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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:


Complete at least 67% of the units you attempt.


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.


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:

*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.


  • SUMMER 2019: April 29, 2019 - June 27, 2019
  • FALL 2019: July 15, 2019 - Sep. 30, 2019
  • SPRING 2020: Nov. 25, 2019 - March 2, 2020
  • SUMMER 2020: April 27, 2020 - June 29, 2020

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.

Kern Community College District