Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid

To be eligible for financial aid, all students, including students transferring to TCC from another institution, must meet TCC's standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid. Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress are reviewed at the end of every semester and before the first semester of attendance for students transferring into TCC. Transferring students' Satisfactory Academic Progress will be determined from the academic history of all previously attended institutions.

Students who attended TCC in the past will be reviewed based on all previously attempted courses, regardless of how long ago they attended TCC. Failure to meet one or more of the established standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for two successive semesters will cause a student to be ineligible for financial aid. Students who have their financial aid revoked due to the failure to meet the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid will remain ineligible for financial aid until such time as their academic history meets the established standards.

Satisfactory Academic Progress includes all previous academic history, even if the student did not receive financial aid. It is the responsibility of the student to monitor satisfactory progress. Although the Financial Aid office attempts to send students who fail to meet the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress an email notification informing them of their status, students who do not receive notification will still be ineligible for financial aid.  

Students have fifteen days from the receipt of notification of their failure to meet the standards of satisfactory academic progress to appeal. 

Appealing Satisfactory Progress Requirements

Transfer students must meet the established standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. Appeals are generally not granted to transfer students.

Students can appeal their failure to meet the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid if unusual and mitigating circumstances exist. Unusual and mitigating circumstances include, but are not limited to, a death in the student's immediate family, medical condition, hospitalization, documented emotional distress, or other situations beyond the student's control. Decisions of the Financial Aid Appeal Committee will be final.

Below are the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid that apply to all students effective the end of the Fall term 2011.  

  • 1-14 attempted hours:  must maintain a 1.5 GPA or better.
  • 15-29 attempted hours:  must maintain a 1.8 GPA or better.
  • 30 or more attempted hours:  must maintain a 2.0 GPA or better.
  • Students must complete 67% of classes attempted. Attempted hours include all college developmental courses, withdrawals, incomplete courses, unsatisfactory (failures) grades, and transfer credit hours.
  • Students must complete their degree program before attempting more than 150 percent of the total credit hours required for the program

Warning Status

The first semester a student fails to meet the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid, he or she will be placed on Warning status. While the student will continue to receive financial aid during this period, it is the student’s responsibility to restore his or her academic standing for financial aid by the end of the term in which the Warning status was given. Students will be notified that they are on Warning status by e-mail.  Failure to restore academic standing by end of the term will result in the student being ineligible for financial aid.

A First-Time-in-College (FTIC) student who fails or withdraws from ALL attempted courses for the first semester of enrollment is immediately ineligible for financial aid. There is NO WARNING SEMESTER for First-Time-in-College students.

Below are the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid that currently apply to all students 

  • Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Students who fail to maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA, but who have earned less than 30 credit hours and have at least a 1.5 cumulative GPA will be placed on Financial Aid Warning Status for one semester
  • Students on Warning Status who fail to meet the 2.0 cumulative GPA by the next Satisfactory Academic Progress review period will be ineligible for financial aid.
  • Students must complete 67% of classes attempted. Attempted hours include all college developmental courses, withdrawals, incomplete courses, unsatisfactory (failures) grades, and transfer credit hours.
  • Students must complete their degree program before attempting more than 150 percent of the total credit hours required for the program.

All situations must be fully documented, including supporting letters from counselors, doctors, ministers, and other appropriate third parties. In most cases, medical records and funeral programs will not be accepted as supporting documentation.

Students must appeal their failure to meet satisfactory progress within 15 days of the grading period or notification. Procedures are available in the Financial Aid Office. Appeal forms can be found on MyTCC:

  1. Join the Financial Aid group (if you haven't already done so)
  2. Under Tools, select Student Forms
  3. Select the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Appeal Form
  4. Complete the form and attach the required supporting documentation before submitting the form electronically