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Maximum Time Frame Requirement—A student will not be eligible to receive financial aid once the student has attempted more than 150 percent of the normal credits required for their degree or diploma program, or once it becomes clear that the student cannot mathematically finish the program within the 150% maximum time frame. For example, 90 credit hours would be the 150% program maximum for a program requiring 60 credit hours for graduation. All attempted hours are counted, including transfer hours, whether or not financial aid was received or the course work was successfully completed. The 150% requirement may be applied to the student’s entire academic career, not just to the student’s current program or major. Evaluation of Academic Progress—A student’s satisfactory academic progress is evaluated after each term of the academic year. At that time, a student will either be in good standing, be placed on financial aid warning, or be placed on financial aid suspension for future enrollment periods. The student must meet all three progress requirements (completion rate, cumulative GPA, and be within the maximum time frame) to remain in good standing. Students will be notified in writing by the Financial Aid Office if they are placed on warning status or suspension status for financial aid. Financial Aid Warning Status (referred to as Probation prior to Fall 2011)—A student is eligible to receive financial aid for one payment period (semester/term) while on a financial aid warning status. The first term a student fails to maintain the academic and/or completion requirements listed above they will be placed on Financial Aid Warning at NCC. The student will remain on Financial Aid Warning until the end of the next term. At the end of the next term, the student’s progress will be reviewed. The warning semester is meant to inform the student of potential academic problems and provide time for corrective action. If a student does not meet the satisfactory academic progress standards after the warning period, suspension status or academic plan status (due to a successful appeal) would be imposed. EXCEPTION: A student who fails to earn any credit hours in a term will be placed on suspension immediately (skipping the warning status). Financial Aid Suspension Status—A student who is placed on suspension will not be eligible to receive aid and must pay tuition and fees in future terms. Suspension status will prevent the student from receiving financial aid, including but not limited to, any Title IV, state, or institutional financial assistance. A student will be suspended from financial aid at NCC if: 1. At the end of a period of warning, the student has not met the satisfactory academic progress requirements; or 2. At the end of an Academic Plan, the student has not met the satisfactory academic progress requirements; or 3. At the end of an enrollment period the student did not follow the terms of their Academic Plan; or 4. At the end of a period of suspension, the student has not met the satisfactory academic progress requirements; or 5. At the end of any term the student has missing or incomplete grades; or 6. At the end of any term the student fails to earn any credit hours during a term; or 7. At the end of a period where it is determined that the student is not meeting, or is mathematically unable to meet, the Maximum Time Frame (150%) requirement; or 8. At any time a student exhibits abuse of receipt of financial aid, fraudulent activity, or falsification of information or signatures. 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. 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