To maintain eligibility for Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs, students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards for grade point average, pace, and timeframe to degree. It is a student’s responsibility to become familiar with their college’s SAP Policy if they wish to receive Federal Student Aid (FSA). Failure to meet SAP places a student’s financial aid in jeopardy. The Financial Aid SAP policy also applies to students using the Nebraska Waiver of Tuition Program (NE R.S.S. 80-411).
STANDARD 1: Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
GPA requirement is based on the number of credit hours attempted and program.
|Associate Degree Program
|Certificate of Achievement or Career Certificate Program
|Credit hours attempted
|Minimum GPA required
|Credit hours attempted
|Minimum GPA required
|0 - 29.5
|0 - any
|30 - 79.5
Standard 2: Completion Ratio (completed/attempted hours = 67%)
Divide completed hours by attempted hours to determine your completion ratio, which must be 67% or greater. For financial aid purposes, grades of A, B, C, D, P, or R are considered completed hours. Grades of F, W, or I are considered unsuccessful and reduce completion ratio.
STANDARD 3: MAXIMUM timeframe (150% rule)
Students must be able to complete their program within the maximum attempted credit limit of 150% of the hours required for your program. Once it becomes mathematically impossible to complete within the maximum timeframe, SAP will be denied. Transfer credits and all attempted credit hours are included in the calculation of attempted hours.
Students denied financial aid for failure to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards are afforded the opportunity to appeal to a review committee by explaining how they arrived at the denial status and how they plan to make academic progress going forward.
HOW TO SUBMIT AN APPEAL
Complete the electronic appeal form in Financial Aid Self Service
- Explaining the circumstances contributing to your inability to maintain SAP
- Explaining how you have addressed these circumstances
- Explaining your program requirements.
REVIEW OF APPEALS
Students are notified of a decision by official USPS mail and in Financial Aid Self Service.
Reinstatement (approval) will apply to the next quarter of enrollment, up to one year from the date the appeal was approved.
When an appeal is denied or a student decides not to appeal, they will be responsible for paying educational charges on their MCC Account until they return to good standing.
FINANCIAL AID SATISFACTORY PROGRESS Statuses
Statuses are determined for all students at the end of each quarter of enrollment.
GOOD STANDING (GS)
Good standing status is given to students who meet all three Satisfactory Progress standards.
Students who do not meet SAP standards after their first quarter are placed warning and may still receive financial aid in the subsequent term. Their status may change back to good standing if they progress in SAP or move to denied if they continue to fail SAP standards.
Students who do not meet SAP at the end of a warning quarter, or those who are over the maximum timeframe are moved to denied status. Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs are denied. However, students are afforded the opportunity to appeal the denial.
Students with an approved appeal are placed on monitoring/probation status for the subsequent quarter. Students on probation must meet the requirements for continued financial aid eligibility; complete all attempted credits, achieve a minimum quarterly GPA of 2.0 or higher, and attempt no more than 150 percent of the credits required for their program of study. While on probation, students must follow the academic program approved in their appeal and cannot change their program of study until regaining good standing.
MAX TIME APPROVED (MAX)
Students with an approved max timeframe appeal are eligible for aid for the subsequent quarter. While on max time approved status, students must follow their academic program.
MAX TIME EXTENDED (MXE)
Students may remain in extended max timeframe monitoring until they complete their program so long as they continue to meet the terms of their approved appeal.
Treatment of Courses
Audit courses are ineligible for financial aid funding and do not count toward the number of attempted credits or the number of earned credits; however, they do count toward the maximum credit limit.
Students can only receive financial aid once for a repeated course if they have already received a grade of R, P, D or better in the course. Credits from repeated courses count as attempted and earned credits as well as count toward the maximum credit limit. In addition, grades for the first time the course is taken and all times the course is repeated count toward the Satisfactory Progress cumulative GPA.
COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP)
CLEP courses are ineligible for financial aid funding. The credits count as attempted and earned credits as well as toward the maximum credit limit but do not affect the Satisfactory Progress cumulative GPA.
Credits transferred to MCC from another institution count as attempted and earned credits as well as count toward the maximum credit limit but do not affect the Satisfactory Progress cumulative GPA.
ENGLISH-AS-A-SECOND-LANGUAGE (ESL) COURSES
Credits for ESL courses count as attempted and earned credits. Federal, state, and institutional financial aid can be received for a maximum of 100 attempted ESL credit hours. Students who lose financial aid eligibility because they exceed 100 attempted credit hours of ESL may regain aid eligibility when they start developmental classes or college-level classes.
Students admitted into financial aid eligible programs are eligible to receive federal aid for up to 45 developmental credits. Developmental credits count as attempted and earned credits as well as count toward the maximum credit limit. They also affect the Satisfactory Progress cumulative GPA.
DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES
High school students enrolled in MCC courses that will apply toward their high school graduation requirements and earn them credits at MCC are not eligible to receive federal aid. When dual enrollment students graduate from high school, enroll in financial aid eligible programs at MCC and apply for financial aid, credits for the MCC courses taken under a dual enrollment program count as attempted and completed credits as well as toward the maximum credit limit. These credits also affect the Satisfactory Progress cumulative GPA.