Satisfactory Academic Progress

The Higher Educational Amendments of 1980 require Monroe County Community College (MCCC) to define and monitor Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for all students receiving Title IV student financial aid funding.

Students must make satisfactory progress toward completion of their certificates/degrees at MCCC to be eligible to receive aid from the following programs: Pell Grant, Direct Stafford loans, Direct PLUS loans, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal College Work Study, Michigan Competitive Scholarship Program, Michigan Tuition Incentive Program, and any MCCC scholarships, private scholarships or sponsored billings with grade point average (GPA) or SAP requirements.

What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?

Satisfactory academic progress is evaluated after each semester (Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer).  To be eligible for renewal of financial aid, students must meet the following academic standards:

  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 67% of their total attempted credit hours.
  • Students may not receive financial aid once they have attempted a total number of credit hours that exceeds 150% of the credits required to complete their certificate or degree.

*Please Note:  Determining Satisfactory Academic Progress for each student requesting financial assistance at MCCC is based on an academic transcript review of all previous enrollments at MCCC, including periods when financial aid was not requested or received.

GPA Requirement


Students must have a cumulative GPA sufficient to meet graduation requirements.  Students must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA in order to meet satisfactory academic progress for financial aid eligibility.

  • Courses that are dropped are not included in the GPA calculation.
  • Incomplete grades are not included in the GPA calculation.
  • Transfer credit hours are not included in the GPA calculation.

Completion Rate

Students must complete a minimum of 67% of the total credit hours they attempt.  The 67% completion rate maintains a pace of progress toward a degree or certificate so that students will be able to complete their programs within the maximum time frame allowed for receiving financial aid.

The pace of progression is calculated by dividing the student’s cumulative completed credit hours by the cumulative attempted credit hours.   Attempted credit hours are defined as any credits the student is enrolled in after the 100% tuition refund period.  Completed credit hours are those credit hours for which the student earned a grade of A, B, C, D, S, P, or H.  

  • Transfer credit hours accepted by MCCC count as both attempted and completed credit hours in this calculation. 
  • Credit hours for courses dropped after the 100% tuition refund period are counted as attempted but not completed in this calculation. 
  • Credit hours for courses in which a student receives an I (incomplete) grade are counted as attempted and but not completed in this calculation.

Maximum Timeframe

Students working toward an associate’s degree or eligible certificate cannot receive financial aid if they have attempted more than 150% of the credit hours published as being required for the completion of the program.  The maximum limit applies to all attempted credit and transfer hours, regardless of whether the student received financial aid to pay for the courses.  After a student has attempted credits beyond the 150% timeframe, the student is no longer eligible for federal financial aid at MCCC.

  • Transfer credit hours accepted by MCCC count as attempted credit hours in this calculation. 
  • Credit hours for courses dropped after the 100% tuition refund period are counted as attempted credit hours in this calculation. 
  • Credit hours for courses in which a student receives an I (incomplete) grade are counted as attempted credit hours in this calculation.

Other Considerations

Repeated courses will count toward determination of enrollment status and attempted credit hours.  Financial aid may be used to pay for repeated courses once for classes in which a student previously earned credit for and for courses that need to be repeated for which credit has not been earned. When repeating a course, the most recent grade earned is the “grade of record” for computing the grade point average.  Please see MCCC’s Repeating Course Policy for further details.

What is Financial Aid Warning?

Students who fail to make the satisfactory academic progress standards of the minimum GPA and/or the 67% completion rate in one semester will receive one subsequent term of financial aid while on Financial Aid Warning status.  The Financial Aid Warning status lasts for only one payment period. This status may only be assigned to students who were meeting SAP standards in the prior payment period. 

At the end of the Warning period, a student who still has not met the SAP standards will be ineligible for financial aid.  However, students who have faced extraordinary circumstances may appeal the denial of financial aid.  See the section How Do I Appeal for additional information about the satisfactory academic appeal process.

Note: Students who have attempted more than 150% of the credits required in the certificate/degree program do not receive a Financial Aid Warning period.  However, they may appeal the denial of financial aid.

What is Financial Aid Probation?

When a student who is not making satisfactory academic progress submits a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal to the Office of Financial Aid and that appeal is approved, the student is assigned a status of Financial Aid Probation.  Students who are on Financial Aid Probation are eligible to receive financial aid. 

As a condition of the Financial Aid Probation status, the student will be required to follow an academic plan in order to remain eligible for financial aid.  The academic plan is developed to ensure that the student is able to successfully complete his or her program of study at MCCC. While on Financial Aid Probation, the student’s progress will be monitored by the Office of Financial Aid at the end of each semester to confirm that the student has followed the academic plan.  As long as the student follows the academic plan, the student will remain eligible for financial aid.  Failing to follow the academic plan will result in the loss of financial aid eligibility for future semesters.

What is Financial Aid Denial (Loss)?

Students who are not making satisfactory academic progress at the end of the Financial Aid Warning period, students who have attempted more than 150% of the credits required to complete their certificate/degree, or students who were on Financial Aid Probation and did not follow the terms of their academic plan, will be assigned a status of Financial Aid Denial.  Students who are assigned the status of Financial Aid Denial are ineligible for financial aid, unless the student subsequently meets the required satisfactory academic progress standards, or submits an appeal that is approved by the Office of Financial Aid.

How Do I Appeal?


Students who have faced extraordinary circumstances may appeal the denial of financial aid.  Supporting documentation of the circumstances is required.  The student must explain in writing why he or she is not making satisfactory academic progress, as well as what has changed (including any actions the student has taken or will be taking) that will allow the student to once again meet the SAP requirements.

All appeals and supporting documents should be forwarded to:

Director of Financial Aid
Monroe County Community College
1555 South Raisinville Road
Monroe, MI 48161

Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form 2014-2015 – pdf file