Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

The COCC Financial Aid office is required to establish and maintain a policy to monitor your progression toward your degree. COCC will review each student's progress at the end of each term to determine what stage of progress they are in. Below are the stages and a quick summary of each stage. Click here to read the full Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

  • Good Standing
    You are meeting or exceeding the SAP cumulative minimum standards of 2.0 GPA and 66.67% completion rate and are eligible for financial aid.
  • Warning
    If you do not meet the cumulative minimums of 2.0 GPA and 66.67% completion rate, then a SAP warning will be issued.  At the end of the next term you attend at COCC, your cumulative completion rate and GPA is calculated again. If your cumulative GPA or completion rate does not meet the SAP standards, then your financial aid is suspended.
  • Suspension
    You did not meet the SAP completion rate and GPA standards and are no longer eligible for financial aid programs. This includes, but is not limited to, federal, state, and institutional awards (loans, work-study, grants, and scholarships). You may appeal your suspension through the appeal process if you have extenuating circumstances as to why you did not meet SAP standards. If the appeal is approved, you will be placed on probation. If the appeal is denied, you remain ineligible for financial aid until SAP standards are met.
  • Probation
    If your appeal is approved, you must meet your probation conditions each term at COCC. If during the probation period, you do not meet the conditions, you will be ineligible for financial aid.
  • Ineligible
    You did not meet your probation conditions or your appeal has been denied. You are not eligible for aid until the SAP standards are met.
  • Max Credit

    Aid eligibility is limited to 150 percent of a student’s program credit length (approximately 135 credits for two-year degree and 75 for one-year certificate) even if a certificate/degree is not earned. As soon as it is clear that a student cannot graduate within this period, he/she becomes ineligible for aid. Change of major or program may not be sufficient reason to extend the credit limit. Students pursuing more than one program at COCC will need to submit an appeal and documentation of its necessity if the maximum limit is reached. You may appeal our maximum credit limit through the appeal process if you have reached your credit limit.