Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Financial aid recipients must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards a degree or certificate in order to continue receiving financial aid (including student loans) at Black Hawk College.

These standards are cumulative and include all periods of enrollment at Black Hawk College, including semesters when the student did not receive financial aid. A student’s SAP status is evaluated after the completion of each semester.

This SAP policy is based on standards established by federal regulations and state policy governing financial aid programs (HEA Sec. 484(c), 34 CFR 668.16(e), 34 CFR 668.32(f), 34 CFR 668.34).


How to Check Your Status

Financial aid recipients who do not meet SAP standards at the end of the semester will be notified at their myBlackHawk student email.

To check your current status, log into your myBlackHawk account. Under Student > Financial Aid select “Academic Progress Status”.

How to Appeal Your Dismissal

Students who had mitigating circumstances may submit an appeal in order to continue receiving financial aid at Black Hawk College. To be considered, any appeal must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the end of a student’s enrollment for that term.

Once a completed appeal is submitted, allow 10 business days for review. Notifications of appeal approval/denial will be sent to the student’s myBlackHawk email. Online appeal forms are available using DocuSign forms:

Alternatively, paper appeal forms are available in the Financial Aid Office, or may be printed using the PDFs below:

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