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Bluegrass Community and Technical College Helps Students Navigate New SAP Requirements

LEXINGTON, Ky. (January 12, 2012) Bluegrass Community and Technical College students who receive financial aid have new guidelines to meet due to recent changes to the Federal Satisfactory Academic Policy (SAP).

While there have always been academic guidelines set in order for students to receive federal and state financial aid, the new guidelines will help identify at-risk students earlier than before.

SAP is not new. Students have always been held responsible for academic performance, Director of Financial Aid, Runan Pendergrast said. However, students are now being held to a higher level of accountability.

Under the new regulations, BCTC students will have one semester on an academic warning period instead of the previous two. Also, students must be on pace to progress toward graduation by 150% of credit requirement. For example, a student enrolled in a 60-hour associate degree program cannot receive financial aid beyond their 90th credit hour attempted. And lastly, students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 67% of their classes each semester to remain eligible.

BCTC students are informed of SAP during orientation and it is included in the financial aid award acknowledgement. The acknowledgement notice is sent when the student has been awarded financial aid. The notice is sent via e-mail to continuing students and by postal mail to new students.

E-mails and voicemails were sent to all students whose record indicated they would not be eligible for financial aid in the fall semester to inform them of the new guidelines and offer information about the appeal process. The BCTC appeal date was also extended to allow more students to file.

We are in the business of student success, Pendergrast said. We offer many tools and programs such as tutoring and advising to help students succeed.

Additional information can be found online at http://kctcs.edu/Students/costs_and_Financial_Aid/.