Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards (SAP)

Federal and New Jersey State financial aid is to help students pay for their college expenses. To receive grants, loans, scholarships, and work study, students must meet minimum SAP standards while completing their Associate Degree or Certificate programs at Bergen Community College. SAP Measures a student’s performance at the end of each semester in the following areas:


Quantitative Component (Pace)

Students must meet minimum completion rate (number of credits attempted verses number of credits earned) standards.
All withdrawals (official or unofficial) from classes will affect their rate.


    Quantitative Measure Table
    Credits Attempted Minimum GPA

    1-11

    No Minimum

    12-23

    50%

    24-35

    60%

    36-47

    65%

    48 or more

    67%

Qualitative Component (GPA)

Students must meet minimum GPA standards. All grades (including “E”, “W”, F”, & “N”) will affect their rate.

Qualitative Measure Table
Credits Attempted Minimum GPA
1-11
No Minimum
12-23 1.70
24-34 1.80
35-47 2.00
 48 or more
 2.0

Max Time Frame

Students are only allowed to use the required number of credits to complete their Associate Degree or Certificate programs (150%).

 Maximum Time Frame Table

 Credits Attempted

 Time Frame

 1-80

 No Minimum

 80-96

 Alert

 96+

 *Not Eligible

*Health professions programs are provided separate standard


Definitions of SAP Statuses
  • Satisfactory – Student is meeting minimum standards & is eligible for financial aid
  • Warning – Student is beginning to fall below minimum standards & is given an alert for time to improve, but is still eligible for financial aid
  • *Unsatisfactory – Student has fallen below minimum standards & is not eligible for financial aid
  • *Unsatisfactory Maximum Time Frame – Student is close to or has exceeded the maximum time for their program of study & is not eligible for financial aid
  • Probation – After an appeal is approved, the student is placed on probation & will be monitored closely every semester, but is still eligible for financial aid
  • Continuous Probation – Student was in prior probation & continues to be monitored every semester, but is still eligible for financial aid
  • Failed Probation – Student was in prior probation & received unacceptable grades (“W”, “E”, “F”, “N”, etc.) & is not eligible for financial aid or to appeal
  • Denied – After an appeal is not approved, the student is denied, & is not eligible for financial aid
  • Max Time Denied – The student has exceeded their maximum eligibility at Bergen C.C. & is not eligible for financial aid