Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements for Financial Aid Recipients
Students receiving financial aid at Pierce College must be making satisfactory academic progress in an eligible degree or certificate offered by Pierce College. Federal regulations require your entire Pierce College academic transcript be reviewed for satisfactory progress including periods of attendance in which you did not receive financial aid. The following requirements define the criteria for financial aid academic satisfactory progress for students attending Pierce College.
- You must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA (grade point average) over the entire time you are at Pierce College.
- You must complete a total of 66% of all credits attempted at Pierce College. Those that show on your Pierce College transcript include grades of 0.0, W, Z, NC, or I grades.
- Grades W, Z, NC or I are not considered "completed credits".
- Only classes in which you earn the letter grade of P and decimal grades of 1.0 through 4.0 will count as completed.
You may attempt a total of 50% more credits than are required to complete your degree or certificate program at Pierce College and remain eligible for financial aid. Please note that all attempted credits MUST apply toward your eligible degree or certificate program. This applies to Federal Student Aid Programs and Pierce College funded programs. If you do not complete your program within this maximum timeframe, you will be required to petition for additional eligibility. If you are a Washington State Need Grant recipient, you are limited to attempting 25% more credits than are required for your program. You lose eligibility for this grant if you do not complete your degree within this maximum timeframe.
Federal Warning Status
You will be eligible to receive financial aid while on federal warning status. You will be placed on warning status the first time your cumulative GPA drops below a 2.00 and/or you do not complete over 66% of your cumulative attempted credits. However, you will not be eligible for a federal warning status if you do not complete any of your attempted credits for the quarter. Please see the federal suspension section below.
State Warning Status
You will be eligible to receive financial aid while on state warning status. You will be placed on warning status the first time your quarterly GPA drops below a 2.00 and/or you do not complete 100% of your attempted credits for the quarter that you received Washington State/institutional aid (Washington State Need Grant, Tuition Waiver, Pierce College Grant).
Federal Suspension Status
This can be appealed. You are not eligible for any federal and state financial aid while on suspension.
You will be suspended from federal and state financial aid at Pierce College if:
- You fully withdraw, stop attending, or complete no credits for the quarter - you may have to repay some or all of the aid you received.
- Your cumulative GPA is below a 2.00 for 2 quarters in a row.
- Your transcript shows a cumulative completion rate of less than 66% for 2 quarters in a row.
State Suspension Status
This can be appealed. You are not eligible for any state financial aid while on suspension.
You will be suspended from state financial aid at Pierce College if:
- You fail to complete at least 50% of the credits attempted for the quarter.
- Your quarterly GPA is below a 2.00 for 2 quarters in a row.
- Your quarterly completion rate is below 100% for 2 quarters in a row.
- You are suspended from federal financial aid.
How to Appeal Suspension of Your Financial Aid
You may petition to have your financial aid reinstated if circumstances beyond your control prevented you from maintaining satisfactory progress for financial aid. Petitions for reinstatement forms are available in the financial aid office or online. Submitting petition does not guarantee that your financial aid will be reinstated.
- All Petitions must include a recent "Unofficial Evaluation" identifying your completed and remaining degree required classes completed by your advisor and documentation of your circumstances that caused the suspension.
- You are only allowed to Petition for Reinstatement a maximum of 2 times during your attendance at Pierce College.
- If approved, your aid will be reinstated on a probationary status and your awards will be based on available funding at the time the appeal is approved.