Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid

Those applying for or receiving financial aid at North Central State College are expected to make Satisfactory Academic Progress toward receiving a degree or eligible certificate. Lack of such progress will result in the termination of eligibility to receive financial aid at the College.

Financial aid programs covered by these standards

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • Federal Work-Study employment (FWS)
  • Federal Dirent Student Loans (both Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loans
  • North Central State College Scholarships

Accumulative: relating to the total of all credit hours in which a student has ever enrolled at the College

Credit hours attempted: those in which a student is enrolled at the end of the College’s 100% refund period

Credit hours earned: those in which a student has received passing grade

Passing grades: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, P

Non-passing grades: F, NP, W, I

Part I Standard – First time enrollees

Requirement: Earn at least one credit hour in the first term of enrollment at the College

Consequence of noncompliance: Financial aid eligibility suspended

Part II Standards – GPA and Completion Percentage


  1. Earn an Accumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least a 2.00
  2. Earn passing grades in 67 percent of accumulative credit hours attempted

Consequences of noncompliance with either standard:

  • First term – placed on Financial Aid Warning
  • Second consecutive term enrolled – Financial Aid Suspended
Part III Standard – Maximum Time Frame (150 Percent Rule) 


  1. Earn degree or eligible certificate within 150 percent of the minimum number of credit hours required to earn the degree/certificate
  2. Irrespective of number of credit hours attempted, the maximum time frame is reached when requirements for a student’s first financial aid eligible credential are met.

Consequence of noncompliance: Financial aid eligibility terminated

Regaining eligibility

Those whose financial aid eligibility has been terminated because of these standards may regain eligibility by:

  • Bringing one’s academic record into compliance with the standards; or
  • Submitting a written appeal to the College and receiving approval of the appeal.