Thursday, December 6, 2012

Financial Aid Eligibility

Paying for College: Financial Aid Eligibility
Students are required to maintain a satisfactory grade point average and make progress toward their degree in order to use federal student aid to pay for college.

As students complete their courses each academic term, Rio Salado College automatically evaluates whether the Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) set forth by the Maricopa County Community College District have been met.

Automated SAP programing determines financial aid eligibility based on:
  • Grade Point Average – Students must meet a minimum GPA based on the total number of credits attempted.  
  • Progress – Students must successfully complete 2/3 of all courses attempted. Progress is calculated cumulatively and carries over from one term to the next. 
  • Maximum Time Frame – Students who have already attempted more than 150% of the required credits for a program will no longer be able to pay for the program using federal financial aid. 
Students who do not meet all three criteria for satisfactory academic progress are no longer eligible to receive financial aid and are sometimes asked to return a portion of the aid they've already received.

Students who have lost their financial aid eligibility due to unsatisfactory academic progress or to the time frame requirement may appeal the decision using the Appeal for Satisfactory Academic Progress and Appeal for Maximum Timeframe forms. Keep in mind that submitting an appeal does not guarantee eligibility will be restored.

Visit to learn more about financial aid eligibility requirements.