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
Grade Point Average: Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (equivalent to C average) on a 4.0 scale.
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 75% 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:
Maximum Timeframe: In addition to the above GPA and Pace requirements, all students must complete their programs of study by attempting no more than 150% of the hours normally required for completion. For example, an associate’s degree from Blinn is normally completed with 64 credit hours; financial aid eligibility will be suspended once a student has attempted 96 credit hours or more. All attempted credits are counted toward the maximum timeframe.
Consideration of eligibility includes all terms of enrollment, whether or not a student received financial aid during those terms.
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.
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 via e-mail if they are not meeting SAP standards and have been placed on Financial Aid Suspension. E-mails are sent to the student’s Blinn Bucc e-mail account. Students can view their SAP standing at any time in their myBlinn online 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 can only be approved if the Financial Aid Appeals Committee determines:
that the student will be able to meet minimum SAP standards after the next semester; or
that the student has agreed to follow a strict academic plan, that if followed, will ensure that the student can meet minimum SAP standards by a specific point in time.
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 to the appeals committee, or request an additional review by the Director of Financial Aid. The Director’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.
Students awaiting a response from the Financial Aid Appeals Committee, or the Director of Financial Aid 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:
Complete at least 75% of the attempted cumulative hours;
Not exceed the maximum time frame;
Achieve the required 2.0 cumulative GPA.