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Remaining Eligible

Columbus State Community College (CSCC) is required by federal law to establish, publish, and apply reasonable standards for measuring satisfactory academic progress of students applying for or receiving federal financial aid. These standards are designed to ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward completion of their program of study. The CSCC Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy applies to the following financial aid programs:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
  • Federal Work Study
  • Federal Stafford Student Loan
  • Federal PLUS Loan

You will remain eligible for financial aid so long as you meet the following standards of progress. .

The academic standards have three elements:

1. Completion of Attempted Credit Hours
2. Grade Point Average
3. Completion of Degree

1. Complete 66.66% of Attempted Credit Hours

Academic progress is evaluated annually at the conclusion of each Semester by dividing the total number of credit hours successfully completed by the total number of credit hours attempted.  This review is based on the entire enrollment history of a student at CSCC. If a student has passed at least 66.66% of cumulative attempted credit hours, progress is satisfactory.  If a student has passed less than 66.66% of cumulative attempted credit hours, progress is unsatisfactory.

2. Maintain Required Grade Point Average

Grade Point Average is evaluated at the conclusion of each Semester and is based on the total attempted credit hours at the time of evaluation. In order to be considered to have maintained satisfactory academic progress, a student must meet the minimum GPA requirements defined below:

Credit Hours Attempted GPA Required
1 - 16 1.50
17 - 32 1.60
33 - 43 1.75
44 - 54 1.90
55 hours or more 2.00

3. Completion of Degree

In order to continue receiving federal financial aid, a student must complete his/her first associate degree or certificate program within 150% of the published length of the program as measured by credit hours attempted. Once a student is unable to graduate within the 150% maximum time frame, federal financial aid will be terminated.

Students who have completed one degree and plan to return for a second will need to go through the appeal process. See points 5 and 6 under “Appeals”.

Notes Regarding the Requirements:

The following grades are included in hours attempted and are considered satisfactory completion for financial aid purposes: A, B, C, D, S, K, Y and KD.

The following grades are included in hours attempted but are NOT considered satisfactory: E, U, W, I, P, V, Z, and MG

If an I (incomplete) or missing grade is effecting a student’s eligibility to meet the above standards, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office once a final grade has been officially recorded by the Records and Registration Office. When the final grade has been recorded, the Financial Aid Office will re-evaluate the student’s progress and re-determine aid eligibility.

Additionally, a student must meet the academic requirements to remain at CSCC as defined in the official Columbus State Course Catalog.

Attendance requirements

According to federal financial aid law, Columbus State must be able to prove each student receiving financial aid actually started attending classes each quarter. Instructors will submit attendance records, and students will be dropped from classes if they don’t attend. Tell your instructor if you are unable to attend classes.

If you are dropped from a class, you will receive notice through the student e-mail system. Students who are dropped from classes may see their financial aid reduced, or may have to repay financial aid.