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Satisfactory Academic Progress

When you receive financial aid funding from federal or state sources, you must follow certain rules in order to maintain eligibility. These are called maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

There are three conditions of Satisfactory Academic Progress that you must satisfy in order to continue to receive federal or state financial aid.

  • Hours Completed: You must complete at least 67% of the course hours for which you were enrolled each semester. Transfer courses are included in this calculation and this percentage is cumulative for your attendance at Pima Community College.
  • Your Grades: You must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average each semester of enrollment. The exact GPA you must maintain depends upon how many credits you have attempted.
  • Degree Completion Time Frame: You must complete your degree within 150% of the number of credit hours stated for your degree program.

Repeat Coursework

Per Federal regulations, upon passing a course a student may only receive financial aid for that course one more time regardless of the grade received during the repeat semester. 

  • If a student earns a grade of F or W the course can be repeated with the use of financial aid until the time the student successfully passes the course. After the first successful passing of the course, the student can repeat the course one more time to try for a better grade before financial aid stops paying.
  • Passing grades are A, B, C, and D. 
  • If a student receives an I (Incomplete) grade for a course, financial aid will not pay for the student to take the course again until the course has been completed with a letter grade. 
  • Repeated courses, audits, and withdrawals will be added into the total attempted credits for the purpose of Satisfactory Academic Progress calculation.
  • If a student earns a passing grade and later repeats the course, the original grade will NOT be added into the total completed credits but it will be added into the total attempted credits.

Check MyPima and your email regularly

You should be aware of your own progress, but we will notify you by email and through MyPima at the end of each semester, after grades are posted. It is imperative that you regularly check your Pima student email account and your MyPima Financial Aid tab, for messages sent to you.