Standards of Academic Progress for Financial Aid Recipients

The Richland Community College Financial Aid Office is required by federal regulations to monitor academic progress toward a degree or certificate for all financial aid recipients.

In order to receive financial aid at Richland, a student's total academic record, including transfer work, must be evaluated. While remedial hours are not counted in the College cumulative grade point average calculation, they will be reviewed for GPA and successful completion for financial aid purposes.

Failure to meet any Satisfactory Academic Progress Condition results in Financial Aid Warning or Suspension.

A student in good standing who fails to meet any condition will be placed on warning. A student on warrning who fails to meet any condition will be placed on suspension. Financial Aid warning is not the same as academic probation.

Students may appeal suspension. Students must submit a Financial Aid Appeal for suspension to probation with documentation. Students must submit a Financial Aid Appeal to receive financial aid beyond 150% of the credit hours needed for their program. Forms are available in the Financial Aid Office. The student will be notified of the appeal decision in writing.

Progress will be checked at the end of each semester. Students who are on warning or suspension will be notified.

The following three conditions must be met each semester in order to receive financial aid.

Condition I. Cumulative Grade Point Average Standard

The following semester and cumulative grade point averages must be maintained:

Cumulative Hours Attempted GPA Required
1 - 15 hours 1.70
16 - 30 hours 1.85
31+ hours 2.00

Students who do not earn the above overall grade point averages will be placed on warning. Once a student has attempted 48 credit hours, he/she cannot receive further financial aid without a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students on warning must raise their GPA's to meet the requirements or they will be placed on financial aid suspension.

Condition II. Completion of Hours

Based on the student's enrollment status as of the drop with a refund date, students must complete 67% of the credit hours each semester and cumulatively.

Grades of A, B, C and D are considered successful completion for the Credit Hour Completion Standard. Grades of F, W, or I do not count as completed classes; however, they will be reviewed for successful completion. A student with an incomplete class at the end of the term that prevents him/her from complying with the above conditions will be placed on warning or suspension until the class is completed and a grade is posted.

Condition III. Maximum Credit Hour Standard

Students who have not completed a degree or certificate will be placed on warning or suspension once they have attempted 150% of the required credit hours needed to complete their program. This includes all completed, failed, withdrawn classes and transfer hours. The federal maximum time frame allowed for all credit hours attempted is 150%. For example: AA or AS degree 60 credit hour program x 150% = 90 maximum credit hours for completion.

Students may receive financial aid for no more than 30 developmental education credits. These credit hours are not computed into the maximum credit hour standard.

Students who have completed coursework for a degree but have not received the degree will not be eligible for financial aid until the degree is awarded.

A student who has an associate's degree and wishes to earn an additional degree or certificate may receive financial aid for course requirements not already fulfilled. If the student has credit hours beyond 150% of the program completion, a successful appeal is required.

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