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Satisfactory Academic Progress - Maintaining your eligibility

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), of which Estrella Mountain Community College is a part, has a Satisfactory Academic Progress policy. This policy affects any student that has or will apply for financial aid.

Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for Financial Aid Eligibility

Federal regulations (CFR 668.32(f) and 668.34) require a student to move toward the completion of a degree or certificate within an eligible program when receiving financial aid. Specific requirements for academic progress for financial aid recipients are applied differently than Scholastic Standards. Federal regulations state that Academic Progress Standards must include a review of all periods of enrollment, regardless of whether or not aid was received. The student must meet the following minimum standards in order to receive financial aid.

SAP Warning Period

Students are allowed a warning period upon falling below the Qualitative and/or Quantitative SAP standards:

  • Qualitative: Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative Grade Point Average in order to meet SAP GPA requirements.
  • Quantitative: Students must successfully complete 2/3 (66.67%) of all attempted course work.  For clock hour programs, please refer to program attendance requirements.

The warning period allows one (1) payment period (semester) of Federal Student Aid eligibility upon failing SAP. The warning period will follow the semester for which SAP was not met, meaning the next semester for which the student registers for classes. In order to receive the Warning period, students must be meeting Maximum Timeframe requirements.

Please see the MCCCD Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for additional information.

SAP appeal/petition forms are available on our Financial Aid Forms page.