The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, mandates institutions of higher education to establish a standard of satisfactory academic progress for students who receive financial aid. This standard must apply to the student's entire academic history, whether Title IV financial aid was received or not. In order to remain eligible to receive aid at Galveston College students must meet the standard specified for acceptable academic performance and for satisfactory progress toward completion of their program of study. This standard should not be confused with Probation or Good Standing as defined by academic regulations, nor is satisfactory progress affected by "academic fresh start." For the purpose of determining eligibility for student loans, the "Time Frame" and "Incremental Progress" components will take into account hours the student has attempted at other schools.
The Galveston College definition of satisfactory academic progress for receiving financial aid includes the following components:
I. Academic Standard Component
Galveston College uses the 4.0 grade point average system and numerical code:
4.0=A 3.0=B 2.0=C 1.0=D
Students are expected to maintain an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for hours attempted at Galveston College.
II. Maximum Time Frame Component
Students may receive consideration for financial aid for up to 90 hours attempted.
III. Rate of Completion
A student's overall completion rate (percentage of credit hours attempted) is required to be at least 75%.
I. Academic Standards and Incremental Progress
The Financial Aid Office staff will determine each semester/session if a student has successfully completed at least the minimum expected percentage of hours with the required grade point average and shows progress toward the educational objective for all completed coursework.
The following will be considered as semester hours successfully completed:
"A" through "D" grades "CR" credit
The following shall be considered as semester hours not completed:
"IP" In Progress
"AUDIT" No Credit
"AWN" Administrative Withdrawal-No Credit
"NC" No Credit
"NR" Not Reported
Students may receive financial aid for repeating failed courses pending that they are meeting SAP standards. Students who receive a passing grade for a course and decides to repeat the course to receive a higher grade may only receive financial assistance for the first repeat of the passed course. Students are not eligible to receive financial aid for two or more repeats of a passed course.
For repeated courses, only the latest grade earned is included in cumulative grade point averages, but both courses will remain as a part of the aggregate hours attempted. Financial aid will not be provided for courses taken by audit, credit hours earned by placement tests, or continuing education courses.
Financial aid will not be provided for courses taken by audit, credit hours earned by placement test, or continuing education courses.
II. Time Frame
At the end of each semester, the Financial Aid Office staff will determine the aggregate number of hours the student has attempted. The student must not exceed 150% of the required program hours to graduate from any one degree program. Once a student has attempted 90 hours, he/she is ineligible to receive consideration for financial aid after that semester. He/she may appeal to have aid reinstated by enacting the appeal process.
Example- Students requiring 60 credits to graduate from a program may not earn more than 90 hours and still receive financial aid.
Students are allowed only two opportunities to change their majors.
III. Developmental Classes
Federal regulation limits financial aid for developmental classes to 30 attempted hours. Students who enroll in developmental hours in excess of 30 hours will not be considered in calculating eligibility for federal aid which includes Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), and Stafford Loans. No exceptions can be made.
Students who are in violation of one or more of the aforementioned SAP criteria for their first offense will be placed on a WARNING SAP status for their next term of enrollment. While on "Warning", students are eligible to receive financial assistance and must bring themselves into SAP compliance by the end of the "Warning" term. If the student is not meeting SAP at the end of the term, the student will be placed on SAP "Suspension" in which the student is no longer eligible to receive financial assistance.
FINANCIAL AID "SUSPENSION"
The student who fails to meet the standards of academic progress during the semester of attendance while on "Warning" will be placedon suspension and denied further funding. Automatic suspension will be placed on students who totally withdraw during a semester or receive 0.00 GPA or receive NC’s in all developmental classes. Students may appeal their suspension status to the Student Affairs Committee to regain Financial Aid eligibility. A student whose financial aid has been suspended may also bring themselves back into compliance with the satisfactory academic progress requirements at their own expense; with the exception of time frame. To do so, you must take at least 6 credit hours toward your degree or certificate and pass with a "C" or better ("CR" for developmental courses). If you choose to take more than the recommended 6 hours, all hours enrolled will be taken into consideration to determine your eligibility. Courses taken outside of your degree or certificate will not qualify you to regain financial aid eligibility.
A student whose financial aid has been suspended may submit the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Form to the Student Affairs Committee. The appeal must be in writing and supporting documentation regarding special circumstances must be provided. The Committee will respond in writing within 10 working days of receiving the appeal. Appeals are considered for extenuating circumstances such as injury, illness, death in the immediate family, or undue hardship. Students who have their appeals approved by the Committee will be placed on financial aid probation. To address the appeal decision made by the Committee, the student must respond to the Committee’s decision within 10 working days of the receipt of the Committee’s decision. The rebuttal appeal must be submitted to the Vice President of Student Services. The Vice President will forward his/her appeal decision to the student within 10 working days of the receipt of the rebuttal appeal. If the outcome of the appeal to the Vice President of Student Services is not to the student’s satisfaction, the student may, within ten (10) working days of receiving notice of the decision, submit a written appeal to the College President. The written appeal at minimum must include a written reason for the appeal or a statement of the problem and/or complaint, and the expected resolution. The President may, at his/her sole discretion, choose to allow oral arguments on the petition. The President may act to affirm, modify, remand, or reverse the decision. If no action is taken within sixty (60) days, the Vice President’s decision will be affirmed. The appeal process ends with the decision of the President.
FINANCIAL AID "PROBATION"
Students whose appeal was approved by the Student Affairs Committee, the Vice President of Student Services or the College President will be placed on "Probation" for their next term of attendance. Students may be required to adhere to an academic plan set forth by the Committee in an effort to bring them into SAP compliance. Students who fail to meet the terms of their "Probation" by bringing themselves into SAP compliance will be placed on Financial Aid "Suspension".