Renewal and Satisfactory Progress
To make satisfactory progress toward a degree and to remain in good academic standing, a student must meet two criteria:
- Pass 67% of the courses attempted each semester. The chart below gives examples of completion requirements for attempted hours.
Hours Attempted Requirement 3 Three Hours 6 Five Hours 9 Seven Hours 12 Nine Hours 15 Eleven Hours
- Achieve the minimum cumulative grade point average indicated below for the number of hours earned.
|Class Standing||Credit Hours||Minimum Cumulative GPA|
Students who fail to meet these requirements will be placed on Academic Probation and granted one semester to regain eligibility. Students will retain their eligibility for federal aid during this probationary period. A student will not be allowed to maintain Title IV eligibility beyond 185 attempted credit hours (150% of Limestone College's graduation requirements).
After being placed on probation, a student must complete four regular academic courses (12 semester hours) within one semester and achieve the appropriate Grade Point Average as stated above. Probation is automatically removed when the student meets the criteria for satisfactory progress. If the student fails to achieve good academic standing, the student will be suspended from the College.
Students who fail to achieve the minimum academic standards of the College will lose eligibility for Federal Aid. The Federal Title IV aid affected includes:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Work-Study
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
- Federal Stafford Loans, subsidized and unsubsidized
- Federal PLUS Loans
A student who is suspended from the College and who loses Federal Aid will, however, be afforded the opportunity to appeal if there are mitigating circumstances. To appeal a suspension and loss of Federal Aid, the student must write to The Appeals Committee. The letter should be a very well written, typed, business letter. If the student is not familiar with writing a business letter, he/she is advised to seek assistance. In the body of the letter, the student should explain why his/her Grade Point Average has fallen below the minimums, what he/she will do to ensure that the Grade Point Average will improve to meet the minimum standards, and request to be reinstated to the academic program and to receive Federal Title IV aid. A student must also complete an "Appeal of Financial Aid Consequence of Unsatisfactory Progress" and return it to the Director of Financial Aid.
The decisions of the Appeals Committee are guided by the Federal Government mandate which states that a student who is not meeting minimum academic standards is not eligible to receive Title IV aid. The Appeals Committee will make one of three decisions. The three decisions are:
- Denial - The student's suspension is upheld. When this decision is rendered, the student may reapply to The Appeals Committee after sitting out for one semester. After one semester, should the Committee's decision be to readmit the student, the student may or may not receive Title IV aid.
- Readmit without Title IV aid.
- Readmit with Title IV aid. To be readmitted with Title IV aid, the reason the student failed to meet minimum academic standards must involve an extenuating circumstance such as (but not limited to) one or more of the following: death of an immediate family member, personal or immediate family member's illness, divorce or legal separation, or change in work schedule. If the student is permitted to return to the College with or without Title IV aid, the student remains on probation and has only one semester to meet minimum academic standards.