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General Policy Requirements

Maintaining satisfactory academic progress in an eligible SFCC degree or certificate is one of the basic eligibility requirements the student must meet to be eligible for financial aid at SFCC. The federal financial aid satisfactory academic progress regulations will change effective July 1, 2011.

  1. Complete the minimum number of required credits based on enrollment level per quarter.

  2. Earn a 2.00 cumulative level GPA, evaluated quarterly.
  3. Earn a 2.00 cumulative GPA at the end of the sixth quarter of attendance.

  4. Complete the degree or certificate within the maximum time frame.

  5. Maintain a pace of progression toward the maximum time frame by completing 67% of all attempted credits.

Satisfactory academic progress policy CCS 43-152

The policy applies to ALL periods of enrollment at SFCC whether or not the student previously received financial aid awards. Transfer credits will be used.

Maximum Time Frame

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.

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.

Check on the maximum credits for your two-year degree or certificate below.

Petition for Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility

Students who feel extenuating circumstances prevented them from successfully completing the quarter and/or completing the degree/certificate within the maximum time frame, may request reinstatement of their financial aid eligibility.

SFCC Title IV Code of Conduct

  • The financial aid office at SFCC will process loans in a timely manner. SFCC will not refuse to certify or delay certification based on choice of lender

  • The financial aid office does not contract with any lender and does not receive any staffing assistance from lenders.

  • Students are advised to borrow loans through the federal student loan programs. Private loans will not be packaged or offered from any specific lender.

  • Employees in the financial aid office are prohibited from receiving gifts from lenders, guaranty agencies or loan servicers.

Spokane Falls Community College does not have revenue sharing arrangements with any lender. Advisory boards will not receive compensation from any lender. SFCC prohibits the offer of funds for private loans.

Taking Courses Outside of Your Academic Requirements