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Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

General Policy Requirements

The Financial Aid Office is required to track your progress toward degree completion. If your financial aid is in good standing, you will be eligible for financial aid funds until you have attempted 125% of the published credits required for your stated certificate or degree, the Maximum Timeframe. All attempted courses count for this calculation including those with "I", "W" or "Z", 0.0 grades, repeated classes and transfer credits. You are limited to 45 attempted remedial (under 100 level) credits.

Students who have attempted the maximum number of credits for their current degree or certificate will be placed on Too Many Credits Hold and will not be eligible for any grants, loans or work study funding.

Check on the maximum credits for your Two Year Degree or Certificate, go to the SFCC website at and click on apply for Financial Aid, then on Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

Students who have earned a bachelor's degree are automatically placed on Too Many Credits Hold. Students who have received Ford Direct or Stafford loans as a junior or senior in college will also be placed on Too Many Credits hold.

Two Year Program Requirements

Title Degree Maximum Credits Allowed
Administrative Computer Specialist AAS 118
Administrative Secretary AAS 120
Associate of Arts / Associate of Science AA 113
Audio Technology AAS 132
Associate of Science Transfer AST 113
Business (General) AAS 113
Addiction Studies AAS 114
Credit & Financial Management AAS 113
Early Childhood Education AAS 116
Education Paraprofessional AAS 115
Fashion Merchandising AAS 119
Fine Arts AFA 113
Fine Arts - Certificate 2D CFA 113
Fine Arts - Certificate 3D CFA 113
Gerontology Paraprofessional AAS 116
Graphic Design AAS 133
Health Fitness Technician AAS 113
Hearing Instrument Specialist AAS 127
Information Processing AAS 127
Information Technology AAS 118
Interior Design AAS 130
Interpreter Training/Deafness AAS 145
Library Technician AAS 117
Management AAS 113
Marketing AAS 118
Othotics & Occupational Therapy AAS 115
Othotics & Prosthetics Technician AAS 165
Photography AAS 133
Physical Therapist Assistant AAS 128
Retail Management AAS 120
Small Business Management AAS 113
Social Services AAS 116
Web Design AAS 130

One Year Program Requirements

Title Certificate Maximum Credits Allowed
Audio Technology Certificate 61
Brief Computing Software Applications   Not Eligible
Business and Software Applications Certificate 55
Business Occupations Certificate 73
Addiction Studies Certificate 78
Child Care Administration Specialist Certificate 31
Computer & Network Support Certificate 50
Computer Forensics/Network Security Certificate 50
Computing Software Applications Certificate 51
Credit & Financial Management Certificate 58
Early Childhood Education Certificate 75
Education Paraprofessional Certificate 56
Family Child Care Specialist Certificate 34
Gerontology Paraprofessional Certificate 60
Hearing Instrument Specialist Ass't Certificate 54
Interior Design Professional Diploma 58
Internet Certificate 51
Interpreter Training/Deafness Certificate 60
Management Certificate 62
Networking Certificate 50
Office Assistant Certificate 60
Orthotics Certificate 83
Prosthetics Certificate 83
Real Estate   Not Eligible
Retail Management Certificate 61
School Library Media Tech Certificate 51