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Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress

The purpose of financial aid is to help students successfully complete their degree or certificate programs in a timely manner. To receive aid, students are required to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements while completing their degree or certificate programs.

Financial aid programs affected by Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) are:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • Federal Work-Study Program (FWS)
  • Federal Direct Loan Program (Subsidized & Unsubsidized)
  • Federal PLUS (Parents)
  • BCC Institutional Scholarships *refer to the BCC Foundation for more information
  • New Jersey State Assistance Programs Tuition Aid Grant [TAG]
  • New jersey State Distinguished & Urban Scholarships
  • New Jersey State Educational Opportunity Fund [EOF]
  • NJ CLASS Loans  

SAP Status

The academic progress of all students is measured on an end of term basis (including summer):


Financial aid recipients who fail to meet SAP requirements will be notified via BCC E-Mail that their academic goals are at risk and be placed on Financial Aid ‘Warning’ for the upcoming term.


Failure to meet SAP requirements at the end of the warning term will result in a suspension of the student’s financial aid and be placed on a Financial Aid ‘Unsatisfactory’ for the upcoming term. Funding will be immediately removed for the term(s) in question. Students placed on ‘Unsatisfactory’ under BCC’s current Financial Aid SAP policy will be notified via BCC E-Mail. Students whose aid is withdrawn due to being ‘Unsatisfactory’ may complete an SAP Appeal to be reviewed by committee:

  • If the appeal is approved, the student will be placed on ‘Probation’ and all financial aid award(s) the student is eligible for will be reinstated at that time for the term the appeal was approved. Grades will be monitored at the end of the ‘Probation’ period to determine whether SAP Requirements have been met. Students on probation MUST have a 2.0 or better Term GPA at the end of the probation term to be considered making SAP. If all requirements are met, the student will be asked to submit a Long-Range Academic Plan for the term in question. Long-Range Academic Plans have been designed for students whom after being on Financial Aid Probation and it is mathematically impossible to make satisfactory academic progress at the end of the ‘probation’ period. The student academic performance continues to be monitored at the end of every term (period) attended
  • If the appeal is denied, the student will remain on ‘Suspension’ and will be responsible for full tuition and fees for the current term and will not be allowed to appeal for upcoming terms until the student demonstrate progress and maintained minimum GPA standards

Max Timeframe

SAP also measures students “Pace” towards graduation. Students must complete their academic program of study within 150% of the published length of the program. Note: Students who do not complete their Certificate or Associate Degree requirements within the maximum time frame stated above will lose eligibility for Federal and State aid. However, under special circumstances, students who have exceeded max time frame may be allowed to appeal their last semester prior to graduation only one (1) time:

  • Students enrolled in an Associate Degree program are allowed a maximum of 96 college-level credits attempted to complete their program
  • Students enrolled in an eligible Certificate program are allowed a maximum of 43 college-level credits attempted to complete their program

Remedial Coursework

Students who are required to take remedial coursework are allowed an additional 30 remedial credits (maximum) for a total number attempted to complete their certificate or academic program. For the complete Bergen Community College’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, please click the link below:


Satisfactory Academic Progress