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BC3 Financial Aid - Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

 

Financial Aid Offices are required to establish a policy to monitor degree progression and consistently apply it to all students. 

 

BC3 reviews SAP at the end of each semester. 

 

 

How is SAP Measured?

  1. Time Frame - You must earn all degree requirements within 150% of your program (or 96 credits).  You are no longer eligible for federal financial aid once you attempt 96 credits.
  2. Pace - you must earn 67% of the credits you attempt.
  3. GPA - you must maintain a minimum GPA as follows:

                       Freshman (0-29 credits)          1.80

                       Sophomore (30 +)                     2.00

 

Examples

 

What if I...?

Take a Prep/Developmental Class

All attempted prep/developmental credits will count toward Time Frame.  For Pace, they count toward attempted and earned.  For GPA, these classes do not count towards degree completion and therefore are not included in the GPA calculation.

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Repeat a Class

Financial Aid may be used to pay for a repeated class one time.  All attempted repeat credits will count toward Time Frame.  For Pace, all credits count toward attempted, but only the repeat credits counts as earned.  For GPA, your new grade will replace the old grade in the GPA calculation.

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Earn an F or I Grade

All F or I grades will count as attempted toward Time Frame.  For Pace, all credits count toward attempted, but F or I grades do not count as earned.  For GPA, F or I grades count as 0 points earned.

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Withdraw from a Class

All W grades will count as attempted toward Time Frame.  For Pace, all W grades count toward attempted, but W grades do not count as earned.  For GPA, W grades are not included in the calculation.

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Transfer in Credits

All transfer credits will count toward Time Frame. For Pace, transfer credits do not count in attempted, but DO count toward earned. For GPA, transfer credits are not included in the calculation; however they are used to determine freshman/sophomore status.

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Change My Program

A change of program does not "reset" your SAP.  If you change programs, BC3 will use all of your attempted and earned credits when calculating your Time Frame, Pace, and GPA.

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Paid on My Own

All periods of enrollment are considered when calculating SAP, regardless of whether or not you received prior federal financial aid for those credits.

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Other Consequences of Withdrawing

 

 

What If I Do Not Make SAP?

 

If you fail to make SAP, then you will be placed on Warning for your next semester.   

  • If you make SAP after your Warning semester, then you will remain eligible for aid.
  • If you fail to make SAP after your Warning semester, then you will be Terminated from federal financial aid.

 

 

What is Federal Financial Aid?

Federal Financial Aid includes Pell Grants, SEOG Grants, Direct Loans, and Work-Study.  Veteran's Benefits are also required to follow the same policy.

 

What if I Become Terminated?

If you become terminated, you may still be academically eligible to continue to take courses at BC3.  However, you must pay on your own until you meet PACE and GPA requirements. 

 

What if I have extenuating circumstances?

If there are extenuating circumstances for  you failure to make SAP, you may request a review of your financial aid status one time.  Extenuating circumstances includes health reasons, death of an immediate family member or undue hardship. 

 

If you have extenuating circumstances, contact the Financial Aid Office for instructions on how to appeal your status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Butler County Community College

107 College Drive

Butler PA  16003

email:  financialaid@bc3.edu

phone: 724.284.8509

fax:        724.287.4961

 

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