FAQs about Satisfactory Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress Changes Q & A

Why is there a change?

The U.S. Department of Education recently published new regulations in an effort to ensure program integrity at institutions of higher education participating in federal financial aid programs. Colleges and universities across the nation are required to update their Satisfactory Academic Progress policy to comply with these new regulations.

What has changed about NWTC’s policy?

At the end of the fall 2011 semester the following changes will take effect: 
  • New measurement of progress:  Satisfactory Academic progress will now be evaluated each term using cumulative measurements.  The new measurements are 67 % cumulative rate of completion and 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • New Warning Status:  Students who do not meet the cumulative 67 % completion rate and 2.0 GPA each term will be placed on financial aid WARNING.  Students who do not meet the minimum requirements for a second consecutive term of attendance will not be eligible for financial aid.
  • New Appeal Process:  If a student is no longer eligible for aid, s/he may appeal.  However, new appeal guidelines are much more restrictive and will require more documentation.  Successful appeals will also have more restrictive conditions to maintain eligibility.
  • Transfer Credits:   All transfer credits accepted will be included for purposes of calculating completion rate.
  • Returning to Good Standing:  Students who do not meet the new standards will be required to enroll at their own expense for the number of credits that will allow them to meet the standards.

What will not change?

  • Evaluation period:  NWTC will continue to evaluate Satisfactory Academic progress at the end of each semester or term.
  • Maximum Timeframe:  Students will still have a maximum timeframe of 150% to complete a program. 

When do these changes take effect?

The new policy will take effect at the end of the fall 2011 semester. 

What can I do to maintain my eligibility for financial aid?

The Financial Aid Office encourages all students to become familiar with the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.  Students should be mindful about their course selection and the completion of attempted credits.  It is not necessary to meet with a Financial Aid Advisor; however, if you have further questions the Financial Aid Office is available to assist.

Where can I find the new Satisfactory Academic Progress policy?

NWTC Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy