Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid
The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires students to maintain satisfactory progress toward their degree in order to receive financial aid.
Hawkeye Community College 's Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for financial aid apply to all students who want to establish or maintain financial aid eligibility for federal, state, and institutional programs. These include but are not limited to Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal / State Work Study, Iowa Grant, Vocational-Technology Grant, Skilled Workforce Shortage Tuition Grant, Iowa National Guard, Stafford Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized), Parent PLUS Loan for Undergraduate Students, and designated Hawkeye Foundation Scholarships.
These standards apply to a student's entire academic transcript, including terms for which financial aid was not applied for or disbursed including classes taken while in high school.
The academic progress of students is monitored at the end of each academic term.
Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards is a different policy than the Academic Standards for Satisfactory Progress. Academic suspension means you cannot attend nor receive financial aid at Hawkeye. However, you may be suspended from financial aid but not from Hawkeye so please always check with both Academic Affairs and Financial Aid.
Standard 1: Successfully complete at least 2/3 (67%) of the credit hours of which you have cumulatively attempted
Only grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, and D- are counted as meeting the required credit/hours.
The following do not count as completed credits/hours and may affect Satisfactory Academic Progress: failed classes, audited classes, withdrawn classes, incomplete grades, no credit / no pass, and grade requital.
If your incomplete grade is what made you be on warning or suspension, print your grade and bring it to the Financial Aid office for review. To print your grade, go to My Hawkeye > Self-Service Menu > WebAdvisor for Students > Academic Profile > Final Grades & GPA by Term.
Hawkeye will count all credits towards your Satisfactory Academic Progress, but only accept the highest grade obtained.
Standard 2: Complete your program within 150% of the published length of the program measured in credit hours attempted.
Courses taken for, but not limited to audit, credits earned via Institutional Proficiency Exams, Correspondence, Independent Study, and College Level Examination Programs will be included in the measurement of time period allowed for the pursuit of a degree. However, these courses are not eligible for financial aid and do not count toward reinstatement of aid after suspension.
Courses accepted by Hawkeye as transfer credits are included in completion and attempted credits for Satisfactory Academic Progress calculation purposes.
Standard 3: Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 at all times
Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 at all times as defined by the Academic Standards for Satisfactory Progress. This is monitored by the Academic Affairs office.
If you do not meet this standard, you will be suspended from Hawkeye and you will also lose your financial aid eligibility.
See the Financial Aid Handbook for the full
Satisfactory Academic Progress policy
After one term of not complying with the Financial Aid Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress, you will be placed on warning status. You will be notified via your Hawkeye email.
This is a warning that you must meet the satisfactory academic progress standards for financial aid during your next term of enrollment.
While on warning status you will be eligible to receive financial aid unless other financial aid withdrawal guidelines apply.
However, if after one subsequent term you fail to meet any of the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for financial aid, you will be placed on suspension status.
If you have been placed on warning status due to a grade reported in error or reported late, complete the appropriate year Warning Review Request form and submit to the Financial Aid office. Grades that were previously Incomplete and are now complete with a passing grade, are NOT considered to be a grade reported in error or reported late. Those changes will be factored into the next calculation (the end of the next semester you attend). Your financial aid status will not be updated at this time.
If you have been placed on warning status because you are approaching 150% of the published required length of your program in cumulative credits attempted, complete the appropriate year 150% Warning Review Request form and submit to the Financial Aid office.
After a second term of not complying with the satisfactory academic standards for financial aid you will be placed on suspension status. You will be notified via your Hawkeye email.
Once on suspension status, you will not be eligible to receive financial aid.
If you receive a zero completion rate in any term at Hawkeye, you will not receive one term of warning status, but will automatically be placed on suspension status.
It is your responsibility to monitor and keep track of your academic progress and to notify the Financial Aid office of any grade changes.
If you have been placed on suspension status due to a grade reported in error or reported late, complete the appropriate year Suspension Review Request form and submit to the Financial Aid office.
Appeal Process and Reinstatement
You may appeal your suspension status. If the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Committee approves your appeal, your financial aid may be reinstated.
You are on probation status if your Financial Aid Suspension appeal has been approved AND it is possible for you to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for financial aid within your next term of enrollment.
Once on probation status, you will be eligible to receive financial aid.
If you do not meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for financial aid at the end of the term you will be placed back on suspension status.
Academic Plan Status
If you were placed on suspension status, your appeal has been approved, and it is determined that you will not be able to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for financial aid in the next term, you will be placed on Academic Plan Status.
While on Academic Plan Status, you will need to meet with your academic advisor at the end of every term until you graduate to complete the Academic Plan Compliance form.
Each semester, the Financial Aid office will send you an email to your Hawkeye email notifying you that the Academic Plan Compliance form is available and the deadline by which you must have the Academic Plan Compliance form completed and returned to the Financial Aid office.
We will use the Academic Plan Compliance form to determine if you are meeting the terms of your academic plan. If you are not meeting the plan, you will be placed on suspension status and will need to complete another Financial Aid Suspension Appeal if you wish to receive financial aid.
If at any time you are no longer following the plan and making academic progress, you will again be placed on suspension status.