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You must make satisfactory academic progress in your program of study to continue receiving federal financial aid at BMCC.
There are 3 parts to the college's federal satisfactory academic progress standard:
Annual Evaluation for Satisfactory Progress
Your total academic record will be measured against each of the three progress components at the end of every spring term to determine whether or not you meet the standard of progress. All courses that appear on your permanent academic record and all courses accepted for transfer count towards the pace of progression and maximum time-frame requirement even if you received no federal financial aid for those courses.
Financial Aid Suspension
If, at the point of evaluation, you have not met one or more of the three progress standards, you will be placed on financial aid suspension and lose your eligibility to receive federal financial aid. Federal financial aid includes Federal Pell Grant, SEOG, Work-Study and Direct Loan assistance. You will remain ineligible for federal student aid until you take actions that once again bring you into compliance with the appropriate progress standard.
Your Right to Appeal
If you have been placed on financial aid suspension, you may appeal to the Committee on Academic Standing to be allowed to receive federal student aid once again.
Your appeal must be based on excusable circumstances resulting from events in your life such as personal illness or injury, illness or death of a family member, loss of employment, or changes in your academic program. Your appeal must include an explanation of how these circumstances caused you to fail to make satisfactory progress and what changes have you made that would allow you to meet the appropriate progress standard in a future evaluation. Your appeal should include independent third-party documentation of the circumstances you describe in your explanation.
Your appeal must also include a reasonable and attainable academic plan that, if followed, will ensure that you will complete your academic program or make substantial progress towards completing your program in the semesters that you wish to receive aid for.
If you decide to appeal, you may download and print the Title IV Appeal Form with instructions. You may also obtain the form in the Financial Aid Office, the Registrar's Office, or the Counseling Center.
Financial Aid Probation
If your appeal is granted, you will be placed on financial aid probation and have your federal student aid eligibility reinstated for one semester. At the end of the probationary semester, your record will be reviewed to determine if you have fulfilled the requirements specified in your academic plan.
If you meet the conditions of your academic plan while on financial aid probation, you will continue to receive federal student aid on a monitored semester-by-semester basis until the next scheduled progress evaluation.
If you fail to meet the conditions of your academic plan in any probationary semester, your eligibility for federal financial aid will be once again suspended. Appeals to restore your financial aid probation are allowed, but, as in the original appeal, you would have to indicate the reasons why you did not meet satisfactory progress requirements, the reasons why the objectives of your academic plan were not achieved, and what has changed to ensure you will be able to meet the progress standard at the next evaluation.
There is no limit on the number of times you may follow the financial aid appeals procedure. If your appeal is denied, the Committee on Academic Standing may permit you to re-submit the appeal with additional documentation. You may continue to submit appeals each time you are found not to be making satisfactory progress, but approval of your appeal is at the discretion of the Committee on Academic Standing.
Other than having eligibility restored through filing a successful appeal, you may only have your financial aid suspension removed by taking actions that bring you into compliance with the appropriate progress standard. The mere passage of time, by itself, will not restore your aid eligibility.
If you remain enrolled without receiving federal financial aid, you may request a review of your academic record after any term you were on financial aid suspension to determine whether you have met the standard of satisfactory progress. If the standard is met, you will regain eligibility for federal aid in the subsequent terms of the academic year.
Defining "Credits Attempted" and "Credits Earned" [for Measurement of Pace of Progression and Maximum Timeframe]
Your credits attempted reflect the semester course loads maintained in your permanent enrollment record at the college. Credits earned are those credits you have actually earned toward your degree.
In measuring your academic progress, certain courses and situations will be treated in the following ways:
Treatment of Non-Standard Situations