Financial Aid GPA & Dismissal
Standards Required by the U.S. Department of Education require students to maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) consistent with graduation requirement and have a 2.0 GPA.
Long Beach City College policy requires students to maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA to be in good academic standing. This standard also applies to financial aid eligibility. All attempted LBCC units and any units transferred into LBCC are included when the cumulative GPA is calculated for financial aid purposes. Any student not meeting this standard will be placed on Warning Status for one semester. If the student’s GPA remains below 2.0 at the end of the warning period, the student will lose financial aid eligibility until the GPA is 2.0 or higher. Eligibility will be automatically reinstated when the student earns a GPA of at least 2.0.
At the end of each semester, student records are reviewed for Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students who are not meeting these guidelines will be placed on one of the following statuses:
- Financial Aid SAP Warning - Students who have not met the SAP standards in the most recent semester will have one semester to meet those standards and will remain eligible for financial aid during that semester. Students will receive an email through their LBCC account and an item on their “TO DO’ list notifying them of their Warning Status.
- Financial Aid SAP Dismissal - Students who are still not meeting SAP at the end of the semester they were given a Warning Status will be disqualified from further financial aid until all SAP standards are met. Students with extraordinary mitigating circumstances beyond their control that prevented them from meeting the SAP standards may submit an appeal in accordance with the procedures listed below.
- Financial Aid Probation – Students on Financial Aid SAP Dismissal status may submit an appeal in accordance with the Appeal Procedures listed below. A student whose appeal is approved is placed on Financial Aid Probation and is eligible for one additional semester of financial aid and must meet all SAP Standards by the end of that semester. Students placed on a Financial Aid Contract (Academic Plan) due to their SAP Appeal, will be approved for one additional semester. Failure to meet minimum SAP standards after Probation and/or after being placed on a Financial Aid Contract will return the student to SAP Dismissal status.