Satisfactory Academic Progress
In accordance with Federal and State regulations, all students receiving federal and state financial aid are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to remain eligible to receive financial aid. Failure to meet the SAP standards described below will result in loss of federal and state financial aid with the exception of the California College Promise Grant. For information on the academic and progress standards for the California College Promise Grant, visit the State Aid Programs page.
What Does SAP Stand For?
All Mt. SAC students are encouraged to utilize the numerous academic resources available in order to meet SAP Standards. To learn more about the different tutoring services on campus, which includes tutoring in various subjects in the evenings and on weekends, please visit the Mt. SAC Tutoring Centers webpage.
A student’s SAP status will be evaluated at the conclusion of the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Students who are not meeting the SAP Standards described above will be placed under a Warning or Suspended status, dependent on whether they were previously in a Satisfactory or Warning status. An explanation of each SAP status is provided below.
SAP Appeal Process
Under certain conditions, a student may be eligible to appeal for reinstatement of aid without meeting SAP Standards. At Mt. SAC, appeals are offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters, during a specified period of time (see SAP Appeal Form form for specific deadlines). Students who are disqualified will receive notification of their option to appeal via their Mt. SAC portal; and will include the time period that appeals will be accepted during a given semester.
Such reasons a student may be eligible to appeal may include but are not limited to:
All appeal decisions from the Board of Appeals are FINAL.
SAP Appeal Required Items
Students who have passed a course, and who have decided to repeat the previously passed course, will only be eligible to receive financial aid for one subsequent attempt. Both attempts, even if aid was not received, will count in the student’s SAP calculation.
Coursework transferred from other institutions will be counted when determining whether the student meets all required SAP Standards. Students who believe that prior coursework is not applicable toward their current Mt. SAC academic program may contest the units through the SAP Appeal Process.
American Language Courses (formerly known as ESL)
Financial aid may be received for basic skills (remedial) courses if these courses are a prerequisite for entrance into a regular college program. Aid cannot be received for more than 30 attempted units of remedial coursework. American Language (AMLA) coursework must be part of an eligible program of study to receive financial aid. AMLA coursework is not an approved program in itself. A student enrolled in AMLA classes, who is not in an eligible program of study, is not eligible for financial aid funds. AMLA and basic skills coursework will count toward the 2.0 GPA and 67% of units completion requirements but will not count towards the maximum time frame limit.