Students are required to make satisfactory academic progress to receive financial aid from all programs, including loans, except for the Fee Waiver (Board of Governors' Grant). Pending state legislation is expected to establish academic requirements for this program as well.
LBCC's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requires that you maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a cumulative successful completion rate of 67%. This means that you need a C average for all of the classes you attempt and at least a D grade in 67% of all your classes regardless of whether you receive financial aid for them. Academic progress is reviewed once per year at the end of the Spring semester. An academic progress calculator is available in Tools for Students to help you find your successful completion rate.
If you fail to make satisfactory academic progress you'll be suspended from financial aid. Currently if you're eligible, you will remain eligible for the fee waiver that pays your enrollment fees. When you have attained the cumulative standard you must see a Financial Aid Specialist to be reinstated.
If some situation outside of your control such as an illness caused your academic problem, you have the right to submit a written appeal (Petition for Reinstatement) of the suspension. In your appeal you'll be required to explain what happened and what you have done to correct the problem or what has changed. The Financial Aid Counselor reviewing your Petition has three options. (1) He or she can deny your appeal. You must see an FA Specialist for reinstatement when you reach the cumulative standard. If you have more to add to your appeal, you can schedule an in-person appeal with the Financial Aid Appeals Committee which will make a final decision. (2) The Counselor can approve your appeal and place you on Financial Aid Probation if he/she feels you can reach the cumulative standard in one semester. (3) The FA Counselor can approve your appeal but because it will take you longer than one semester to achieve the cumulative standard place you on an Academic Plan.
You must be able to achieve a 2.0 cumulative standard and a 67% successful completion rate by the time you have attempted 150% of your educational goal to have your appeal considered. For instance if you are in a transfer program requiring 60 units and you have already completed 85 units with a 1.8 GPA, you cannot mathematically reach a 2.0 GPA by the time you have completed 90 units (150% of 60). In that case the FA Counselor has no choice but to deny the appeal. An appeal of that decision can't be made.
If you are placed on Financial Aid Probation or an Academic Plan your grades will be reviewed at the end of every semester. For Probation this means one semester. On an Academic Plan you'll be given until the 150% point for your program to reach the cumulative requirements. You'll be returned to good standing if you reach it earlier. Every semester you are either on Probation or an Academic Plan, you must successfully complete at least 75% of your classes and earn a GPA of at least 2.75. If you fail to reach either of these marks in a semester you will be suspended from financial aid. There is no appeal of this second suspension.
The federal limit for units attempted is 150% of your educational goal. For instance, if a student is enrolled in a transfer program requiring 60 units, 150% equals 90 units attempted. The 150% number varies with different programs.
As a result LBCC's Academic Progress Policy requires that all students who have completed 60 units or more by the end of the Fall semester to submit a Petition for Extension the following school year to continue to receive financial aid. We want to insure that students are taking the right courses to successfully complete their program by the time they reach the 150% mark. We don't want to suddenly deny students financial aid without warning. The FA Counselor will review your academic progress and course selection and may approve or deny some or all of the classes in your plan based on relevance to your program. You can appeal to the counselor to explain your class selection. In a limited number of cases students will be allowed to exceed 150% if he or she has taken supporting but not required or extensive prerequisite classes.