Satisfactory Academic Progress

According to federal regulations, students must make satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible for financial aid.  To remain eligible for financial aid, students must maintain an overall semester Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.000 or above on a 4.000 scale.  Students must also satisfactorily earn a minimum number of credits applicable toward their degree each semester:


Enrollment Status Number of Hours
Number of Hours
Required to Complete
Full-time 12 or more 9 hours
Three-Quarters (3/4) 9-11 hours 6 hours
Half-Time (1/2) 6-8 hours 6 hours
Less than half-time 1-5 hours 100%


Grades of withdrew (WD), audit (AU), and incomplete (I) are considered unsatisfactory.

Withdrawal and Incomplete grades do count as hours attempted for financial aid purposes.  Repeat classes are considered as hours attempted and completed for financial aid.  Non-credit remedial classes do not count as hours attempted or completed for financial aid purposes.  Credit hours from another institution that are accepted as transfer credit towards the student’s educational program count as both attempted and completed hours.

Academic progress of financial aid recipients will be reviewed at the end of each semester in credit hour programs.  Clock hour program aid recipients will be reviewed after completion of 450 clock hours.  Students who maintain satisfactory academic progress remain eligible for financial aid.  Students who do not meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements will be mailed a notice to their address on file with the State Technical College of Missouri Academic Records Office.

Students who fail to meet one or more of the satisfactory academic progress requirements will be placed on financial aid warning for one semester.  Students failing to meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements at the end of their warning semester will be denied financial aid.  Students who lose their financial aid eligibility may regain eligibility once they complete a minimum of 6 credit hours at State Technical College of Missouri with an overall semester GPA of 2.000 on a 4.000 scale without financial aid assistance.  When students regain financial aid eligibility after being denied financial aid, they will return on financial aid warning.

Students believing they have mitigating circumstances that prevented them from maintaining satisfactory academic progress may request an exception by explaining their circumstances in writing with supporting documentation to the Office of Financial Aid.  Denied requests may be appealed by using the College’s grievance procedure.  If an appeal is granted, students will return on financial aid probation.

Students who attend State Technical College of Missouri without financial assistance, and then apply for assistance, will have to meet the satisfactory progress standards as if they had received assistance from the beginning of their attendance at State Technical College of Missouri.

Students who maintain the standard for academic progress are allowed to receive aid until the maximum credit hour or clock hour limit is reached or the requirements for a current declared major are reached.  Students cannot receive financial aid if they have attempted more than 150% of the credit hours or clock hours required for their degree or certificate.  A student is ineligible when it becomes mathematically impossible for the student to complete their program within 150% of the length of the program.  For example in a credit hour program, in successfully completing a 72 credit hour curriculum, the maximum credit hours for student aid utilization is 108 credit hours.  For clock hour programs, students must complete their program within 150% of the time it normally takes to complete their certificate program, as measured in weeks.  For example, if a student is enrolled in a 1,300 clock hour program scheduled to last 40 weeks, the maximum time frame for a student to complete the program is 60 weeks (40 x 150%).  The student must complete 22 hours per week in order to complete 1,300 hours in 60 weeks.