Students who receive financial aid must not only demonstrate financial need, but must also make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) as determined by Howard Community College in accordance with federal regulations.
Financial aid recipients are required to be in good academic standing in addition to maintaining satisfactory academic progress towards completion of their degree/certificate requirements each semester they enroll. SAP is evaluated at the end of every semester: fall, winter/spring, and summer. Federal regulations also require HCC to evaluate SAP based on the student's cumulative academic record, from the date of entry to the college. This includes all periods of the student's enrollment, even periods in which the student did not receive financial aid. Failure to maintain the SAP standards will result in the cancellation of all financial aid awards.
The financial aid SAP standard described below includes both qualitative and a quantitative measures, making it much more stringent than HCC's academic standards policy. As a result, it is possible for a financial aid recipient to be in violation of the financial aid SAP standard while remaining in good academic standing with the college. For information on the college's academic standing policy, please refer to HCC's Catalogue.