Student Services

Satisfactory Academic Progress Help

Academic Suspension

If you have received an academic warning or are on academic probation, and you do not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards (cumulative 2.0 GPA and 67% completion rate) at the end of fall semester 2014, you will be placed on academic suspension. Here is a helpful guide for you if you have been placed on academic or financial aid suspension. Please also refer to College Policy 4.13.

If you would like to submit an appeal, please be sure you update your contact information (home address, email and phone number) in eServices. The results of the appeal will be sent to your MCTC Email Account.

If you believe you will not meet the academic standards by the end of the spring semester 2015, you are encouraged to submit a suspension appeal form as soon as possible if you’d like to attend summer session or fall semester 2015. Here is a helpful guide for your use in writing a successful appeal statement.

Financial Aid Suspension

Financial aid suspension is the result of not maintaining a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 and/or not completing at least 67% of your coursework and/or the probability of not being able to reach those standards by the time you reach 150% of your program (maximum time frame). If you have not applied for financial aid or do not intend to, you should not experience any negative consequence from this type of suspension. Regardless of your financial need, we encourage you to meet with a counselor or advisor for assistance in planning your academic goals. Here is a helpful guide for you if you have been placed on academic or financial aid suspension. Please also refer to College Policy 4.13.

Although you are ineligible to receive financial aid, you may continue to register for classes provided you continue to meet the other academic requirements. You will be responsible for payment of your tuition and fees for future semesters. 

If you believe, after careful consideration, that extraordinary circumstances (i.e. personal illness or unusual personal circumstances) have affected your progress toward completion of your course work, you may appeal your suspension. If you have transfer coursework that is not applicable to your current program, you may also appealHere is a helpful guide for your use in writing a successful appeal statement.

If you would like to submit an appeal, please be sure to update your contact information (home address, email, and phone number) in eServices. The results of the appeal will be sent to your MCTC email account.  You are encouraged to submit a suspension appeal form as soon as possible if you’d like to be considered for financial aid for summer session or fall semester 2015. Here is a helpful guide for your use in writing a successful appeal statement.

Maximum Time Frame Suspension

All students are expected to complete their degree/certificate within an acceptable period of time. Financial aid recipients may receive aid only until they have reached the cumulative registered credit equal to 150% of the credit length of their degree/certificate. The 150% Maximum Time Frame includes credits accepted in transfer from other colleges. If you are notified of a Maximum Time Frame Suspension – you may not need to take any action if you do not plan to use financial aid to pay for classes at MCTC.

If you are notified of a Maximum Time Frame Suspension, please access eServices to review your record. Federal regulations specify that the maximum time period for program completion may not exceed 150 percent of the published program length. Please review College Policy 4.13.

Although you are ineligible to receive financial aid, you may continue to register for classes provided you continue to meet the other academic requirements. You will be responsible for payment of your tuition and fees for future semesters. 

If you believe, after careful consideration, that extraordinary circumstances (i.e. personal illness or unusual personal circumstances) have affected your progress toward completion of your course work, you may appeal your suspension. If you have transfer coursework that is not applicable to your current program, you may also appeal

If you would like to submit an appeal, please be sure to update your contact information (home address, email, and phone number) in eServices. The results of the appeal will be sent to your MCTC email account.  You are encouraged to submit a suspension appeal form as soon as possible if you’d like to be considered for financial aid for summer session or fall semester 2015. Here is a helpful guide to help you with your maximum time frame appeal.

Appeal Deadlines

Summer 2015 Deadlines

The deadlines to submit an appeal for summer session 2015 are as follows:

  • Friday, March 27, 2015: Deadline for summer session 2015 suspension appeals
    **This deadline applies to students suspended at the end of fall semester 2014 or prior**
  • Friday, April, 17, 2015: Final deadline for all petitions to denied summer session 2015 suspension appeals
    **This deadline applies to students suspended at the end of fall semester 2014 or prior**
  • Friday, May 29, 2015: Deadline for summer session 2015 suspension appeals
    **This deadline applies only to students who are suspended at the end of spring semester 2015; all others must submit appeals by the Friday, March 27, 2015 deadline.
NO APPEAL or PETITION WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR SUMMER 2015 AFTER Friday, May 29, 2015 for students suspended at the end of spring 2015. Students suspended prior to spring 2015 MUST submit appeals by Friday, March 27, 2015.

 APPEALS or PETITIONS SUBMITTED AFTER Friday, May 29, 2015 will be reviewed for fall semester 2015.

