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Financial Aid Policies

According to Federal and State regulation students receiving financial aid must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). The financial aid office at Bladen Community College monitors a student’s academic progress as a condition of eligibility when the student applies for financial aid and at the end of each enrollment period (semester). These requirements are applied to a student’s entire academic history at BCC including transfer hours from other schools and including periods when financial aid was not received. A student is considered to be making satisfactory academic progress when the following three requirements are satisfied.

1. Qualitative Standard (Cumulative Grade Point Average)
A student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

2. Quantitative Standard (Completion Rate)
A student must pass at least 67% of credit hours attempted.

3. Maximum Time Frame
A student must successfully complete the program of study within its time frame. Federal regulations specify that the time frame may not exceed 150% of the published length of the program. For example, if they degree requires 64 credit hours to graduate, they are eligible to receive financial assistance until they have attempted 96 credit hours. Additional time needed to complete the degree beyond the maximum stipulated must be entirely at the student•s expense. Once a student exceeds the time frame for their program of study, they are no longer eligible to receive financial aid. However, the student can appeal to the Director of Financial Aid to have their eligibility extended if there are extenuating circumstances. Course withdrawals, incompletes and course failures count as hours attempted. Repeated courses and transfer credit hours received from another college will be counted in hours attempted. All remedial classes are counted towards maximum time
frame (150%).