Satisfactory Academic Progress

Poor academic performance and weak attendance can have an enormous impact on a student's financial aid eligibility.

Students who receive financial assistance from Title IV, state or institutional funds must make satisfactory academic progress as described below to remain eligible to receive financial aid. Students who receive financial aid will have their records reviewed at the end of each award period (semester) to determine if "satisfactory progress" is being maintained.

The student's total academic history is monitored regardless of whether he/she has previously received financial aid. Programs affected by "Standard Requirements" are:

  • Federal Pell
  • Federal SEOG
  • Iowa Vocational Technical Grant
  • Iowa Kibbie Grant
  • All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship
  • Federal Stafford Loan
  • Iowa Foster Care Grant
  • Federal PLUS Loan
  • Iowa National Guard Tuition Program
  • Federal Work Study
  • Designated SCC Foundation Scholarships

If the standards listed below are not met, students will be declared ineligible for financial aid.

You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue receiving financial aid. Satisfactory academic progress for financial aid includes maintaining the requirements as listed below:

Successfully complete 67% of enrolled credit hours. This will be measured on a cumulative basis. Example: If the student enrolls for a total of 24 credit hours their first academic year, the student must satisfactorily complete 16 credit hours. (Example: 24 credit hours x .67 (67%) = 16 credit hours)

Completion of the academic program in 150% of the published length of the program. Example: Associate in Arts degree = 62 credit hours. Maximum enrolled credit hours permitted to complete this program would be 93. (Example: 62 credit hours x 1.5 (150%) = 93 credit hours.

Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average. During the entirety of a student's program, the student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.

Additional Standards:

1. Credit/no credit, course repeats, withdrawals, incompletes, and developmental courses shall be included as a part of the student's cumulative credit hours enrolled for maximum time frame purposes.

2. Courses taken for audit, hours via Institutional Proficiency Exams, Advanced Placement, and hours via the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) will not be included as part of a student's cumulative credit hours for maximum time frame purposes.

3. Transfer credit, credit/no credit, course repeats, withdrawals, incompletes, and developmental courses will be included as part of the student's cumulative credit hours enrolled for maximum time frame purposes.  Such courses are also included as "attempted hours" for the above identified quantitative measure.

Courses taken for audit, hours via Institutional Proficiency Exams, Advanced Placement, and hours via the College Level Examination Program will not be included as a part of the student's cumulative credit hours enrolled for maximum time frame purposes.

ATTENTION STUDENTS! The first term a student fails to meet these standards, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Warning. Any student on Financial Aid Warning will have one semester to bring their coursework up to minimum standards.  However, a student failing to earn any credit hours during a term of enrollment will be placed directly on "Financial Aid Dismissal" if the student attempted more than four credit hours during that term (updated 7/1/13). There is no warning period for such students failing to earn any credit hours.  A student failing to attain these standards by the end of the warning semester will be terminated from receiving further financial aid by being placed on "Dismissal". This termination includes student loans.

There are two options a student may pursue in order to regain eligibility for financial aid:

Complete the number of credit hours necessary to achieve the 67% requirement and/or minimum cumulative grade point average need for their grade level. This will be at the student's own expense.

If special circumstances exist, the student may submit a letter of appeal to the Financial Aid Office stating the reasons the standards requirements noted above were not met. If the appeal is approved by a review committee, eligibility for financial aid will be reinstated on a probationary level. The student must also submit and agree to the terms of an Academic Plan. In the event the appeal is denied, the student must complete at least six credit hours within his or her academic program before another appeal will be considered by the review committee.

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