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, WNP, WCV

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

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.

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. Credits transferred to North Central State College and any credits attempted at North Central State College, with or without the benefit of financial aid, must be taken into consideration.
  3. 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.
  4. If at any point in time the Financial Aid Office determines that the student cannot complete their program within the 150% timeframe, the student will be immediately suspended from future financial aid for the remainder of their program

Consequence of noncompliance: Financial aid eligibility terminated