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Satisfactory Academic Progress

Maricopa Community Colleges 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. Students will be evaluated using the standards described below. Failure to meet any of these minimum standards will result in loss of title IV, HEA program (federal financial aid) eligibility.

To learn the basics about SAP, watch this video:

An extenuating circumstance is situation beyond your control which prevented you from successfully completing your course(s). Extenuating circumstances can include, but are not limited to:

  • Documented medical condition or serious illness which limited your ability to perform life tasks (such as attending class)
  • A family member having a severe illness which required your presence for a significant amount of time
  • Death of an immediate family member which impacted you significantly enough to affect class attendance or participation
  • Involuntary call to active military duty
  • Documented involuntary change in conditions of employment that prevented you from attending classes
  • Other extraordinary/emergency circumstances, such as natural disaster
  • Errors in judgment involving transportation, availability of finances, academic ability, time management etc.
  • Misinterpretation or lack of knowledge of college policies and procedures
  • Financial Aid not processed, could not afford books, not prepared for class
  • Dissatisfaction with course content or instruction
  • Lack of attendance in course(s)
  • Acceptance of employment or other activity impacting ability to attend class
  • Incarceration
  • Immaturity and bad judgment
  • If you previously had an appeal approved and did not meet the terms of the appeal