Federal regulations require Blinn College to implement Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policies to ensure that students receiving federal student aid are making adequate progress toward completing their degree programs. Satisfactory Academic Progress will be monitored for all periods of enrollment whether or not you have received financial aid. The satisfactory academic progress policy applies to all Federal, State and institutional aid, including Federal and State loan programs. Private loans that require school certification may also be subject to SAP policies.
Blinn's financial aid SAP policies are similar, but not identical, to the College's Academic Standing policies. Students should review both sets of policies and ask for clarification as needed. Questions about financial aid SAP policies should be directed to the Financial Aid Office; questions about the College's Academic Standing policies should be directed to the Registrar’s office.
Measurements of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Blinn measures your academic performance based on three standards: grade point average (GPA), pace and maximum time. See below for a detailed description.
|Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards|
CUMULATIVE Pace of Completion
Total Attempted Hours
Special Note: Hours earned in repeated courses count only once in calculating GPA and the highest grade is used. An “F” will only be replaced by a passing grade. A “W” or “Q” will not replace an “F” or higher. An “F” will replace a “W” or “Q.”. Incomplete (I) and “QF” are treated as an “F.”
Pace of Completion: Students must successfully complete 67% their overall attempted hours to stay on pace to complete their degree. The following formula is used to determine a student’s Pace:
(# of credits earned at Blinn + Transfer hours accepted by Blinn)
(# of credits attempted at Blinn + Transfer hours accepted by Blinn)
Attempted credits include:
Evaluation of Satisfactory Academic Progress
Blinn College calculates SAP annually at the end of the spring semester. Reviews will occur once grades are published in the College’s system. If the student meets all three of the conditions listed above, they remain eligible to receive federal student aid funds until the next evaluation period.
Financial Aid Suspension
If a student fails to meet the minimum SAP standards, they will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension and will not be eligible to receive financial aid. Students may appeal their financial aid suspension by submitting a SAP appeal. Students who have been academically suspended but who are subsequently given permission to re-enroll are not automatically eligible to continue to participate in federal, state, or institutional aid programs. Admissions decisions are separate from funding decisions.
Students with an Associate’s Degree and/or Bachelor’s Degree:
Students who have earned an Associate’s Degree and/or Bachelor’s Degree and continue enrollment at Blinn College are not making satisfactory academic progress and will be placed on financial aid suspension. A suspended student may submit a SAP appeal to the Financial Aid Office. Students must be degree seeking at Blinn College and have their chosen major and degree already declared prior to submitting their Appeal.
First-time freshman students:
First-time freshman students are meeting the satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirements as long as they have:
Notification of SAP standing
Students are notified through the myBlinn portal of their SAP status. Students who are not meeting the SAP standards are told what aspect of their academic history caused them not to meet SAP standards. E-mails are sent to the student’s Blinn Bucc e-mail account.
Students may appeal their financial aid suspension by submitting a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal. The appeal may not be based upon your need for the assistance OR your lack of knowledge that your assistance was in jeopardy. An appeal would normally be based upon some unusual situation, condition or other mitigating circumstances which prevented you from passing courses, or which necessitated that you withdraw from classes. Examples of possible situations include documented serious illness, severe injury, or death of a family member.
Appeal Approval Conditions
Appeals are reviewed on a case by case basis. Each student’s prior academic history, letter, and 3rd party documentation are reviewed. Students who are denied may submit a Review of Denied Appeal by contacting the Financial Aid Office. A Review of Denied Appeal can only be submitted if an additional situation arose or additional documentation was unavailable when the first appeal was submitted.
If a student’s appeal is approved they are placed on tougher academic standards and will be expected to maintain those stricter standards until they are meeting SAP, graduate, or no longer attend Blinn. If a student fails to meet the conditions of their appeal their aid will be denied for the remainder of the academic year (Fall/Spring/Summer). Students who are denied will not be able to appeal again until the beginning of the new academic year (Fall).
Financial Aid Appeals Committee Decisions
Students whose appeals are approved will receive aid on a conditional basis. Students will be placed on a strict semester-by-semester contract (academic plan) with the Financial Aid Office. Failure to meet any section of the contract will jeopardize future Financial Aid eligibility.
If the student does not have grounds to appeal, or the appeal is denied, the student may submit additional documentation or request a Review of Denied Appeal. The decision on the Review of Denied Appeal is final and cannot be appealed. Students awaiting a decision on their financial aid appeal are responsible for paying their tuition fees by the payment deadline to avoid being dropped from classes or to avoid late fees.
Regaining Eligibility for Financial Aid
To regain financial aid eligibility after Financial Aid Suspension, or denial of a SAP appeal, a student must meet all of the following: