Standards for Academic Progress

Federal regulations require NWF State College to establish Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress as a general eligibility requirement for financial assistance. A student must maintain satisfactory academic progress in a course of study regardless of whether the student previously received financial aid.

There are three parts to the SAP rules:
  1. You must maintain a 2.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). This is includes all course work you have taken at NWF State College or any college or university (this includes college level classes taken during high school), regardless of whether or not you received financial aid for those classes.

  2. You must successfully complete at least 67% of all of the classes in which you have enrolled. This includes all the course work you have taken at NWF State College or any college or university (this includes dual enrollment classes), regardless of whether or not you received financial aid for those classes.

  3. You must not exceed the maximum time frame rule of attempting more than 150% of the credits required for your degree of certificate program.

You will not be eligible to receive financial aid once you have attempted more than 150% of the normal credits required for your degree or certificate program. For example, a student in a 60 credit hour program can attempt 90 credit hours (60 hours times 150%). An example of a Bachelor program is 120 credits; 150% of that program would be 180 credit hours. If you have questions about your program’s maximum eligibility, please contact Student Services or the Financial Aid Office. Notice: The total credits counted in this calculation include all credits attempted by you, regardless of whether you received financial aid for those classes. This includes those attempted from other schools, and those that might have been failed, withdrawn, or repeated. A student who has exceeded this standard is no longer eligible for financial aid whether or not items one or two (above) were met.

NOTE: Once you graduate from your program you are no longer eligible for federal financial aid. any federal aid available will be deleted after add/drop. if you do not drop your classes, you will be billed for payment.

For more information, please review the Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress.

If you feel that you had extenuating circumstances beyond your control that caused you to be unable to successfully meet federal financial aid standards, then you may take the following assessment to see if you are eligible to submit an appeal to the Financial Aid Office.


Question 1

Did you have extenuating circumstances that prevented your successful academic progress?

Question 2

Was your extenuating circumstance an illness of self?

Question 3

Was your extenuating circumstance a death in your immediate family? Immediate family is defined as a parent, spouse or child.

Question 4

Were you called to active military duty?

Question 1

Other documentable emergency circumstances that is considered a major life event and is non-recurring?

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Currently you are ineligible to appeal for the reinstatement of your federal financial aid. If you have further questions, please review the Standards of Progress policies on the NWFSC Website: (link the policy)

Federal guidelines for the earning and disbursement of Financial Aid must be achieved before NWFSC can disburse your aid. These standards are a 2.0 cumulative GPA, 67% successful completion rate, and not earned over 150% of the credit hours required for the degree. Financial aid is earned and kept through meeting these federally mandated standards.
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You must provide a letter from your attending physician stating:

  1. Date of occurrence
  2. That the illness is no longer expected to prevent satisfactory academic progress

Download the Standards of Progress Financial Aid Appeal Form [pdf]

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You must provide a copy of the death certificate, obituary, or funeral notice, and proof of relationship.

Download the Standards of Progress Financial Aid Appeal Form [pdf]
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You must provide a copy of your military orders.

Download the Standards of Progress Financial Aid Appeal Form [pdf]
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You must provide a verification of natural disaster, or other personal tragedy document, issued by a professional third party such as a police report or court document.

Download the Standards of Progress Financial Aid Appeal Form.
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Currently you are ineligible to appeal for Federal Aid. If you have further questions, please review the Standards of Progress polices on the NWFSC Website (link website)