Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid

To maintain your financial aid eligibility, all students, including students transferring to TCC from another institution, must meet TCC’s Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid. It is your responsibility to understand and monitor satisfactory progress. The three standards include all previous academic history, even if you did not receive financial aid.

Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid

1. Maintain your Grade Point Average

1-14 attempted credit hours:

must maintain a 1.5 cumulative GPA or better

15–29 attempted credit hours:

must maintain a 1.8 cumulative GPA or better

30 or more attempted credit hours:

must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA or better

2. You must complete 67% of attempted classes. Attempted credit hours include all college developmental courses, withdrawals, incomplete courses, unsatisfactory (failure) grades, and transfer credit hours.

3. You must complete your degree program before attempting more than 150% of the total credit hours required for the degree program.

Review of Eligibility

Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid are reviewed at the end of every semester once grades are posted or before the first semester of attendance for students transferring to TCC.

Transfer students’ Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid 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.

Warning Status

The first semester you fail to meet the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid, you will be placed on Warning status. Students will be notified by email, once grades are posted, if they are placed on Warning status. While you will continue to receive financial aid during this period, it is your responsibility to restore your academic standing for financial aid by the end of the term in which the Warning status was given. Failure to restore academic standing by the end of the term will result in you being ineligible for financial aid.

Failed Status 

Failure to meet one or more of the established Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid for two successive semesters will cause you to be ineligible for financial aid. Although the Financial Aid Office attempts to send students who fail to meet the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid an email notification informing them of their failed status, students who do not receive notification will still be ineligible for financial aid. Notification occurs at the end of each semester once grades are posted. Students who have their financial aid revoked will remain ineligible for financial aid until their academic history meets the established standards. You may appeal your failure to meet the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid if unusual and mitigating circumstances exist. Appeals are generally not granted to transfer students.

 Appeal a Failed Status

Students who have unusual and mitigating circumstances may file an appeal. Unusual and mitigating circumstances include, but are not limited to: a death in your immediate family (father, mother, brother, sister or grandparent), medical condition, hospitalization, documented emotional distress, or other situations beyond your control. All supporting documentation will be fully verified to confirm it is genuine. Submitting fraudulent documentation is a crime and students submitting fraudulent documentation will be reported to local law enforcement authorities, to the Student Conduct and Community Standards Office, and to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General. This may result in a fine of up to $25,000, a prison sentence, or both.

How to File an Appeal/ First Appeal

You must appeal your failure to meet the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid within 15 days of the grading period or receipt of notification to appeal.

All situations must be fully documented, included 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.

Procedures are available by contacting the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Satisfactory Appeal Form can be found by following the steps below:

  1. Login to MyTCC using your student credentials
  2. Under Tools, select Student Forms
  3. Under Student Financials > Financial Aid, select the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Appeal Form
  4. Complete the form online and upload the required supporting documentation before submitting the form electronically

The appeal decision will be emailed to your TCC email account. If you do not receive an email within 7 days, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (850) 201-8399 or email FinAid@tcc.fl.edu.

How to File a Denied Appeal/ Committee Appeal

Students whose first appeal is denied may request the Financial Aid Appeals Committee to review their status. You must have additional supporting documents (different documents than those provided in your first appeal which support your circumstance) and provide the documents before the committee meeting. You do not meet with the Committee. Decisions of the Financial Aid Appeal Committee will be final.

Procedures are available by contacting the Financial Aid Office. The Request for Committee Review of Financial Aid Denial Appeal form can be found by following the steps below:

  1. Login to MyTCC using your student credentials
  2. Under Tools, select Student Forms
  3. Under Student Financials > Financial Aid, select the Request for Committee Review of Financial Aid Denial Appeal
  4. Complete the form online and upload the additional required supporting documentation before submitting the form electronically

The appeal decision will be emailed to your TCC email account. If you do not receive an email within 7 days, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (850) 201-8399 or email FinAid@tcc.fl.edu.

Approved Appeal with Probation Status

Students who are granted an approved appeal will be placed on Probation status for one semester. Approved students must meet with an academic advisor and together complete the Advising for Financial Aid Clearance Form. The form must be returned to the Financial Aid Office before your funds will disburse. You must maintain the conditions outlined in the approved appeal in order to continue receiving financial aid. At the end of the semester, if you meet the conditions of your appeal, then you will remain on Probation status until all three Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid have been met. Failure to meet the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid will result in the cancelation of federal student aid eligibility.

Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility

Your eligibility for federal student aid is re-established when conditions of the approved appeal have been met and you meet all three Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid.