Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements
Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students must be making satisfactory academic progress towards completing an associate degree in order to remain eligible for federal financial aid (PELL, FSEOG, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loans and Federal Direct Loan). Students must meet all the following satisfactory academic progress requirements:
A student must achieve at least the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) required to meet the college’s retention standard.
Refer to the Minimum GPA Chart for more details.
Pace of Progress
A student must successfully earn a minimum number of credits based upon the number of attempted credits.
Refer to the Pace of Progress Chart for more details.
|.5 to 15||0%|
|16 to 20||10%|
|21 to 25||15%|
|26 to 30||20%|
|31 to 35||25%|
|36 to 40||35%|
|41 to 45||43%|
|46 to 50||46%|
|51 to 55||50%|
|56 to 60||54%|
|61 to 65||56%|
|66 to 70||58%|
|71 to 75||60%|
|76 to 80||62%|
|81 to 84||65%|
|85 to 90||67%|
Maximum Time Frame
A student may attempt no more than 150% of the credits required for completion of a degree.
Refer to the example on Maximum Time Frame.
New York State Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress towards completing an associate degree to remain eligible for New York State grants and scholarships.
Note: New York State requirements for satisfactory academic progress differ from those established for federal financial aid.
What are Payment Points?
For students who received their first NYS award in 2007 – 2010 or meet the NYS definition of remedial* students must meet the following Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements:
*A remedial student is defined as a student:
For students who received their first NYS award in 2010 – 2011 or do not meet the NYS definition of a remedial student must meet the following Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements:
Program Pursuit is determined each time a NYS award is received. After every TAP payment, a student must complete a minimum number of credits as follows:
Federal Title IV Financial Aid Appeal Process
Students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards completing an Associate Degree in order to remain eligible for Federal Financial Aid. The following is a list of all the SAP requirements:
Your college record shows you have failed to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. A student may appeal to the college Committee on Financial Aid Standing for a review of their eligibility for Title IV funds.
Reasons for Appeal
Appeals will be evaluated to determine if events are beyond a student's control. The following is a list of some unforeseen circumstances:
In addition, the student's academic history will be considered to determine if there is a reasonable expectation that the student can meet the standard.
Submitting an Appeal
In accordance with Federal Title IV regulations, students may appeal their eligibility for Title IV funds by submitting a written appeal with supporting documentation to the College Committee on Financial Aid Standing (CCFAS). A student appeal must include:
If you meet the stated guidelines for appeal, complete the Federal Title IV Financial Aid Eligibility Appeal Form and return the form with supporting documents to the Financial Aid Office
If you choose to remain enrolled without the receipt of Title IV Federal student assistance, you may request a review of your academic record at the end of that term to determine whether the appropriate standards for the degree program in which you are enrolled have been met.
New York State TAP Waiver Process
Bronx Community College, in accordance with New York State Education Department guidelines, permits students to request a waiver in the academic progress or program pursuit requirements for the continued eligibility for payment of a New York State award.
Students who fail to meet New York State standards for academic progress and pursuit may apply for a waiver in “exceptional or extraordinary cases”. A student may only receive one NYS waiver in their undergraduate career and up to two C-GPA (applicable ONLY to students who are seeking a 5th or 6th NYS payment and meet all academic progress and pursuit requirements except the 2.0 GPA requirement) waivers at Bronx Community College.