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SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY ::

 

[ Beginning Fall 2016 completion rate will be 67% ]


To receive Federal Financial Aid, a student must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards a degree or certificate.  Federal guidelines require the financial aid office to measure progress both qualitatively and quantitatively.  Only a student enrolled in credit courses, seeking an approved degree/certificate, and in good standing can receive financial aid.  Satisfactory academic progress is reviewed each time Title IV aid is awarded, before disbursement of funds, and at the conclusion of each payment period.  Financial aid continuation, warning, or suspension is determined by both qualitative and quantitative standards.  Students are informed by letter if they have any of the SAP statuses.



Qualitative Measurement

When the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of the student falls below the level specified in the following table, the student will be placed on financial aid probation.


Semester Hours Attempted Cumulative GPA 
6 - 12 semester hours  1.50
21 - 40 semester hours 1.75
41+ semester hours 2.00











Students on academic probation who achieve a GPA of 2.00 or higher each semester but have a cumulative GPA below the scale above will be allowed to receive financial aid the next semester while remaining on financial aid probation.  If a student is on academic suspension, no Federal Title IV Financial Aid can be disbursed for the semester or semesters in which the suspension status is in effect.  A student may reapply for financial aid the semester in which the suspension is removed.



Quantitative Measurement

All students applying for Title IV financial aid must complete at least 75% of all courses in which they have officially enrolled while in attendance at ANC.  This percentage will be expressed as a "cumulative completion rate" (CCR) for financial aid purposes.  Transfer courses on the student's degree plan must be included in this calculation.

If during a probationary period the student obtains a semester completion rate (SCR) of at least 75%, but their cumulative completion rate (CCR) remains below 75%, the student will be allowed to receive financial aid for the next semester but will remain on financial aid probation.  However, if a student on financial aid probation fails to achieve a SCR of 75% in any probationary period, his/her financial aid will be suspended.  Financial aid would then be reinstated once the student's CCR reaches at least 75%.

A student failing all courses in an enrollment period will be considered as not maintaining satisfactory progress.  The student's financial aid will be suspended for at least one semester.  If the student's cumulative course completion rate (CCR) is above 75%, his/her financial aid will be reinstated following the suspended period of enrollment.  If the student's CCR is below 75%, the student's financial aid will be suspended until the CCR is 75% or above.  A student withdrawing from all courses during an enrollment period will not be maintaining satisfactory academic progress.  Financial aid will be suspended until the student's cumulative completion rate reaches at least 75%.



ANC Appeal Process

Students experiencing unusual, extenuating, or special circumstances leading to unsatisfactory progress should contact the Financial Aid office for an "Appeal of Extenuating Circumstances" form.  The student should write a statement explaining the circumstance(s) during the term that resulted in financial aid suspension, provide supporting documentation, and submit both to the Financial Aid office.  Extenuating or special circumstances may include (but is not limited to): extended illness of the student and/or immediate member of the student's family, death of an immediate family member, or change in residential basis.  Therefore, each appeal will be considered on its individual merit and based on the specific circumstances presented.

Once a complete appeal has been submitted, the Financial Aid office will confer with the ANC Appeals Committee as necessary to render a decision.  The student will be notified of the decision in writing within 30 days of receiving a complete appeal.  If granted, the student will be placed on probation and must complete at least 75% of his/her hours attempted each semester thereafter.  An academic plan describing the student's path and goals will be developed using the degree audit tool.  If a student on probation does not maintain a 75% semester completion rate, his/her financial aid will be suspended and financial aid will not be reinstated until the student's cumulative completion rate (CCR) reaches at least 75%.


Hour Requirements


Maximum Hours

Federal guidelines require a school to set a maximum time frame in which a student is expected to finish a degree/certificate.  This period cannot exceed 150% of the published length of the program.  Upon review of SAP, if it is clear that a student cannot finish the program within this period, he/she becomes ineligible for aid.

Hours Attempted

Hours attempted is determined by the number of hours the student is enrolled on the census date.  This number is OFTEN different from the number appearing on the student's academic transcript as "Hours Attempted."  Repeated courses are included in the number of hours attempted for financial aid purposes.  College prep courses are not included in the total hours figure.

College Preparatory Course Hours Attempted

College Preparatory courses (up to 30 hours) will be included in the total hour requirement for enrollment status (full time, 3/4 time, half time, less than half time) to determine financial aid awards.  However, College Preparatory courses (up to 30 hours) will not be considered as cumulative credit hours for the purpose of determining total hours attempted.

Transfer Credit Hours

Transfer students' academic transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar's Office.  All hours accepted to meet the student's ANC degree requirements will be considered hours attempted/completed in satisfactory academic progress.





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