Satisfactory Academic Progress

Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress

Your academic success is important. Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress is necessary for you to realize the full benefit of the opportunities provided you through the Federal Financial Aid Program. Please take time to read our Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. It can vary from one academic year to another. If you have any questions, please contact us.

2016-2017 Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
2017-2018 Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy


Regained eligibility from Fall to Spring
If your fall grades have increased your overall GPA to a 2.00 and/or course completion rate to 67% of higher, you can ask for your Satisfactory Academic Progress status to be reviewed federal aid eligibility for spring.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals

When a student loses federal student aid eligibility because they failed to make satisfactory academic progress, he or she may appeal that result on the basis of: his injury or illness, the death of a relative, or other special circumstances. The appeal must explain why they failed to make satisfactory progress and what has changed in their situation that will allow them to make satisfactory progress at the next evaluation.

If you have lost federal aid eligibility and have a special circumstance that you can document, you may request to appeal the exclusion. There are several steps to the process:

  1. Check to be sure financial aid file is complete through My NWACC Connection
  2. Attend a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Workshop-see below for information
  3. Complete appeal form and gather documentation
  4. Make an appointment to see advisor
  5. Turn in the appeal form by email or in person to the Financial Aid Office

Appeal Workshop Information

Attending a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Workshop is the first step in the appeal process. Workshop attendance is mandatory to appeal and are held in SC205A. The workshop will cover the resources available to students, the appeal process and appeal forms are handed out at the end. You must register for a workshop. 

All regular fall appeal workshops are full. We will schedule some late appeal workshops in September. Students that are on exclusion for GPA and/or course completion rate must only be enrolled in regular 16 week classes (no part of term classes). In addition, students must setup a payment plan by August 15th to hold their classes. Check back here on September 8th for sign up information.


Satisfactory Academic Process Appeal Workshop

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