Satisfactory Progress

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Students are required by federal regulation to maintain satisfactory academic progress to receive federal financial aid funds. Progress will be measured by cumulative grade point average, course completion, and time frame to complete a degree or certificate program. Academic progress will be reviewed each semester. These standards will apply even if the student was not receiving aid during an enrollment period. Students are considered to be making satisfactory progress if they meet the following criteria:

Degree seeking: The student must be admitted and enrolled in an associate or certificate degree program.

Cumulative grade point average (GPA). Students must progress each term according to the following grade scale:


Hours Attempted Minimum GPA
1-15 1.75
16-90 2.00

Remedial coursework will be averaged into the grade point average (GPA) even though the official college transcript will only reflect the average of college level coursework.

Completion of Courses: Students must progress through their educational program at the following pace:


Number of Hours Attempted Must Complete
Up to 15 55%
16-30 60%
31 or more 67%

Maximum time to complete degree: Students must complete the requirements for a degree within the following timeframe:

Associate Degrees 90 Credit Hours
LPN Technical Certificate 87 Credit Hours
Technical Certificates 150% of program hourly requirement
LPN to RN Associate Degree 151 Credit Hours

All students:

Withdrawals, Incompletes, and grades of Audit, and “F”, are included in cumulative attempted credit hours. Maximum hours apply whether or not the student was receiving aid at the time credits were attempted. Students who change majors must still adhere to the maximum time frame. Students seeking multiple degrees or certificates are required to submit a degree audit with the Financial Aid Appeal Form.

Remedial Coursework: Students may receive aid for remedial courses up to a maximum of 30 attempted credit hours. Eighteen hours of remedial courses may be excluded from the maximum time frame.

Repeating Classes: Students may receive aid to repeat a previously passed course with a grade of “D” one time only. Classes in nursing that are retaken as a requirement because of other failed courses are not eligible for aid.

Transfer students: For financial aid purposes, attempted and completed hours will include all credit hours transferred from other institutions. Transfer students must have a cumulative 2.00 GPA on the most recent transcript to receive aid.
**Academic transcripts are required from all institutions previously attended. **

Appeals to policy: Students who do not maintain satisfactory progress will be suspended from further financial aid. A transcript must be presented to the financial aid office showing deficiencies have been brought up to meet satisfactory progress. Students who have extenuating circumstances (such as illness or death of a family member) may appeal their suspension to the Financial Aid Office in writing. The Financial Aid Committee will hear appeals and the student will be notified in writing of the decision of the Committee. If an appeal is approved, students must meet satisfactory academic progress according to an academic plan approved by the committee.

Appeal Form