MCC Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy



To remain eligible for financial aid, students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. Satisfactory Academic Progress is the measure of a student's progress toward the completion of a course of study (degree/certificate) according to federal and state regulations, as well as standards set by Middlesex Community College (MCC).

Recipients of all financial aid programs, including student loans, are subject to these standards for renewal of their financial aid eligibility. Academic Progress is based on all terms of enrollment, whether or not financial aid was received.

  • Satisfactory academic progress evaluation is based on cumulative MCC coursework as appearing on the student's official academic transcript as well as all accepted transfer credits.
  • The review of academic progress will take place at the conclusion of each academic year for all students enrolled in degree programs. Students enrolled in certificate programs and non-standard term certificate students will be reviewed following each enrollment period or module.
  • Classes during the summer sessions following the academic year will be considered for review at the conclusion of the next academic year.
  • Enrollment in college courses does not mean you are meeting financial aid academic progress rules.

There are three standards of progress. A student must be maintaining all three standards to continue to receive financial aid:

1. Grade point average (GPA): Students must meet a minimum cumulative grade point average based on their total attempted credits, as follows.

1-12 attempted credits requires a minimum GPA of 1.7
13-24 attempted credits requires a minimum GPA of 1.8
Above 24 attempted credits requires a minimum GPA of 2.0

2. Completion Rate Percentage: All students must successfully complete at least 66.6% of their attempted credits, including transfer credits, as appearing on their official academic transcript. To be counted as successfully completed or earned credits, students must receive a grade of A, B, C or D or P (Pass).

Example: The total number of credits attempted is 48 credits. You must successfully complete at least 32 credits (48 credits X 66.6% = 32 credits)

3. Maximum Time Frame Requirement: Students must complete their educational program of study within a time frame no longer than 150% of the published length of the educational program, as measured by credits attempted and including transfer credits. For example, an associate's degree with a published program length of 64 credits must be completed within 96 attempted credits. A certificate program with a published program length of 27 credits must be completed within 40 attempted credits. Credits can be excluded from other programs/majors.

Students are notified by mail and through the colleges' web portal of their academic progress status.

The following are considered when evaluating a student's SAP:

ESL courses do not count in the maximum time frame calculation (unless they fulfill a Humanities requirement) but do count towards the GPA and annual completion rate percentage.

Remedial courses Students may receive financial aid for up to thirty (30) credits of remedial coursework.  The first 30 credits are excluded in determining maximum time frame.  However, remedial coursework are included in the quantitative (completion rate) calculation.

Repeated courses are counted in attempted credits and, if successfully completed, earned credits. A student is allowed to repeat a passed course only once and receive financial aid.

Withdrawals (W) and in completes (I or IP), or failures (F) are counted in the attempted hours but are not successfully completed or earned.

Transfer courses, including credits received during consortium study, and applicable to the program of study will not be counted in the calculation of the GPA but will be counted as attempted credits and earned credits. These credits will be used in calculating the maximum time frame as well as the semester credit completion rate but do not count in the calculation of the GPA.

Audited courses are not considered credits attempted or earned.

Program Changes: All attempted credits and earned credits (including transfer credits) that can be applied to the new program of study will be considered in calculating the maximum time frame requirements for the new program. Students who already have any Associate's degree or higher will not be eligible to receive financial aid for a Liberal Studies degree.

Warning Status: Students in certificate or nonstandard term programs who initially fail any one of the standards of academic progress, excluding maximum time frame, can be placed on Financial Aid Warning for one semester or payment period. Students remain eligible for financial aid while in this warning status, without filing an appeal letter. Students will be required to improve academically and meet the minimum standards of this federal policy at the end of the warning period. Failure to meet the minimum requirements of this policy will result in suspension of aid eligibility. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the academic resources available at MCC such as the Academic Support Center, Disability Support Service, and Student Success Office.

Last Modified: 9/20/13