Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
To be eligible for federal student financial aid, students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. Federal legislation governing all federal student financial aid programs requires that a student make satisfactory academic progress toward a certificate, degree or transfer program leading to a bachelors degree. To comply with this regulation, the following standards of satisfactory academic progress have been established. All recipients of all financial aid programs, including state funded programs, are subject to these standards for renewal of their financial aid eligibility. Some MCC institutional programs have additional or more stringent renewal criteria. Permission to enroll does not equal financial aid satisfactory academic progress.
Satisfactory academic progress evaluation is based on cumulative MCC course work as appearing on the students official academic transcript and will occur at the end of each enrolled semester. Any classes taken during any summer session (within the same summer) are viewed as one enrolled term. Only credit courses are considered for satisfactory academic progress evaluation.
The minimum standards of satisfactory academic progress are evaluated by the following criteria:
Grade Point Average (GPA): Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average based on the total attempted credits to remain in good standing.
Number of attempted credits
13 - 24
Minimum Grade Point Average
Completion Rate Percentage: All students must successfully complete 66% of their attempted 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. Withdrawals (W), in completes (I or IP), or failures (F) are counted in the attempted hours but are not successfully completed or earned credits. Any in completes (I or IP) that are not completed by the end of the following term will be coded as a failure (F). All failures (F) are included in the computation of the cumulative GPA.
Maximum Time Frame Requirement: The student must complete his or her 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 associates 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.
Audited and pass/fail courses do not earn credits and therefore do not count toward the GPA or completion rate.
Consortium credits are treated as transfer credits and will be counted as attempted credits, and if successfully completed, earned credits. These credits will be used in calculating the maximum time frame.
ESL courses are not considered remedial courses. Students may receive financial aid for these courses if the ESL coursework is part of a larger eligible program of study. These courses do not count in the maximum time frame calculation but do count towards the GPA and completion rate percentage.
Remedial courses do count towards the GPA and completion rate percentage. In accordance with federal regulations, a student may receive financial aid for no more than 30 credits of remedial courses. Up to 30 credits will be excluded from the maximum time frame requirement.
Repeated courses are counted in attempted credits and, if successfully completed, earned credits. The highest grade will be counted toward the earned credits and all other times the same course has been taken will be counted in attempted credits.
Transfer courses will be counted as attempted credits and earned credits. These credits will be used in calculating the maximum time frame.
Withdrawals (W) and incomplete (I or IP) are counted in the attempted credits but are not successfully completed or earned credits.
Disabilities: Students who arrive at MCC aware of learning or other disabilities should immediately contact the Disability Support Services so that appropriate accommodations can be made. A student with a documented disability and functional limitations is still held to the same academic expectations as other students. If the student is registered with our Disability Support Services and receiving appropriate accommodations, the student should be able to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid eligibility purposes.
Lowell Connections: Students enrolled in the Lowell Connections program who take courses at UMass-Lowell while enrolled at MCC will have the UMass-Lowell courses calculated in the same manner as transfer courses.
NECCUM Courses: Courses taken through any of the NECCUM members will be calculated in the same manner as transfer courses.
Program Changes: All attempted credits, and if successfully completed, earned credits that can be applied to the new program will be considered in calculating the maximum time frame requirements for the new program. Students who already have any Associates Degree will not be eligible to receive financial aid for a Liberal Studies degree.
Program Course Requirements: Students who have completed all required course work for their certificate or degree program will not be eligible for financial aid for any additional courses.
Returning Students: Students who previously attended MCC and are new financial aid applicants will be held to the same Satisfactory Academic Progress standards listed above.