Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
Grade Point Average (GPA): Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA on all hours attempted at Union County College.
Completion Rate: Students must complete 67% of all hours attempted at Union County College.
Maximum Time Frame: Students receiving financial aid must complete their program of study within a reasonable time frame. The maximum time frame to complete a program is 150% of the published length of the academic program or certificate (including all transfer credit hours).
Example: Associate of Science Degree in Liberal Studies = 60 hours x 150%= 90 hours. This means that a student may receive financial aid for a maximum of 90 attempted hours.
Consequences of not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Financial Aid Warning: The first time that a student fails to meet the SAP standards of a cumulative 2.0 GPA and 67% completion rate, he or she will be placed on financial aid warning status and be notified of their status. The student will remain eligible for financial aid for one semester while on warning. If a student fails to meet the SAP standards of a cumulative 2.0 GPA and 67% completion rate after being placed on financial aid warning status, then he or she will no longer be eligible for financial aid.
Exceeds Maximum Time Frame: If a student fails to meet the Maximum Time Frame standard, the he or she will no longer be eligible for financial aid.
Failure to meet one or more of the established financial aid standards of satisfactory academic progress will make a student ineligible for financial aid. Those students will be responsible for payment of their own tuition and fees.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal
Financial Aid Probation – When a student submits an appeal and their appeal is approved based on the described extenuating circumstances, then the student is placed on probation for one term and can receive financial aid for that term. It is possible that a student could be placed on probation more than once in his or her academic career, if there are successful appeals submitted and evaluated by the Financial Aid Office.At the end of the term on probation, the student must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements or must be meeting the requirements of the academic plan. Students who are placed on probation must:
• Achieve at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average for the term of probation; and
• Successfully complete ALL courses attempted.