Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements

Students receiving financial aid must:

  1. Be enrolled in an eligible program leading to the completion of an AA/AS/AAT/AST degree or approved certificate. They must have a declared academic program on file with Merced College and have and follow an educational plan leading to the completion of their academic goal.
  2. Complete their educational objective within an allowable timeframe.
  3. Must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 cumulatively.
  4. Must successfully complete at least 67% of all attempted units.

After each academic term, the Financial Aid Office reviews transcripts to determine if financial aid students are making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward their educational goals.   Students who fail to meet SAP standards are placed on financial aid disqualification status.

Appeal Process for the Reinstatement of Financial Aid

Students who have been denied financial aid may appeal to have their financial aid reinstated.  

  • Download an appeal form: Appeal (pdf).

    2017-2018 Appeal Deadlines 
    July 5, 2018 Deadline for all 2017-2018 Financial Aid Appeals
    2018-2019 Appeal Deadlines 
    November 15, 2018 Deadline for Fall 2018 Financial Aid Appeals
    April  18, 2019 Deadline for Spring 2019 Financial Aid Appeals
    July 2, 2019 Deadline for Summer 2019 Financial Aid Appeals

Your appeal along with all your documentation will go to the Appeals Committee, which will review all submitted information and make a decision. Students are notified by return mail.

It is the student’s responsibility to work toward removing himself or herself from disqualification status by improving his/her successful completion rate and maintaining an acceptable GPA.   A student’s financial aid will be reinstated when either the student submits an appeal and the appeal is approved or the student removes himself or herself from appeal status by making satisfactory academic progress.

More Information on Satisfactory Academic Progress

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