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NOTE: • Grants for late start classes will not be disbursed until the class has begun and attendance has been reported. • Students must be attending and making academic progress in order to receive financial aid funds. • Due to federal regulations, the first loan disbursement must be delayed 30 days from the first day of class for first-year, first-time student loan borrowers. • Loan funds will be disbursed only after classes have begun and attendance has been reported for at least 6 credit hours (this applies to all terms—fall, spring and summer). • Disbursement of financial aid will not occur until NCC receives official documentation that confirms the students’ high school graduate status. • Disbursement of financial aid funds may be delayed or denied for students who exhibit abuse, fraudulent activity, give false or misleading information, or misuse of federal, state, or institutional funds. If your enrollment status changes or you officially withdraw or unofficially withdraw from the College, the Financial Aid Office may be required to reduce the amount of financial aid, or reclaim part or all of the refund. An unofficial withdrawal occurs when a student stops attending and/or fails to follow the withdrawal process. If you receive federal financial aid and fail to complete your education, you may have your financial aid adjusted based on the date of your official or unofficial withdrawal. This adjustment of aid may cause you to owe money to the U.S. Government and/or NCC. If NCC is required to return Title IV funds, the amount returned will be billed to you. Failure to repay the U.S. Department of Education or NCC will result in your account being turned over to collections. Anyone in a repayment situation will remain ineligible for federal aid until the repayment is resolved. A withdrawal will also prevent you from meeting the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards and impact your future financial aid eligibility. Financial aid CANNOT be used to pay for EMT, CNA, AUDIT, CLEP, Credit by Examination, Credit for Experiential Learning, or Credit for Military Experience courses. The tuition and fees for EMT and CNA classes will not appear on your tuition statement and will be billed separately by the Continuing Education Department. It will be your responsibility to pay the Continuing Education Department for these classes. Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Federal regulations require Northwest Iowa Community College to establish satisfactory academic progress standards for student financial aid recipients. These standards ensure that only those recipients demonstrating satisfactory progress toward the completion of their educational programs continue to receive financial aid. All student records will be reviewed at the end of each payment period (semester/term). A student’s entire NCC record will be reviewed for satisfactory academic progress, including terms for which the student did not receive financial aid. The Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy is different than the Academic Progress Standards, and different from the required academic standards that may be set by your specific program. You will have separate procedures when academically placed on probation or suspension. Your financial aid eligibility may be suspended; however, Financial Aid Suspension does not necessarily prohibit your enrollment in coursework so please check with your Advisor or the Registrar to discuss. Any grade forgiveness granted from the Academic Restart Program does not apply to the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards. When calculating a student’s satisfactory academic progress for financial aid, all grades earned from all previous enrollment periods will be considered. Whether a student is considered to be making satisfactory academic progress depends on successful completion of courses (credit hours earned), cumulative grade point average (GPA), and maximum time limits to complete his or her course of study. Students must meet all of these requirements to maintain satisfactory academic progress for financial aid. Grade Point Average Requirement—To be eligible for financial aid at NCC, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. If a student repeats a course, the last grade issued will be used in the calculation of the GPA. Grades received in developmental courses are not used in the calculation of the GPA. Courses for which the student has been granted grade forgiveness from the Academic Restart Program (academic amnesty) are included in the calculation of the cumulative GPA. Completion Rate Requirement (Pace)—Each semester, a student’s academic progress will be measured by comparing the number of attempted credit hours with the credit hours earned. On a cumulative basis, a student must earn 67% of all credits ever attempted to maintain satisfactory academic progress. The following are considered when evaluating a student’s satisfactory academic progress: • Withdrawals, incompletes, and failures are considered attempted but not earned credits. • Passing credits received for pass/fail courses are considered attempted and earned credits; failing grades in pass/fail courses are considered attempted but not earned. • Credits for repeated courses will be counted as attempted credits each time the course is repeated. • Credits for repeated courses will be counted as earned only once. For a repeated course, only the last grade issued will be used in the calculation of the cumulative GPA. • Courses for which the student has been granted grade forgiveness from the Academic Restart Program (academic amnesty) are included in the calculation of both attempted and earned hours. • Audited courses are not considered credits attempted or earned. • Developmental courses are included in the calculation of both attempted and earned credits. • Transfer credits, including those received during consortium study, do not count in the calculation of the GPA, but they are included in the calculation of both attempted and earned credits. • For an enrolled student who changes programs or majors at NCC, both the credits and grades from the previous program or major will be included in the calculation of attempted credits, earned credits, and cumulative GPA. 23 College Information


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