Maintain Your Eligibility

If you want to keep receiving financial aid make sure you maintain your eligibility.

Meet Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress

The U.S. Department of Education requires us to evaluate and monitor the Satisfactory Academic Progress of all students applying for Federal Student Aid. We are required to review all semesters and courses taken here at MCC and any credits that have been transferred in from other schools. This is regardless of whether federal student aid (financial aid) was received for those semesters or classes. 

Satisfactory Academic Progress is determined at the end of each semester a student is enrolled in.

There are three measurements of Satisfactory Academic Progress

  • Pace Measurement  

To meet SAP, students must be completing ⅔ or 66.67 % of all credits they’ve attempted at MCC and any credits they have transferred in.

  • GPA 

A minimum appropriate cumulative GPA is required. 

Total Credits Attempted Minimum GPA
less-than 16 credits 1.60
16 - 30.75  1.75
31 - 45.75 1.90
46 or more  2.00
  • Maximum Time Frame 

A student will reach Maximum Time Frame once they have attempted 150% the number of credits it takes to earn their degree.   If you reach your Maximum Time Frame for your program of study you will not be meeting SAP.

Appeal Process for Not Meeting Standards of SAP

If it has been determined that you have not met SAP, you can appeal to try to reinstate your eligibility.

  • For students not meeting SAP due to GPA and/or Paceyou will be required to submit a SAP Appeal. Please include a typed statement and supporting documents explaining the extenuating circumstances that caused you not to meet the Standards of SAP. 
  •  If you’ve reached your MTF you will need to meet with an Academic Advisor who will complete and sign your Academic Plan/Restricted Course List part of the MTF Appeal.  
  • Please follow the instructions on the SAP or MTF Appeal to prevent processing delays
  • All appeal forms must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office or Enrollment Services by the semester deadline dates printed on the cover sheet or the Financial Aid Important Dates 

Go to  Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for complete SAP information. 

Complete a FAFSA for Each Academic Year 

The FAFSA is specific to one academic year.  If you want to continue to receive financial aid make sure to complete a FAFSA for every school year. It's recommended that you complete a new FAFSA as early as possible.

Keep Your Student Loans In Good Standing

Keeping your student loan(s) in good standing is important if you want to continue to receive financial aid. If you have a student loan in default you will not be eligible to receive any type of federal student aid until your loan is in good standing.  

Continue to Meet Basic Eligibility Requirements 

It's important to continue to meet the eligibility requirements for federal student aid.   

Visit MCCCD Student Financial Assistance administrative regulations for more information.