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Maintaining Financial Aid Eligibility

To remain eligible for financial aid, a student must meet the Standards of Academic Progress for Financial Aid, which are different from those described in the Scholastic Information section of the Current Students page. A student's scholastic records are reviewed at the end of each term to determine if he/she is making satisfactory progress. This review includes all periods of the student's enrollment, even those for which the student did not receive financial aid.

Students receiving financial aid must continually be aware of their grades. A student who is placed on financial aid probation or suspension may be notified in writing by the Financial Aid Office; however, failure to receive such notification does not change the student's financial aid status.

Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress

Students must maintain at least a 2.0 Financial Aid Grade Point Average (GPA) in each term for which aid is approved and must also maintain at least a 2.0 Financial Aid Cumulative GPA for all courses taken. Both credit and developmental education courses are included in these calculations. Transfer students begin enrollment at TSTC in good standing and their progress is monitored from that point forward. See "Grade Point Averages" and "Scholastic Standing" in the Academic Information section for more details.

In addition, students must successfully complete the number of credits outlined in the following chart, based on the hours they attempt each term. Successful completion means a student has received a minimum grade of D. Courses in which students receive grades of F, IP (in progress), and W (withdrawal) are not considered completed courses. See "Grading Standards" in the Academic Information section of the college catalog.

Credit Hours Attempted

Minimum Credit Hours to be Completed
More than 12 credit hours

9 to 12 credit hours

8 credits
6 to 8 credit hours

6 credits
Less than 6 credit hours


Students enrolled in required remediation (developmental education) as indicated by placement testing or as recommended by counseling, may receive financial aid for no more than 27 semester hours of remedial courses. All remedial courses attempted, including failures, incompletes, and withdrawals are counted toward the 27-semester hour maximum. Courses that are repeated are not funded, unless the courses are needed to meet graduation requirements. Audited courses, continuing education courses, workforce training courses, and those courses for which a student enrolls after the official class day are not considered for funding.

When students do not complete the required amount of hours or achieve the required grade point average to maintain financial aid, they are placed on financial aid probation. In an effort to prohibit students from losing their financial aid due to being placed on financial aid suspension, the Student Counselor works with the Financial Aid Officers to give students a second chance by clarifying their understanding of the probation/suspension process. This second chance is known as Financial Aid Loan Access Program (FLAP) Counseling. The Student Counselor counsels with students, telling them exactly what is required of them to keep their financial aid; the students sign a contract and agree to follow-up sessions throughout the semester with the Student Counselor.

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