Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Federal Regulations require students to maintain satisfactory academic progress while pursuing their course of study in order to receive financial aid. In accordance with the eligibility requirements of the Federal Government, these procedures must be applied to the entire Eastern Iowa Community College District (EICC) academic history of each financial aid applicant, regardless of whether that student received any financial assistance for the prior term(s).
Academic records will be reviewed every term. The following factors will be considered when evaluating a student’s satisfactory academic progress:
- Withdrawals, incompletes, and failures will be counted as attempted but not earned
- Passing grades received for pass/fail courses will be counted as attempted and earned
credits; failing grades in pass/fail courses will be counted as attempted but not
- Credits for repeated courses will be counted as attempted credits each time the course
is repeated. Credits for repeated courses will be counted as earned credits only once
and only if the last grade issued is a passing grade. The last grade issued will be
used in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average (GPA).
- Courses for which the student has been granted grade forgiveness from the EICC Fresh
Start Program will be counted as attempted credits, but not earned credits.
- Audited courses will not be counted as either attempted or earned credits.
- Developmental courses will be counted as both attempted and earned credits.
- Transfer, military, prior learning, CLEP and Advanced Placement credits do not count
in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average (GPA), but will be counted
as both attempted and earned credits.
- For a student who changes programs or majors at EICC, the credits and grades from the previous program(s) or major(s) will be counted in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average (GPA) and counted as both attempted and earned credits.
In order to maintain eligibility for financial aid, a student must meet the requirements listed below for Maximum Timeframe, Course Completion and Grade Point Average.
Maximum Timeframe Requirement
A student is ineligible for financial aid once he/she has attempted 150% or more of the minimum credit hours required to receive the degree/diploma/certificate. For example:
|Program of study||
credit hours to
|AA Degree||62 hours||93 hours attempted|
|Early Childhood Education Diploma||33 hours||49.5 hours attempted|
|Basic Electronics Certificate||28 hours||42 hours attempted|
A student who exceeds 150% of the minimum number of hours required to complete his/her degree/diploma/certificate will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension and ineligible for financial aid. The student is required to complete the remainder of the degree/diploma/certificate at his/her own expense unless an appeal and an academic plan are approved by the Dean of Student Development.
Course Completion and Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements
A student must successfully earn 67% of all attempted credit hours. This will be measured on a cumulative basis. For example, if a student has attempted 24 credit hours, the student must have earned 16 credits (24 credit hours X .67 (67%) = 16 credit hours).
Grade Point Average:
A student is expected to earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00.
Financial Aid Warning
A student will be placed on Financial Aid Warning when he/she fails to meet the minimum Course Completion and Grade Point Average requirements.
A student placed on Financial Aid Warning is eligible to receive financial aid for one term.
Financial Aid Suspension
Financial aid will be suspended for one or more of the following reasons if the student:
- Was on Financial Aid Warning and did not meet eligibility requirements after the warning term
- Did not earn any credits for the term
- Exceeds the Maximum Timeframe (150%) requirement
- Did not complete the terms of his/her academic plan
Appeals of Financial Aid Suspension
A student placed on financial aid suspension may submit a written appeal documenting extenuating circumstances (ex: injury or serious illness, death of a relative, job changes) that prevented him/her from meeting minimum standards. A student must also submit an academic plan. All appeals and academic plans must be submitted to the campus Financial Aid Office by the deadlines outlined in your suspension notification. If a student is notified of his/her suspension status after the deadlines specified for each term, he/she will be given 10 calendar days from the date of the suspension notification to submit an appeal and academic plan to the Financial Aid Office. The Dean of Student Development will review the appeal request and notify the student in writing of the result of the review. The decision of the Dean of Student Development is final.
Personalized Academic Plan
A student who has been placed on financial aid suspension will be required to complete an academic plan to regain financial aid eligibility.
A student who is granted approval and placed on an Academic Plan will be eligible for financial aid if the student follows the provisions of the academic plan and meets the following minimum Course Completion and Grade Point Average requirements each term:
- At least a 2.0 semester GPA
- Completion of all coursework required by the academic plan
A student will be limited to two appeals for academic plan consideration unless otherwise approved by the Dean of Student Development.
A student will be required to complete an academic plan when he/she exceeds the Maximum
Timeframe requirements. (A student exceeds the maximum timeframe requirement when
he/she exceeds150% of the minimum number of hours required for completion of his/her
degree) Only remaining coursework that is required for degree completion will be allowed.
It is the responsibility of each student to track his/her own progress and academic standing. However, the Financial Aid Office will attempt to notify students of warning/suspension standing after the end of each term.
Title IV Financial Aid Class Attendance Policy
Students receiving Federal financial aid must attend class on a regular basis AND maintain satisfactory academic progress. If a student fails to attend class on a regular basis, his/her financial aid could be suspended. The Federal Return of Title IV Funds calculation, for students who cease attending classes, is based on class attendance records as provided by the student’s instructor(s). To establish attendance in online courses, the student must actively participate in the course by submitting assignments or by earning course points. Logging on does not constitute attendance. If the student received Federal student aid, and stopped attending class, he/she may be required to repay the aid.
Misuse of Student Financial Aid Funds
Disbursement of financial aid funds may be delayed or denied for students suspected of fraudulent activity or misuse of federal, state or institutional funds.
EICC reserves the right to request and review official transcripts from all prior institution(s) you have attended to determine if you are making Satisfactory Academic Progress.