Rights and Responsibilities

Academic Standards for Federal and State Aid Satisfactory academic progress: Students receiving federal or state aid must meet the grade point average requirements outlined in the college catalog. Students placed on grade probation are also placed on financial aid probation. Continued probation will be considered for students if satisfactory progress toward raising the cumulative GPA is being made.

Appeals of suspension or dismissal must be addressed to the Dean of the College. If the appeal is approved, additional financial aid eligibility will also be granted. If the appeal is denied, the student will not be eligible to receive financial aid until an appeal has been approved.

Students who have been suspended and subsequently re-apply for admission must meet cumulative GPA requirements in order to receive federal or state financial aid.

Satisfactory Credit Hour Completion

All students receiving federal or state financial aid must complete a minimum number of credit hours each academic year. This requirement will be checked at the end of the spring semester and students will be notified of any deficiencies. Course incompletes must be removed by August 1 each year to count toward hours completed for the previous year. Courses may be repeated for credit for this requirement only if they were failed the first time. Repeating a course to improve a grade will not count as additional credit completed.

The number of hours for which a student is enrolled at the end of the add/drop period of a semester (first five class days of the semester) determines the status as a full-time or part-time student. Changes in status must be approved in advance by the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Full-time students must complete a minimum of 21 hours per year, three-quarter time students must complete 15 hours per year, half-time students must complete 10 credit hours per year to be considered making satisfactory academic progress for federal and state financial aid.

Qualified, degree-seeking students may receive federal or state financial aid for a maximum of 180 credit hours or until they have met the requirements for their degree program, whichever comes first.

Transfer students admitted on financial aid probation must meet the same semester and cumulative GPA requirements as returning students who have been placed on probation. Continued probation will be considered for transfer students if satisfactory progress toward raising the cumulative GPA is made.


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