Satisfactory Academic Progress

Each student enrolled in an eligible program and receiving financial aid is expected to make satisfactory academic progress toward completion requirements for the program. At the end of each semester, the student’s cumulative grade point average is computed. This measure of progress toward graduation is indicated on the student’s semester grade report and is reviewed by the college.

To be in satisfactory academic standing, a student must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average related to the number of credit hours attempted. When the student’s GPA is computed, all courses attempted at JCC are included in the total hours attempted except developmental/remedial (R, P), WD, W, I, NA, CR, AU, and Repeated course work (lower grade). **Courses with COVID-19 WE/IE grades are excluded from GPA as well.**

Although developmental/remedial courses are excluded from the attempted credit count, the student who has only taken developmental/remedial courses must maintain a 2.0 GPA to meet SAP for financial aid.  P (Passed for developmental courses only) is equivalent to a 4.0 grade point and R (re-enroll for developmental courses only) is equivalent to a 0.0 grade point.

In addition, to be in satisfactory academic standing, a student must pass at least 67% of the credit hours attempted each semester. At the end of each semester the student’s cumulative 67% is computed. All courses attempted are included in the 67% calculation except developmental/remedial (R, P) and courses with COVID-19 WE/IE grades.

This includes A, B, C, D, F, I, WF, WD, W, CR, AU, NA, Repeated courses, High School courses, and Transfer credits. Grades of F, I (Incomplete), WF, WD, W, or/and NA are considered as attempted and not passed.

Financial Aid students who have been on academic warning for one semester, and are not in satisfactory academic standing will be terminated from receiving financial aid.

The time frame for a student to complete their program of study cannot exceed 150% of the published length of the program.  Based on federal law, a student is ineligible (via the maximum timeframe element) when it becomes mathematically impossible for the student to complete their program of study within 150% of the length of the undergraduate program.

This 150% limit will be measured by all attempted credit hours. Transfer Credits are included in the 150% calculation; however, developmental/remedial courses are not included and courses with COVID-19 WE/IE grades are not included. There is no academic warning period for the 150% rule.

EXAMPLE: If a program has 60 credit hours, the student may only attempt 90 credit hours before becoming ineligible to receive Title IV funds.  The 150% remaining hours in your program of study must be equal to or more than the remaining hours needed to graduate in your program of study.

*For a JCC Satisfactory Progress Appeal Form
For SAP Appeal due dates, please visit Financial Aid News and Updates.