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Requirements

Qualitative Measure – Grade Point Average (GPA): 

PCC uses the student’s cumulative SAP grade point average (GPA) to measure qualitative progress. To meet this standard, Title IV recipients are required to achieve and maintain a minimum cumulative 2.00 SAP GPA. If the Title IV recipient is enrolled in a program that requires a higher GPA the student must meet the program GPA in order to maintain eligibility for financial aid. When the GPA required by the program is higher than the SAP GPA students will be considered to have met the SAP qualitative standard so long as they are eligible to continue in the program and their cumulative SAP GPA is at the 2.00 minimum.

The cumulative GPA that PCC uses to evaluate the student’s SAP status is calculated based upon all courses that the student has attempted, including those that are developmental. The SAP GPA also includes grades for courses that the student repeated and those that have been forgiven under the College’s academic forgiveness policy. Thus, the GPA used to evaluate SAP may be different from the student’s GPA on the academic transcript.

Quantitative Measure – Pace of Completion for all programs

PCC requires that all financial aid recipients successfully complete a cumulative minimum of 67.00% of the credits that they attempt. Successful completion for this standard is defined as earning a grade of A, B, C, D, P or S. Financial aid recipients must also complete their program within 150.00% of the published length required for their program of study. The SAP quantitative calculation is based upon all courses that the students has attempted, including transfer and developmental credits; the calculation also includes grades for courses that have been repeated or forgiven under the College’s academic forgiveness policy.

Example: A student completes his first year at Pima with the following grades:
30 cumulative attempted credits with
18 credits of passing grades (these credits count as attempted and completed)
12 credits of failing grades (these credits count as attempted but not completed)
The student’s completion rate is 60.00% (total completed divided by total attempted - 18 ÷ 30 = 60.00%)

The student in this example did not meet the quantitative (pace of completion) SAP standard and as a result is ineligible for further Title IV aid until he either successfully appeals or pays out of pocket until his completion rate is at least 67.00%.

If the student in this example had completed a minimum of 21 credits with passing grades he would have met the quantitative (pace of completion) SAP standard. (21 ÷ 30 = 70.00%). The calculation for pace of completion is truncated at two decimal places, thus if the student completed 20 credits his pace of completion would equal 66.66%, which is less than 67.00% and therefore unsatisfactory.

Quantitative Measure – Maximum timeframe for all programs:

Students who are enrolled in any of the College’s programs become ineligible for Title IV aid when they have attempted 150.00% of the credits required for their program of study (as published by the College). Student are also ineligible for any additional federal financial aid when they have completed all of their program requirements.

Example: If a student is enrolled in an associate degree program that requires 60 credits for completion, the student is eligible for Title IV aid for a maximum of 90 credits of attempted coursework, if the program requirements have not been completed and so long as it is mathematically possible for the student to complete the program within 90 credits. 60 credits X 150.00% = 90 credits

Quantitative Measure – Mathematical impossibility to complete within maximum timeframe for all programs:

Students who are enrolled in any College’s program also become ineligible for Title IV aid when it becomes mathematically impossible to complete the program within 150.00% of the published length (as measured in the number of credit hours required for their program of study), even when the student has not yet reached 150.00%. Thus, the Title IV recipient is subject to the limitation of 150.00% of the published length required by the certificate or degree being sought.

Example: If a student is enrolled in an associate degree program that requires 60 credits for completion, the student is eligible for Title IV aid for a maximum of 90 credits of attempted coursework, if the program requirements have not been completed and so long as it is mathematically possible for the student to complete the program within 90 credits. 60 credits X 150.00% = 90 credits