2011-12 Satisfactory Academic Progress

NOTE: This policy was in affect for any student receiving aid in 2011-12 or earlier. Aid recipients for 2011-12 and applicants for 2012-13 had their aid eligibility for 2012-13 measured at the conclusion of spring 2012 based on the new, revised Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. All reviews during and after 2012-13 will continue to use this revised policy.

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Federal financial aid funds are awarded with the understanding that students, after the second year of enrollment, will maintain a minimum of a 2.0 college GPA. Federal aid is also limited to one-and-a-half times the length of the program for a full-time student (i.e., students have the equivalent of three full-time years to complete an associate degree and the equivalent of six full-time years to complete a bachelor's degree).

At the end of spring quarter 2011, the academic records of all students who received or applied for federal financial aid were reviewed. Students who failed to make progress were sent an email notifying them that they are no longer eligible to receive federal financial aid funds and providing options for restoring eligibility.

Full Details of the 2011-12 (and prior) UC Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Federal Aid (Title IV) Programs

Additionally, students (employees, spouses, domestic partners, or dependents) receiving UC tuition remission are subject to a specific tuition remission satisfactory progress policy related to their eligibility for receiving that benefit. Though the remission progress policy mirrors the federal policy, there are some slight differences and a separate appeal process.

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While some students do not meet the GPA requirement, students more often place their aid eligibility in jeopardy by withdrawing from, receiving incomplete (I) grades in, or otherwise not satisfactorily completing their coursework.

Progress is not a measurement of going full-time or part-time. It is not a race to the degree. Register only for a course load you can handle. Concern for meeting the progress standard is most often due to registering for courses yet not successfully completing them.

NOTE POLICY CHANGE: Aid recipients for 2011-12 and applicants for 2012-13 had their aid eligibility for 2012-13 measured at the conclusion of spring 2012 based on the new, revised Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. The policy is current in effect. Please review the revised policy measures carefully to ensure you can maintain your financial aid eligibility in future annual reviews.