All Guttman Community College students who receive federal Title IV funding (Pell, SEOG, Federal Work Student, Direct Loans, etc.) must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) according to the CUNY SAP policy in order to receive continued eligibility for their financial aid.
Requirements for Federal Aid
In order for a student to receive Federal Financial Aid, he/she must meet all of the following requirements:
- Earn a minimum GPA based on attempted credits as follows: for 0.5-12 credits a minimum GPA of 1.5, for 13-24 credits a minimum GPA of 1.75 and over 24 credits at least a GPA of 2.0.
- Earn a certain number of credits based on the amount of credits you have attempted. For associate degree programs: accumulated credits must be equal to or greater than [(.875 x credits attempted) – 21]
- The attempted credits are no more than 150% of the credits normally required for the degree. For example: if the credits needed for the degree is 60, you can attempt no more than 90 credits. [Attempted credits are courses you registered for and did not drop before the last official withdrawal date.]
- Every student’s academic progress for the purpose of determining future Title IV eligibility is measured at the end of each academic year. The review must include all semesters with attendance including both sessions whether or not Title IV assistance was received. Students will be notified when they do not meet SAP requirements.
- Those students who fail the standards immediately become ineligible for federal aid. A student cannot automatically be placed on probation. They are suspended from receiving any additional aid.
- A student can regain eligibility either by attending classes without receiving federal aid until they meet the required standards OR they can be granted probation for one semester based on the approval of an official APPEAL.
- The “probation” period can only be granted for one semester at a time and only if that student can regain SAP eligibility after that one semester. This means that a student who is granted probation MUST HAVE an individual academic plan to help them regain their eligibility. This plan will be reviewed at the end of the semester.