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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 for 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

  • When a student has been suspended from the college, he or she is no longer eligible to receive Title IV federal financial aid until certain criteria are met. Click here for the State Board Policy regarding Standards of Academic Progress.
  • 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 a student does not meet any of the requirements listed, the student will be given one warning semester in which he or she will be eligible to receive aid.
  • After attending one warning semester, student must have the required GPA and completion rate to continue to receive financial aid assistance.
  • If student loses eligibility, he/she may appeal --- given student has mitigating circumstances that caused them to be unsuccessful in his or her coursework.
  • Additional information as to the treatment of repeats, incompletes, withdrawals, transfer credits, bankrupted, forgiven, 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 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 GPA, completion rate, and maximum timeframe calculations.
    • Forgiven classes will be factored into the GPA, completion rate, and maximum timeframe calculations.
    • Transitional (remedial) classes will be factored into the GPA, completion rate, and maximum timeframe calculations.
    • ESL and Job Corp coursework will not be factored into GPA, completion rate, or maximum timeframe calculations.
    • Dropped courses during the add/drop period will not be factored into GPA, completion rate, or 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. If student files an appeal due to the MAX timeframe, they must be meeting other two components (GPA and pace or percentage).
  • 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. Student may check Self Service Banner for status.
  • Students must follow the terms of their appeal if approved or lose financial aid eligibility.
  • If student was ever suspended from the college, he or she must take 12 hours and pass with a minimum 2.0 GPA or achieve the Cumulative GPA required for the number of hours attempted before an appeal can be considered.