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Suspension status will remain in effect for future enrollment periods until such time as the student meets all satisfactory academic progress standards. Neither paying for one’s classes nor sitting out any length of time affects a student’s Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standing so neither is sufficient to re-establish financial aid eligibility. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the Financial Aid Office that their course work meets the minimum standards and to request that their financial aid be reviewed for reinstatement. Additional Standards—Transfer students who apply for financial aid may also be evaluated for satisfactory progress. If a student received financial aid at another institution (according to the National Student Loan Data System), the Financial Aid Office may request transcripts from each college the student attended in order to complete the evaluation of academic progress. Students may also be required to complete an Academic Plan prior to receiving financial aid funds and continued financial aid eligibility will be dependent upon whether the student follows the requirements laid out in the student’s Academic Plan. Appeal and Reinstatement—Students may appeal their suspension status by submitting a Financial Aid Suspension Appeal Form and an Academic Plan Form to the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Suspension Appeal Form may be picked up at the Financial Aid Office. The student must provide a detailed explanation of the circumstances that prevented them from meeting the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress and include documentation verifying the situation. Those students who appeal will also be required, as part of the appeal process, to submit and agree to the terms of an Academic Plan. The Academic Plan will specify the steps the student will have to take to get back in good standing. The plan may have stipulations (i.e. limit the credits enrolled, require time in the Learning Center, define the courses to enroll, etc.) that the student must follow. The Academic Plan Form must be picked up from and completed with the student’s Advisor. Modifications may not be made to an Academic Plan once it has been submitted or approved. Appeals will only be reviewed for the first 30 calendar days of the regular semester start date but should be submitted as soon as possible. Appeals turned in after that time will be reviewed for a future term as specified on the Academic Plan. It is strongly recommended that all appeal forms be submitted as soon possible so that appeal results can be communicated to the student prior to the end of the 100% tuition and fee refund deadline. Students who have their appeal denied after the 100% tuition and fee refund deadline will be responsible for the full semester payment, including any book or other charges incurred. The Financial Aid Academic Review Committee will consider the appeal and notify the student of the decision in writing. Notification will occur no later than fifteen days after the Financial Aid Suspension Appeal Form and Academic Plan are received from the student, or after all semester grades are in, whichever is later. Academic Plan Status—A student who is placed on Academic Plan status has failed to make Satisfactory Academic Progress but has had their eligibility for financial aid conditionally reinstated as a result of a successful appeal. The continued eligibility of this Academic Plan status is dependent upon whether or not the student follows the requirements laid out in the student’s Academic Plan. Students whose appeal has been approved will conditionally regain eligibility for financial aid under the Academic Plan Status. • Continued eligibility will be dependent upon whether the student follows the Academic Plan. • The Academic Plan will be reviewed after each term of enrollment to determine if the student is successfully following the Academic Plan. o Students who follow the Academic Plan after each term will maintain their financial aid eligibility until the student regains compliance with the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards, or until the student fails to meet the Academic Plan requirements. o Students who do not follow the Academic Plan after each term will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension and will no longer be eligible to receive financial aid. • Students who follow the requirements in the Academic Plan but the Academic Plan ends prior to the student regaining compliance with the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension and will no longer be eligible to receive financial aid. Students whose appeal has been denied will remain on Financial Aid Suspension and will not be eligible to receive aid and must pay tuition and fees in future terms. Students who are on suspension and wish to regain financial aid eligibility will be required to bring their course work up to the minimum standards at their own expense. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the Financial Aid Office that their course work meets the minimum standards and to request that their financial aid be reviewed for reinstatement. Students may appeal again if circumstances have changed. Example: student successfully completes credits in semesters/ terms after their appeal was denied. Return of Title IV Aid—Financial Aid Refund Policy Federal law (Section 485 of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998-P.L. 105–244) specifies how NCC must determine the amount of student financial aid assistance that is earned if you cease to attend. If you receive federal financial assistance and fail to complete your education, your financial aid may be adjusted based on the date of the official or unofficial withdrawal. An unofficial withdrawal occurs when a student stops attending and/or fails to follow the withdrawal process. The amount of financial assistance you have earned is determined on a pro-rated basis using the number of calendar days completed divided by the number of calendar days in the payment period. Once you have completed more than 60 percent of the enrollment period, you earn all your financial assistance. Northwest Iowa Community College Catalog 2017–2018 Financial Aid 22


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