Step 5: Maintain eligibility

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Did you know that you can lose your eligibility to receive aid in the future, or even be required to pay all your aid back? This page will show you what you need to do.

How to maintain eligibility

You need to make satisfactory academic progress in order to continue to receive financial aid. In other words, you have to make good enough grades and complete enough classes to keep moving toward successfully completing your degree or certificate.

Good enough grades:
maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or higher
Complete enough classes:
successfully complete 2/3 of attempted credits
Keep moving toward completing your degree or certificate:
complete your degree or certificate within a certain number of credits
Take eligible classes:
stay enrolled in an eligible program and take classes that are eligible for financial aid

Find forms and information about the appeal process on the satisfactory academic progress page

Lost your eligibility?

If you did not meet the eligibility requirements above, you'll need to read these policies. In the policies, you'll find information about the appeal process, plus the forms you need to fill out to complete your appeal.

How to check your standing

You can check your standing in your Financial Aid Dashboard in MyPCC. We communicate with you through PCC email, so your check your PCC email frequently to be aware of changes to your status.

Thinking of dropping classes? It might affect your aid...

Dropping a class can have a significant impact on your aid. Here are some ways that dropping a class can effect your eligibility:

  • it can keep you from making satisfactory academic progress
  • you can lose your loan eligibility
  • you could have to pay money back

Each student's situation is different - to help you understand how dropping a class will impact your aid, you should talk to someone in the Financial Aid Office.