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Financial Aid and Academic Progress

Students receiving financial aid from institutionally controlled or administered aid programs must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to sustain their eligibility for that assistance.

The academic records of all aid applicants will be checked prior to the initial award of aid for an academic year. The Office of Student Financial Aid will tentatively deny aid to students who have not satisfied the applicable criteria specified in the following paragraphs of this section.

1. Any student receiving aid from the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal College Work-Study (FWS) Federal Student Loan, state or institutional aid programs, who is attempting non-credit (Learning Support) course work, may receive student financial assistance for not more than three attempts in a particular academic discipline or area (English, mathematics, reading/study skills). Expenses for any additional non-credit course work must be borne by the student. A Learning Support course will be considered as attempted if the student receives any letter grade or is awarded a W, W/P, W/F, F, IP, S or U for the course.

2. Students receiving financial assistance from any Georgia Highlands College program must earn a 2.0 grade point average and satisfactorily complete at least 67% of the semester credit hours attempted. Failures, incompletes, withdrawals and course drops (indicated on the transcript by the grade of F, W, or W/F) are considered to be coursework attempted but not satisfactorily completed.

3. Students receiving aid for a Georgia Highlands College program must earn no grade less than a C while carrying a course load of at least four semester hours during the first semester enrolled following Academic Probation/Academic Dismissal. These criteria must be met during all semesters attended until the academic action is cleared.

4. Financial aid will be tentatively denied to any student who has earned credit hours, which meet or exceed the number required for Associate Degrees awarded by Georgia Highlands College, regardless of the student's academic progress. Students in this category will be required to justify the necessity for further course work before aid will be awarded.

5. Otherwise eligible students will receive no assistance after attempting the equivalent of six semesters of full-time course work, excluding audits and learning support courses.

6. Student financial aid cannot be awarded for audited courses.

Page last updated: March 11, 2010