OFFICE OF STUDENT FINANCIAL AID
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY
(CFR 668.16)(e) and 668.34)
STANDARDS OF SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS
(P1, P2, P7, P9 STANDARD FOR MINIMUM GRADE POINT AVERAGE :
To continue to be eligible to receive federal financial aid, a student must maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) based on the number of attempted credit hours. Attempted credit hours are the credit hours that a student is enrolled after the drop-add period ends plus any transfer credits hours. Baltimore City Community College’s Standards of Academic Progress Policy requires students to have earned the minimum Grade Point Average as required by the college’s Academic Standing Policy. The Academic Standing Policy can be found in the college catalog or on the college’s website at: www.bccc.edu. Standard for Academic Progress is evaluated at the end of each spring semester for all students.
As per federal regulations students are required to have a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) after their second year of enrollment or after attempting 48 credits hours at BCCC.
Each student is required to successfully pass a certain percentage of all credit hours attempted, which includes transfer hours. Attempted hours include grades of A, B, C, D, F, I, W, IP, U, WX, and repeat courses, regardless of the year taken. The grade of "FX" will not be counted as an attempted credit hour or in the maximum timeframe.
The following tables list the number of credit hours a student is required to successfully pass and the required G.P.A. needed to maintain their financial aid eligibility.
(P1 & P2) PASS RATE FOR DEGREE PROGRAMS
Required Pass Rate
41 or more
(P7 & P8) PASS RATE FOR CERTIFICATE AND NON DEGREE PROGRAMS
Required Pass Rate
41 or more
(P3) STANDARD FOR MAXIMUM TIME FRAME FOR ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAMS:
Students enrolled in associate degree programs may receive financial aid for attempting up to 150% of the total credits required for their major. Example: An Associate Degree in Nursing requires 70 credits hours. Students accepted and enrolled in this program of study may receive financial aid for attempting 105 credit hours (150% x 70 = 105 credits).
(P4) STANDARD FOR DEVELOPMENTAL COURSE (CFR 668.20):
Students who are required to enroll in developmental or remedial coursework, and English as a Second Language (ELI), may receive financial aid to attempt up to 30 credits in developmental course work (per federal guidelines). However, to ensure that students do not exceed the 30 credits limit, the financial aid system will suspend the student’s financial aid eligibility after the student has attempted 25 credit hours in developmental studies coursework. If the student needs to take an additional course in developmental studies, the financial aid staff will determine whether the additional course(s) will cause the student to exceed 30 credit hours. If the additional course(s) does not cause the student to exceed the 30 credit hour limit, the student will be allowed to enroll in the course.
Students, who have taken a Developmental Studies class twice, and not pass the course after the second attempt, will have their financial aid eligibility determined on a case by case basis. In addition, students must maintain a ‘C’ average in all of the Developmental Studies courses and have a pass rate that is consistent with the required pass rate.
(P9) STANDARD FOR MAXIMUM TIME FRAME FOR CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS:
Students enrolled in certificate programs may receive financial aid for attempting up to 150% of the total credits required for their major.
Example: a certificate program in Practical Nursing requires 45 credit hours to complete the program. Students accepted and enrolled in this program of study may receive financial aid for attempting 67 credit hours (150% x 45 = 67 credits