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Standards of Academic Progress

Financial Aid Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress at MDC

Federal regulations require the College to establish and apply reasonable standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for the purpose of the receipt of financial assistance under the programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act.  The programs subject to this rule include, but are not limited to: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Stafford Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized), Federal PLUS (Parent) loans, TEACH Grant, and some state and institutional aid. Failure to meet the requirements listed below will result in the suspension of financial-aid eligibility.

Frequency of Monitoring

Financial Aid Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress are reviewed annually at the end of the spring term. If you are admitted to an academic plan that is one year or shorter in length, your progress will be evaluated at the end of every term.  If you are admitted to any clock-hour/vocational academic plan, you will also be evaluated at the end of every term. 

Academic Plan

Your academic plan is important in determining your eligibility for financial aid and the calculation of Satisfactory Academic Progress.  The academic plan that you are enrolled in during the spring term of every year will be used to calculate your academic progress. If you are a new student who begins classes after the start of the spring term, your current academic plan will be used to calculate your academic progress.

How do you keep your financial aid?

  • Maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.
    (see chart below for minimum requirements)
  • Complete 2/3 of all classes attempted.
  • • Complete your degree or certificate within the maximum timeframe, which is 150% of the credit units required for the academic plan (for example, an associate degree that requires 60 credit units must be completed within 90 attempted credit units).
  • Read and understand MDC's Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
Required Minimum GPA

Eligibility Status: Eligible

Credit Units Attempted

Required Cumulative GPA

7 - 29.9

1.5 or greater

30 - 44.9

1.8 or greater

45 or more

2.0 or greater


Eligibility Status: Ineligible

Credit Units Attempted

Required Cumulative GPA

7 - 29.9

Less than 1.5

30 - 44.9

Less than 1.8

45 or more

Less than 2.0


Required Minimum 2/3 Completion Rate Formula

Attempted Credit Units Multiplied by 2/3 = Minimum credit units required to be completed

Example: 15 credit units x 2/3 = 10 credit units required

Completion Rate and GPA calculation

For GPA purposes, the cumulative GPA is calculated using the following grades: A, B, C, D, F and U. Grades of I, S, P, NR and W do not affect your cumulative GPA.

For completion-rate purposes, all attempted credit units are used in the calculation.   However, the grades of F, U, W, I and NR will not count as a successfully completed credit unit.

Any changes to your academic history may affect your completion rate and GPA calculation.

Transfer Credit Units

All enrollment periods are considered when calculating academic progress, including periods in which you did not receive federal financial assistance. Transfer credit units that are accepted toward your academic plan will also be considered in the calculation of your academic progress.

Summer Awards and Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) Review

Enrollment for the summer semester begins before spring grades are available to review; therefore, you will be awarded financial aid prior to your Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) evaluation at the end of the spring term.  However, all summer awards are tentative and subject to the official SAP evaluation at the end of the spring term. If you do not meet SAP requirements, your summer awards will be cancelled.  

Developmental Units

A maximum of 30 developmental Units may be paid by financial aid. If your placement scores indicate the need for developmental education courses and you decline the option of taking developmental education, this decision may affect your academic progress and is not considered a basis for appealing for reinstatement of financial aid.  Therefore, if you do not pass your chosen college-level courses successfully, it will impact your academic progress at the College and may prevent you from receiving future financial aid awards.

Changing Academic Plan

Multiple changes to your academic plan will negatively impact your academic progress. These changes will result in the accumulation of units that exceed the maximum timeframe permitted for completion of your academic plan.

Academic Amnesty

The College's Academic Amnesty Policy does not apply to the calculation of your Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid purposes.

Reinstatement of Financial Aid

  • If you have lost financial aid eligibility due to not meeting the minimum completion rate and/or GPA, you may regain eligibility after enrolling and paying for classes that will allow you to meet the minimum standards. You must meet the minimum GPA required and/or the minimum 2/3 completion rate by the end of the next annual evaluation period (after the end of the spring term).
  • If you have lost financial aid eligibility due to exceeding the maximum timeframe, you may regain eligibility if admitted to a plan that is longer in length than your original academic plan. For example, if you were in an Associate in Arts program and are then admitted into a Bachelor's program of study, this would increase your maximum timeframe available. It is important to note that this determination will be made based upon your academic plan at the end of the spring term.
  • If you have lost financial aid eligibility and have extenuating circumstances you may submit an appeal for possible reinstatement of aid.


To petition the reinstatement of Federal Financial Aid, please submit the following:

  • Standards of Academic Progress Appeal form, which is available at:
  • Statement indicating reasons for failure to meet the financial aid Standards of Academic Progress and what has changed in your situation that will allow you to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress at the next evaluation period
  • Degree Audit
  • Degree Audit Update Form
  • Supporting Documentation
  • My Academic Plan (MAP)

Please note that financial-aid reinstatement will not be retroactive or apply to prior terms. All appeals must be submitted before the end of the term requested.  For example, you may not submit an appeal for the fall term after the fall term has completed.  

View a step-by-step guide on completing your Standards of Academic Progress Appeal

The Campus Financial Aid Review Committee will review your appeal documentation to determine if you have met the conditions for reinstatement.

If your eligibility for federal financial aid is approved for reinstatement by the Campus Review Committee, you will be placed on a one-term probationary period. Your progress will be reviewed at the end of the probationary period and at the next official evaluation period.

If your appeal is approved, you must follow your My Academic Plan (MAP).  Failure to follow your MAP for each semester may result in the loss of financial aid for future terms.  If you are unable to follow your MAP, you must contact the Financial Aid Office and the Advisement and Career Services Office.

You are responsible for all costs of attendance that were incurred during the period of your financial aid suspension.

The Appeals Committee’s decision is final unless you submit additional supporting documentation.

"I understand that failure to follow My Academic Plan (MAP) may result in the loss of my financial aid. I understand that in order to receive financial aid, I must take the exact courses that appear on my MAP each semester. "

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