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Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

The U.S. Department of Education requires all students that receive financial aid must make progress toward their program of study. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the measure of a student’s overall progress. Northern Essex Community College has created the following standards to comply with the federal regulations. Students who fail to meet these standards may not receive financial aid, including loans.

A student’s entire academic history will be reviewed for the purposes of determining SAP, including credits not paid for by financial aid. For all degree and certificate students, progress will be reviewed after the fall and spring semesters.

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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal for summer is now available. Deadlines are as follow:

Session I, II, and ESL – *May 1st*

Session III – June 6th


*Due to timing, if a student was enrolled for Spring 2014, final grades will not be available in time to determine a student’s SAP status prior to the start of Session I, II or ESL session. Appeals will only be accepted before May 1st for students that were not enrolled for Spring 2014 or students that were suspended prior to the Spring 2014 semester. Students that are newly suspended at the end of Spring 2014 must wait until Session III to attended in the summer to be eligible to appeal.