Fall 2015 Deadlines

The deadlines to submit an appeal for fall semester 2015 are as follows:

  • Friday, June 26, 2015: Deadline for fall semester 2015 suspension appeals
    **This deadline applies to students suspended at the end of spring semester 2015 or prior**
  • Friday, August 14, 2015: Deadline for fall semester 2015 suspension appeals
    **This deadline applies only to students who are suspended at the end of summer session 2015; all others must submit appeals by the Monday, June 26, 2015 deadline.
NO APPEAL or PETITION WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR FALL 2015 AFTER Friday, August 14, 2015 for students suspended at the end of summer 2015. Students suspended prior to summer 2015 MUST submit appeals by Friday, June 26, 2015.

  APPEALS or PETITIONS SUBMITTED AFTER Friday, August 14, 2015 will be reviewed for spring semester 2016.

Petition Process

If you are not satisfied with your appeal decision, you have the right to petition to the dean of students. Petitions are due 7 business days after determination e-mail is sent. Late petitions will not be reviewed for the appealing semester and will only be considered for future terms. Please note that the petition process is limited to the following criteria:

  • Your appeal was denied and you would like it to be reconsidered based on additional information not included in your original appeal.

If you intend to petition your appeal decision, submit a suspension appeal petition form.

  • Summer session 2015 petition deadline for any student suspended fall semester 2014 or before: Friday, April 17, 2015
  • Summer session 2015 petition deadline for any student suspended at the end of spring semester 2015: Friday, May 29, 2015
  • Fall semester 2015 petition deadline for any student suspended spring semester 2015 or before: Monday, July 20, 2015
  • Fall semester petition deadline for any student suspended at the end of summer session 2015: Friday, August 14, 2015

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy Summary

Minimum standards

The standards below are cumulative (include all periods of enrollment). The standards are applied once you have registered for your first credit.

  1. Your Grade Point Average or GPA must be at least 2.00. The GPA calculation includes grades of A, B, C, D and F. The word "cumulative" refers to total credits for all periods of enrollment at the College. You can calculate your Grade Point Average on a GPA calculator, or determine how to raise your GPA here.
  2. Your completion rate must be at least 67%. The completion rate calculation divides all earned credits (those with grades of A, B, C, D and P) by all registered credits. If you withdraw from a class, it will affect your Completion Rate. Talk to your advisor before withdrawing from a course.
  3. If you receive financial aid, you must also complete your degree/certificate within 150% of the published length of the program (called Maximum Timeframe). This means if you are pursuing a 60 credit 2-yr degree, you may receive financial aid for no more than 90 credits (60 x 150% = 90).

Effective Beginning Fall 2011

Read College Policy 4.13. As a student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, it is important for you to know that you must meet new federally-required Satisfactory Academic Progress standards to take college classes and to remain eligible for financial aid.

Important: As a student, you bear primary responsibility for your own academic progress and for seeking assistance when experiencing academic difficulty. By achieving the standards, you will stay on a direct path to graduate from MCTC or transfer to complete a bachelor's degree.

Academic Warning

Academic progress is evaluated after each term. If you do not meet the minimum standards, you are placed on a warning status for one term only. During the warning term, you must raise your cumulative GPA and cumulative completion rate to meet or exceed the minimum standards. If you do not, you will be suspended. You will also be suspended from financial aid eligibility if you exceed the Maximum Time Frame. Refer to the full policy for more information about warning and suspension.

Academic Suspension Appeals

If you are suspended, you may appeal for reinstatement based on extenuating circumstances.

If your appeal is approved, you will be placed on probation.

If you have new information or disagree with the outcome of your appeal, you may submit a petition or second appeal for a future term. It is highly recommended that you meet with an advisor or counselor to discuss your academic suspension and assist in developing an academic plan. A second appeal will only be considered for a future term.

Academic Probation

All approved appeals and probationary terms require that you abide by an academic plan that will help you return to good standing. The academic plan includes term standards of 2.5 GPA and 100% percent of completion, which are higher than the institution's cumulative standards.

At the end of your probationary term, if you meet the cumulative standards you will be removed from probation. If you do not meet the cumulative standards, but you meet the conditions of the conditional approval of your suspension, you will remain on probation. If you do not meet the cumulative standards and you also do not meet the conditions of the conditional approval of your suspension, you will be re-suspended.

Reinstatement

If you are suspended from the College, the only way to reinstate your eligibility to register and receive financial aid is through an approved appeal. Your suspension status does not go away merely by being absent from the College for a period of time or by paying your tuition out of your own pocket.

Student Services and Resources

Academic and Financial Aid Suspension Guide

This step-by-step video will walk you through the process of writing a successful academic and financial aid suspension appeal.

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Writing a Successful Appeal Statement

This step-by-step video will walk you through the process of writing a successful SAP appeal.

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Maximum Time Frame Student Guide

This step-by-step video will walk you through the process of maximum time frame (MTF) appeals.

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