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Financial Aid Office

Standards of Academic Progress

Students must make satisfactory progress toward the completion of a certificate or associate degree to be eligible for financial aid. Standards of Academic Progress for Financial Aid Recipients are applied to all students receiving financial assistance after they have attempted 12.9 credits at Delta College. When calculating Standards of Academic Progress, all courses in which a student was enrolled must be considered, even if financial aid was not awarded for all previous semesters. Standards of Academic Progress are checked annually following the completion of the Winter semester for all financial aid programs.

 

Components of Standards of Academic Progress

·         Grade Point Average: Students must earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) consistent with the Academic Status Scale below. In calculating the GPA on this scale, all credits attempted at Delta College are included (grades of A through F, P, NC, I, W, and WI, plus all repeated courses).

Attempted Delta Credits 

Minimum GPA Required 

 0 - 12.9

 0.00

 13 - 23.9

 1.50

 24 - 44.9

 1.75

 45 or more

 2.00

 

·         Completion Rate: Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 67 percent of all credits attempted at Delta College.

o    Completion rate is calculated by dividing the total number of credits earned plus transfer credits accepted toward program completion by the total number of credits attempted plus transfer credits accepted toward program completion.

o    Classes in which students received grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, or P are considered to be satisfactorily completed.

o    Grades of W, WI, (No Credit), F, and I (incomplete) are not considered to be satisfactory completions.

o    For students repeating courses, the lower grade is considered to be an unsatisfactory completion and the higher grade is considered to be satisfactory completion. Federal financial aid can be used to pay for only one repeat of a previously passed course.  

o    For students choosing the Fresh Start option, grades changed to P are considered to be satisfactory completions. Grades changed to NC are unsatisfactory completions. (Students choosing this option should be aware that grades of C-, D+, D, and D-, which are considered satisfactory completions, will be converted to NC grades, which are not satisfactory.)

·         Program Length: A financial aid recipient must complete the certificate or associate degree he or she is pursuing within a specified time frame. This time frame is defined by Federal regulations as 150 percent of the published length of the program. Maximum program length can be determined by multiplying the number of credits required for a program of study by 1.5. For example, if 62 credits are required to complete a specific associate degree, Federal financial aid can be used to pay for no more than 93 credits (62 credits x 1.5 = 93 credits). This includes both attempted and completed credits. Students should consult the Delta College Catalog, Section III, Programs of Study; to determine the number of credits required for their certificate or associate degree program.

o    When students reach the maximum number of credits, financial aid will no longer be available.

o    All semesters are taken into consideration when determining the maximum number of credits, whether or not students received aid during those semesters.

o    All grades (A through F, P, I, NC, W, WI) and repeated courses are counted in determining the maximum number of credits.

o    Transfer credits must be taken into consideration when calculating the maximum number of credits; a maximum of 38 transfer credits can be accepted toward an associate degree. Transfer credits accepted toward a certificate program cannot exceed one-third of the published length of a certificate program.

Students not maintaining Standards of Academic Progress with regard to grade point average, completion rate, program length or a combination of factors will not be eligible for financial aid. A student has the right to appeal for future financial aid if documentable circumstances can be shown to have negatively impacted academic success during a specific semester(s). For more information on Standards of Academic Progress and the financial aid probation appeal process, see the quick links below:

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