Maintaining Aid Eligibility

In order to continue receiving financial aid,  you must maintain satisfactory academic progress. This means you need to uphold a good GPA and complete classes while making progress towards successful completion of a degree/certificate. Click here for more information about the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

> GPA
You must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

> Completion Rate
You must maintain a cumulative completion rate of 66.67%.

> Degree Progress
Aid eligibility is limited to 150% of a program's credit length (approximately 135 credits for two-year degree and 75 for one-year certficate) even if a degree is not earned.

Follow your progress, click here for the SAP Policy flow.

Frequently Asked Questions

What tools does COCC have to help students keep on track?

GradTracks is a tool to help you track their progress. GradTracks helps you see how completed courses are applied towards their degree/certificate and what requirments and courses are needed to graduate.

How does dropping classes affect aid eligibility?

Dropping or auditing a class or all classes will always impact aid eligibility. It can keep you from making satisfactory academic progress towards your degree/certificate. You could  lose your aid eligibility and be required to pay financial aid back.

Why is keeping aid eligibility so important?

When you fail to meet the eligibility standards from a good standing status, for either completion rate and/or GPA, an automatic WARNING status is enforced. You will be asked to completed a document acknowledging this change in status and the potential impact it may have on aid eligibility. If in WARNING status fails to meet the cumulative minimum standards for another term, you becomes ineligible for aid.

So what happens if I do not maintain eligibility?

If you are in warning status and fail to meet the cumulative minimums at the end of the next evaluation period, you will not be eligible for any federal aid. This will include grants, work-study loans and institutional awards.

Please note
Each students situation is different. So if you are unsure of how dropping, auditing or flunking classes will hurt your aid eligibility, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

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