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Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal Regulations mandate KCTCS modify its Satisfactory Academic Policy to hold students to a higher level of accountability. At the end of the academic term all students will be reevaluated to determine if they meet the Federal requirements for Title IV Financial Aid that went into effect July 1, 2011. SAP regulatory guidelines include:

  • Limiting students to only one consecutive probationary period
  • Students must be on pace to progress toward graduation by a 150% of credit requirement
  • Students must be enrolled in a program other than Undecided or Pending after attempting 30 credit hours.

Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 67% of their classes to remain eligible for financial aid. Students, who fail to maintain this standard for more than one consecutive term exclusively or in combination, will no longer be eligible for Federal or state aid.

Students must be evaluated to determine if they are able to graduate from their stated degree by attempting no more than 150% of the hours required to obtain the degree. This is referred to as Maximum Time Frame (MTF). For example, a student enrolled in a 60 credit hour associate degree program cannot receive financial aid beyond their 90 credit hour attempted.

Students must be enrolled in a declared major or accepted in an eligible program other than pending or undecided to receive aid beyond their 30 credit hour attempted. Students enrolled in a pending program must be evaluated to determine if they are eligible to be accepted in the desired program within a reasonable period. A reasonable period is a term that allows a student to be accepted and graduate prior to a student becoming ineligible for financial aid because he/she exceeds maximum time frame.

Students who are not meeting SAP standards will be responsible for payment to BCTC Student Billing by the billing due date. Students who are not meeting SAP standards are not eligible to charge books at the BCTC Bookstore or Yourbookstore.com under the Financial Aid Book Charge process.

Appeal Process

If you believe that you had extenuating circumstances that prohibited you from meeting SAP standards, you may appeal to the SAP Appeals Committee. You can find the link to begin the appeal process in your Student Self Service Center.

  • Keep in mind that you must provide our office with supporting documentation of your extenuating circumstances (e.g., medical records, obituary, etc.) or provide reasoning why you are unable to provide that documentation.
    The decision of the SAP Appeals Committee is final.

To review the SAP Appeal due dates and SAP Appeals Committee meetings please visit our Important Dates page.

Do you still have questions? If so, refer to the SAP FAQs.