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Gadsden State Community College

Satisfactory Academic Progress

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress will be measured each semester at Gadsden State Community College.  Students are required under federal regulations to maintain certain standards of progress depending on the number of hours they have attempted in college.  It is the student’s responsibility to read and understand all policies associated with financial aid funding.

 

GPA requirements for long-term certificate and degree seeking students

 

  • If the student has attempted 0-21 hours, he must maintain a 1.5 GPA.
  • If the student has attempted 22-32 hours, he must maintain a 1.75 GPA
  • If the student has attempted 33 or more hours, he must maintain a 2.0 GPA.

 

Completion rate required by long-term certificate and degree seeking students

  • If the student has attempted 0-21 hours, he must maintain a 58% completion rate.
  • If the student has attempted 22-32 hours, he must maintain a 62% completion rate.
  • If the student has attempted 33 or more hours, he must maintain a 67% completion rate.

 

GPA requirements for short-term certificate (24-29 credit hours) students

  • If the student has attempted 0-17 hours, he must maintain a 1.5 GPA.
  • If the student has attempted 18 or more hours, he must maintain a 2.0 GPA.

 

Completion rate required short-term certificate (24-29 credit hours) students

  • If the student has attempted 0-17 hours, he must maintain a 58% completion rate.
  • If the student has attempted 18 or more hours, he must maintain a 67% completion rate.

 

Additional regulations

  • Students are only allowed 150% of the respective program length to complete the degree or certificate.  For example, a degree-seeking student can attend Gadsden State three years, which is 150% of a two-year major.  Failure to complete within this allotted timeframe will result in loss of eligibility.  All hours attempted, as well as transfer hours accepted, will be included in the maximum timeframe calculation. 
  • If you do not meet any of the requirements listed, you will be given one warning semester in which you will be eligible to receive aid.
  • After attending one warning semester, you must have the required GPA and completion rate to continue to receive financial aid assistance.
  • If you have lost eligibility, you may appeal --- given you have mitigating circumstances that caused you to be unsuccessful in your coursework.
  • Additional information as to the treatment of repeat, incompletes, withdrawals, transfer credit, bankrupted, and transitional (remedial) classes is as follows.
    • Repeat classes will be factored into the GPA, completion rate, and maximum timeframe calculations.  In addition, a student can only repeat a successfully-passed class using federal aid once.  
    • Incompletes will be factored into the GPA, completion rate, and maximum timeframe calculations.
    • Withdrawals will not be factored into the GPA calculation but will be included in the completion rate and maximum timeframe calculations.
    • Transfer credits will be not be factored into the GPA calculation but will be included in the completion rate and maximum timeframe calculations.
    • Bankrupted classes will be factored into the completion rate and maximum timeframe calculations.
    • Transitional (remedial) classes will be factored into the GPA, completion rate, and maximum timeframe calculations.

 

Financial Aid Appeal

  • Students may submit a Financial Aid Appeal if they can provide documented proof of mitigating circumstances.  Mitigating circumstances are those that are beyond the student’s control.
  • Students must submit the appeal and all documentation pertaining to the appeal, by the published appeal deadline.  Submitting a Financial Aid Appeal is NOT an automatic approval.
  • The Financial Aid Appeals Committee will meet each semester to consider completed appeals.  The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.
  • Students will be notified of the decision made by the Committee by e-mail and/or letter.
  • Students must follow the terms of their appeal if approved or lose financial aid eligibility.