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Financial Aid Policies

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal regulations require that institutions of higher education establish minimum standards of "Satisfactory Academic Progress" (SAP) for potential and current financial aid recipients. The purpose of measuring and enforcing these standards is to ensure financial aid recipients progress toward graduation. Financial Aid Applicants must comply with the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy as a condition of initial or continued eligibility. Students who fail to meet the SAP requirements become ineligible to receive financial aid until they are in compliance with these regulations. If you are ineligible for financial aid because you have not met SAP standards, you may have the right to submit an appeal (see appeal process information listed below). Please note that sitting out for an enrollment period or paying for your classes out-of-pocket is insufficient to regain eligibility for aid. The only way to regain aid eligibility without submitting a SAP appeal is by meeting the SAP criteria found in the link(s) below. Please note that your prior academic progress will be measured to determine your eligibility. Our office will review SAP at the end of each payment period (fall, spring and summer).

Special Circumstances

Students and their families may face situations where the original application information does not accurately reflect their current circumstances and ability to pay for college. When students apply for financial aid, the financial data elements on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) reflect the previous year's earnings of students and their parents, as reported on their federal income tax.

The FAFSA is considered to be a "snapshot" of the family's financial situation as of the date it is submitted. The expected family contribution (EFC) is calculated according to a federal formula that uses the household and financial information to determine a student/and or family's financial strength. The EFC represents the portion of a student's and their family's financial resources that can reasonably be expected to pay for college.

If you or your family’s current income situation is different than information reported on the FAFSA, please contact our office for more information concerning whether or not you may qualify for special circumstances consideration.

Appeals are reviewed in the order they are received. The process for review and follow-up can take up to 60-days depending on volume.

Gainful Employment

In order to be eligible for federal student aid, a certificate program must prepare students for "gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The "gainful employment" certificate programs listed below are eligible for Title IV federal student aid.