Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College Financial Aid Office

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) & Appeals

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

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:

Pace

Complete at least 67% of the units you attempt.

GPA

Maintain a cumulative institutional GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Maximum Timeframe

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.


Appeals

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.

How to Appeal

To be considered for an appeal, you must:

  • Have an extenuating circumstance which affected your ability to maintain SAP.
  • Have submitted a 2018-19 FAFSA or Dream Act application.
  • Review and follow the 2018-19 Appeal for Financial Aid Reinstatement Instructions.
  • Attend a Financial Aid Appeal Workshop. Contact the Office of Financial Aid to register for a workshop.
  • You must wait at least 48 hours after attending the Financial Aid Appeal workshop to submit your forms electronically.

*Appeals not meeting the “extenuating circumstances” category will not be accepted. Submission of an appeal does NOT GUARANTEE the reinstatement of your financial aid. You should be prepared to pay for your books and other school related expenses pending the outcome of your appeal.

APPEAL SUBMISSION AND DEADLINE DATES

  • FALL 2018: July 25, 2018 - September 27, 2018
  • SPRING 2019: November 26, 2018 - February 28, 2019
  • SUMMER 2019: April 29, 2019 - June 27, 2019

Support Services at BC

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.