This is based upon two areas of progress: “pace” and “maximum time frame”.

Pace is defined as the rate at which attempted academic credits are successfully completed.  This is calculated by taking the cumulative number of hours successfully completed and dividing by the cumulative number of hours attempted. Grades of “W”, “F” and “I” count as attempted hours.  Transfer hours that appear on your transcript are also included.

A student must be successfully completing 67% of all hours attempted.  The calculation will be rounded to the closest whole number.

Maximum Time Frame allowed to complete your degree (including transfer hours) is 150% of the normal time frame.  Repeated courses are counted against the maximum time frame.

  • Certificate Program of 36 hours must be completed within 54 attempted hours.
  • Associate program of 60 hours, students must complete within 90 attempted hours.

A student who completes the academic requirements for a program but does not yet have the degree or certificate is not eligible for further additional federal student aid funds for that program.

Post-graduate work (credits taken after receiving first degree including a second associate’s or an associate’s degree after receiving a bachelor’s degree) must be completed within 60 hours of post-graduate work.  Since all classes attempted will count toward the 60-hour limit, students should meet with their academic advisors to determine what classes are required for completion of the second degree.

Students who receive academic forgiveness for previous course work will continue to have all attempted credit hours and all earned grades that are included on academic record considered as part of the evaluation of satisfactory academic progress for financial aid.