Maintaining Eligibility

Maintaining Eligibility

Mid-State Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Continued Assistance
Federal regulations require that schools monitor the academic progress of students.  This policy applies to all students accepted into undergraduate programs pursuing an associate degree or technical diploma.  It includes all periods of enrollment even if the student did not receive financial aid.  Students can receive aid only for classes that are required for their program.

To continue to receive financial assistance for each term, a student must progress toward the attainment of a degree or diploma in an approved program by meeting the following standards:

  • GPA: Cumulative 2.0 or higher
  • Pace: Must complete 67% of all classes ever attempted at Mid-State Technical College.
    • Attempted Credits:Must include withdrawals (W), incompletes (IC), in-progress (IP) repetitions (R) and transfer credits (TR).  Due to the cumulative nature of these requirements, it is very important that students take adding and dropping of classes under careful consideration.
    • Financial Aid Repeating a Course: Any course in which a ā€œDā€ or better grade was received may not be repeated to qualify for financial aid unless a higher grade is required by the individual academic program in which case only one repeat is allowable.
  • Maximum timeframe:  Successfully complete the program before attempting more than 150% of the credits required for graduation.  Example: A program that requires 68 credits for graduation.  68 credits x 150% = 102.  Students are not eligible for aid at the point when they cannot mathematically complete their program within the 150% timeframe. A Financial Aid Career Plan may be an option.

Financial Aid Warning ā€“ If students do not meet the above standards, they will be placed on financial aid warning for one semester to allow them to get back in good standing.  During that warning semester, students are still eligible for financial aid but must meet the standards at the end of the term or face suspension.  Students on warning are strongly encouraged to utilize the services provided by Mid-State such as the Learning Commons, tutoring, and counseling to help them be successful.

Financial Aid Suspension ā€“ Students who do not meet the above standards after the warning term, will be suspended from receiving future financial aid.  If there are extenuating circumstances, students have the right to submit a Petition for Reinstatement for one semester.