Satisfactory Academic Progress to Maintain Financial Aid Eligibility Policy
Students attending Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology who wish to receive financial aid, in addition to meeting other eligibility criteria, must be in good academic standing and making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in their degree or certificate program. SAP will be reviewed at the end of each term or semester once grades are posted. If a grade change should occur after this process, the students' progress will be revaluated. Students who fail to make progress will first be placed on a Financial Aid Warning for SAP. Students who fail to make progress on a semester they are on warning will become ineligible for Financial Aid until they have met the SAP requirements. Future financial aid disbursements will be on hold until SAP requirements are satisfied. Students may appeal being ineligible for failure to meet SAP requirements. If an appeal is granted, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation for SAP. Any student who fails to meet the requirements of SAP while on probation will become ineligible for Financial Aid until they have met all SAP requirements. This cannot be appealed.
A. QUALITY OF PROGRESS - "GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING"
Students requesting aid must maintain the GPA requirements listed below. This requirement includes pre-major coursework. If a student falls below the requirements listed below they will be placed on financial aid warning for the following semester in which they must bring up their GPA to the requirements listed below.
If a student fails to meet the requirements during the warning period they will lose their financial aid until they have met the requirements listed below. Loss of Financial Aid includes Title IV funding and institutional funding.
B. QUANTITY OF PROGRESS - "PACE OF UNIT COMPLETION"
TSCT students must complete at least two-thirds (67%) of all units in which they originally enroll from the time of first attendance in their program. Thus, a first-term TSCT student who originally enrolls in 9 units, withdraws from 3 units, and successfully completes the remaining 6 units, would be meeting the quantitative measure requirement since the student did pass at least two-thirds (67%) of the units in which he or she originally enrolled.
Students requesting aid must make progress toward a degree as follows:
Full-time: 12 units per term and/or 24 units per year (complete average of 8 per term)
¾ time: 9 units per term and/or 18 units per year (complete average of 6 per term)
½ time: 6 units per term and/or 12 units per year (complete average of 4 per term)
These grades are considered to demonstrate satisfactory course completion: A, B, C, D, T and P.
These grades do not demonstrate successful course completion: F, NP, I, W, WIP, WF and WP.
- Incomplete grades will not count toward your completion rate (pace) in the term in which they are received but will be evaluated the following term.
- If a student falls below the cumulative minimum 67%, they will be placed on financial aid warning, such students will be given the following term (semester) in which to raise their cumulative completion rate above the required 67%.
- If a student fails to meet the requirements during the warning period they will lose their financial aid until they have met the requirements listed below. Loss of Financial Aid includes Title IV funding and institutional funding.
C. QUANTITY OF PROGRESS - "MAXIMUM TIME FRAME"
Students must finish their academic program within 150% of the published length of the program.
For example, a student in a 61 credit hour Associates program full-time, should be able to earn the degree in three years taking no more than 92 credits.
- All students have the right to appeal. This may be done by completing an appeal form and submitting it to the Financial Aid Office. The Director of Financial Aid will review cases on an individual basis to determine if mitigating circumstances are responsible for poor progress. Mitigating circumstances may include but are not limited to:
a.) illness or injury of the student
b.) death of a close family member
All circumstances must be documented. Students will be informed in writing of the appeal outcome. If a student appeal is granted, they will be given an academic plan. The academic plan will outline what the student must do to regain SAP. Failure to adhere to the academic plan will result in the student becoming ineligible for financial aid in future semester until SAP is met. In the case of a denial, students will be informed in writing of what they must do to be reinstated for financial aid.