To be eligible to receive federal and state aid, you must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward a degree, certificate or transfer. Maintaining SAP requires three elements:
Complete at least 67% of the units you attempt.
Maintain a cumulative institutional GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Complete your educational program within 150% of the standard timeframe for the program.
Failure to meet the PACE and/or GPA standard for two consecutive terms in a row will result in the suspension of your financial aid. Students who have reached the 150% Maximum Timeframe will automatically be suspended regardless of GPA or PACE. Review the details of the SAP policy and definition of terms.
If you have been suspended from receiving financial aid, either for exceeding the maximum timeframe or for failing to meet the GPA or completion rate standards, you are entitled to go through the appeal process for financial aid reinstatement. Federal law allows schools to approve appeals if extenuating circumstances* affected a student’s ability to maintain SAP.
To be considered for an appeal, you must:
If you find yourself struggling to make SAP, Bakersfield College offers a variety of academic, counseling, and other support services that can help you get back on track. Learn more at the links below.