SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY |
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.
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.
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.
All students applying for Title IV financial aid must complete at least
67% 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
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.
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 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.
Arkansas Northeastern College
2501 South Division Street
Blytheville, Arkansas 72351