Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards (SAP)

Standards of Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress is required for all students receiving federal, state, or institutional aid. These standards, as adopted by the College, conform to federal and state regulations.  Poor grades, failures and withdrawal from courses (both officially & unofficially) can adversely affect eligibility for financial aid assistance.

Bergen Community College’s SAP Policy applies to all students receiving financial aid assistance and includes ALL terms regardless of financial aid being received or student paid for classes from his/her means. The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards Policy is different than BCC’s Standards of Academic Performance Policy.

Effective 2014-2015 SAP status will be monitored annually for all students except for those who are on probation or have completed a “long range academic plan”. Students who are not meeting satisfactory academic progress will be monitored each term and it will include enrollment history of all terms previously attended.

Specifically, financial aid recipients must meet both a "qualitative" (GPA) and a "quantitative" (pace) standard to maintain eligibility for financial aid.

For all AA, AS, AAS Degrees

Students enrolled in a Financial Aid eligible Associate Degree Program must meet the following Qualitative and Quantitative standards:

  1. Qualitative:

    This measure is set by the college and is referred to as Academic Standing.
    This means that students must maintain good academic standing, based on maintaining a certain cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all credits attempted.

  2. Qualitative Measure Table
    Credit Hours Attempted Minimum GPA
    1-11 Credits No Minimum
    12-23 Credits 1.70
    24-35 Credits 1.80
    36-47 Credits 1.90
    48 or more credits 2.00
  3. Quantitative:

    Students must successfully earn minimal numbers of college level credits for each term of attendance at Bergen Community College.
    Measurement is conducted at the close of each semester (including summer terms) and it is referred as “pace”.
    The quantitative component measures the rate of progress toward the degree, based on how many credits were successfully completed out of all credits attempted.
    Students at BCC are required to have attempted a minimum of 67% of all credits attempted after 48 credits attempted.

Quantitative “Pace” Measure Table
Credit Hours Attempted Minimum Percentage
1-11 Credits No Minimum
12-23 Credits 50%
24-35 Credits 60%
36-47 Credits 65%
48 or more credits 67%

For all Certificate Programs

1. Qualitative:

Students enrolled in a Financial Aid eligible Certificate Program must meet the following Qualitative standards:

Qualitative Measure Table
Credit Hours Attempted Minimum GPA
1-11 Credits No Minimum
12-23 Credits 1.70
24-34 Credits 1.80
35 or higher 2.00

2. Quantitative:
Students enrolled in a Financial Aid eligible Certificate Program must meet the following Qualitative standards:
Quantitative “Pace” Measure Table
Credit Hours Attempted Minimum Percentage
1-11 Credits No Minimum
12-23 Credits 50%
24-34 Credits 50%
35 or higher 67%

Students at BCC are required to have completed a minimum of 67% of all credits attempted after 29 credits attempted.

Max Timeframe:

Students must complete their academic program of study within 150% of the published length of the program (measured in credit hours).

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 time.

Max Timeframe for all AA, AS, AAS Degrees:

Students enrolled in a Financial Aid eligible Associate Degree Program are allowed a maximum time frame of 96 college level credits attempted to complete their program.
Under Financial Aid rules, students are allowed to change their academic program only twice.

Max Timeframe for all for all Certificate Programs: 

Students enrolled in a Financial Aid eligible Certificate Program are allowed a maximum timeframe of 43 college level credits attempted to complete their program.

Remedial Coursework

For students who are required to take remedial coursework, a maximum of 30 remedial credits are allowed in addition for a total number attempted to complete their certificate or academic program.