standards of satisfactory academic progress. Staff in the Writing Center in Room 2031 of the Curtice-Mott Complex are available to help you draft a quality appeal.

The following extenuating circumstances will be considered for approval:

  • Death of a relative
  • Injury, illness, or other health related issue
  • Withdrawal due to military service
  • Other special circumstance

Please remember to attach supporting documentation for your extenuating circumstances to your appeal statement.

Appeals will be reviewed and determinations will be emailed to your MCC email address. During the appeal process, you 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 and a letter of approval will be sent to your address ! on file. The letter will include a list of approved classes, along with the terms and conditions of the appeal approval.
  • Financial aid will be awarded based on your 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 Financial Aid Office 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.
  • Grades of W, I, ND, N and U are considered unsuccessful completion and will violate the terms of your SAP appeal approval.
  • The Financial Aid Office can only disburse loans for semesters for which you are enrolled in at least 6 approved credits.
  • Approval of this appeal does not override Federal limits on loans or Pell lifetime award limits.

If you fail to meet the criteria listed above, you will have violated your 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:

  • You will be ineligible to receive aid until you reestablish eligibility by raising your overall GPA above a 2.0 and completion rate above 67% by the next SAP review.
  • If you have violated SAP standards by exceeding the maximum timeframe, you will not be able to reestablish eligibility.
  • You may continue attending by paying for your education through personal funds or priva te educational loans.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy PDF document
April 14, 2017
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