Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students who receive federal, state or institutional aid must be making progress toward completing their degree in order to remain aid-eligible. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is reviewed after each semester using the following minimum requirements in these three areas:

  1. Minimum Grade Point Average: Students must meet the minimum GPA requirements (both semester and cumulative):
       
    • Undergraduate Students: 2.0
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    • Graduate Student: 3.0
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  2. Completion Rate: Students must successfully complete at least a minimum percentage of all credit hours attempted.This percentage includes all PNCA credit hours (including repeated coursework) and transfer credit hours, regardless of whether or not financial aid was received. Grades of F, W and I are not considered to be adequate grades for completion.

       
    • Undergraduate Students: 67%
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    • Graduate Student: 67%
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  3. Maximum Credit Hours: Students are expected to complete their degree pursuits within a maximum timeframe (including transfer credits and PNCA attempted hours). Students may not receive financial assistance beyond the following:

           
    • Undergraduate Students: 180 semester credit hours
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    • Graduate Students (excluding CTCR Program): 90 semester credit hours
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    • Graduate Students (CTCR Program): 67.5 semester credits hours

Students who meet or exceed SAP minimum requirements remain in good standing with financial aid. Students who fail to meet SAP minimum requirements are placed on financial aid warning and are given one additional semester of funding, during which they must make up their deficiencies. Each student placed on financial aid warning will be notified via letter of his or her warning status,and of the steps necessary to ensure continued eligibility for financial aid.

If a student does not make up deficiencies within one semester of being placed on financial aid warning, he or she will be disqualified from receiving further financial aid through PNCA. Students who disagree with their disqualification status or have mitigating circumstances may petition the director of Financial Aid for a review of their particular situation. If an SAP petition is approved, the student will be placed on financial aid probation for one additional semester and/or until the terms of the probation are met by the student. Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid purposes is distinct and separate from a student’s academic standing with the College.

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