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Financial Aid

Maintaining Eligibility

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed each year to maintain eligibility. Each October the new application will become available, and it’s up to the student to complete it for the upcoming fall semester.

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress

To remain eligible for financial aid, students must progress toward completing their academic programs. Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is checked at the time your FAFSA results are received and at the end of each academic term. All coursework, including repeated coursework, withdrawn classes and remedial coursework, is included in the SAP calculation. SAP standards are reviewed and have to be met each term:

  1. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above; AND
  2. A 67 percent or above completion rate of your passed and attempted hours. Your completion rate is calculated by dividing the number of basic education and undergraduate cumulative passed hours by the number of cumulative hours attempted; AND   
  3. Attempted credits for your first financial aid eligible program show that you can complete that program within the maximum timeframe (150 percent) of that programs length or your attempted credits for an additional financial aid eligible program show that you can complete that program within the maximum timeframe (100 percent) of that programs length; AND
  4. Pass at least one attempted course within your most recent term of enrollment with a grade of "‘D" or better.

Outlined below is a description of each possible SAP status and action for resolution.
                               

Satisfactory Academic Progress will be evaluated at the end of each semester. A complete description of the financial aid SAP policy is available in the current Aims Community College catalog and in the Financial Aid office. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress policy differs from the Academic Standards Policy. 

Return of Federal Financial Aid

Financial Aid Penalty for Drug Violations

By law, some students who have drug-related convictions under any federal or state law during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV aid (grants, loans or work-study assistance) may be ineligible for federal student aid. According to the law, if you are convicted of a drug-related offense, you may face these restrictions:

Any student who has lost eligibility for federal Title IV funds including grants, loans or work-study assistance, as a result of penalties under 484(r) (1), will receive a separate, clear and conspicuous written notice. This notice will notify the student of the loss of eligibility and advise the student of the ways to regain eligibility under 484 (r) (2) of the HEA.

Regaining Eligibility after a Drug Conviction.- A student whose eligibility has been suspended may resume eligibility before the end of the stated ineligibility period if either (a) the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program and passes two unannounced drug tests or (b) the conviction is reversed, set aside or removed from the student's record.

Effective July 1, 2010, the HEOA adds a new provision at section 484(r) (2) (B) of the HEA that allows a student whose eligibility has been suspended due to a drug conviction to resume eligibility if the student successfully passes two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program that complies with criteria established by the Secretary of Education. Students must provide documentation of this completion to the Financial Aid office.