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Federal, State and Institutional financial aid regulations and policy require that all students who receive financial assistance must make satisfactory academic progress (according to the policy listed below) toward the completion of their eligible program of study for a degree, certificate or transfer program. Student's academic standing will be reviewed for satisfactory progress at the beginning of each award year at American River College.
|FINANCIAL AID SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY|
|1. Maintain Progress (Qualitative) - Complete at least 75% of units enrolled*:|
|Total Percentage =||(Total Units With "W", "I", "F","NP","IP" and "NC")
(Total Units Attempted)
|= Must be 25% or less|
|2. Maintain Minimum of 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA)=Grade "C" or Better* (Quantitative) -|
|Grade Point Average =||(Total Grade Point Earned)
(Total Units Attempted)
|= Must be 2.00 or better|
|3. Maximum Time Period or Total Units (Maximum Timeframe) toward program completion -|
The Completion of degree or 72 units or more attempted, whichever occurs first. Students have the option to complete an Appeal (Click here more information).
Students with more than 120 units are not eligible to appeal for federal or state financial aid. Only the BOG fee waiver is available to students who exceed 120 units.
Click here to review the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy in text format.
* If you have extenuating circumstances that negatively affected your academic progress, you may complete the Financial Aid Appeal for further evaluation (click here more information). Submission of an appeal does NOT GUARANTEE the reinstatement of students' financial aid. Therefore, students should be prepared to pay for their books, and other school related expenses pending the outcome of their appeal.
Restoration of Eligibility after Dismissal: Students who are dismissed from financial aid due to failure to meet SAP can reinstate eligibility outside of the appeal process by academically restoring their cumulative GPA to 2.0 and cumulative completion percentage to 75%. It is the student's responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office for a recalculation of SAP in such cases. Students who have over 72 attempted units can only reverse a dismissal from financial aid eligibility through the Financial Aid Appeal process. Students with more than 120 attempted units are no longer eligible for appeal.
Course Repetition and Academic Renewal: To determine the student's GPA and completion rate, all grades for repeated and academic renewal courses will be used. All units (both current and prior) from repeated and academic renewal courses are counted toward the maximum number (72) of units a student is permitted to attempt. Students are not eligible to receive aid for more than one repetition of a course that has been previously passed.
Remedial coursework: Up to 30 units of remedial coursework may be deducted from the total units accumulated. Students are not eligible to receive aid for more than 30 units of remedial coursework.
Note: Students who enroll in ESL or excessive courses that don't apply to their degree or certificate may exhaust their financial aid eligibility.