Meeting SAP Standards

Federal financial aid regulations require all students to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards in order to receive federal financial aid as well as many State and Mott Community College (MCC) assistance programs. The intent of this policy is to ensure that students are making measurable progress toward the completion of a degree in a reasonable period of time.

Failure to meet SAP standards will result in the cancellation of all aid programs requiring SAP until the student is meeting SAP on his or her own or has successfully appealed for reinstatement based on extenuating circumstances (see "SAP Appeal Process").

SAP calculations are based on a student's entire academic record, including transfer credits that count toward their MCC program of study, remedial coursework, enrollment periods for which the student did not receive aid, and enrollment periods for which the student did receive aid. Credits excluded in "Fresh Start" are included in SAP calculations.

SAP is calculated based on three measures:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Pace (also known as "Completion Rate")
  • Maximum Timeframe