Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress

Contact Mary Severson, Associate Dean of Student Development

PCC has established two standards that students must meet to demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students must achieve the following, which will be calculated each term:  

Grade Point Average
Cumulative 2.0 or higher
Attempted Credits
Successful completion of two-thirds (66.67%) of attempted credits per term

There is both an academic and financial aid impact on students that do not achieve Satisfactory Academic Progress. A summary of required interventions and appeals are outlined below. Note: Financial Aid students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress AND have additional requirements.

Summary of Requirements and Impact

Academic Standing

Academic Good Standing
  • Met standards
  • No action required
Academic Warning
  • Did not meet standards
  • Seek resources to improve performance and meet standards for the following term
Academic Probation
  • Did not meet standards two terms in a row
  • Student receives a registration hold
  • Must establish a Learning Contract at an initial meeting with an academic advisor or counselor at the beginning of the term. Must attend a follow-up meeting during the middle of the term. Registration options will be discussed.
  • Failure to create and meet Learning Contract will result in the hold being maintained until final grades are posted
Continued Academic Probation
  • Did not meet standards for third term but made progress on Learning Contract, as determined by an advisor or counselor, and is allowed a second term on probation
  • Student receives a registration hold
  • Establish another Learning Contract and meet with an academic advisor or counselor throughout term
Academic Suspension
  • Did not meet standards for a third term and did not meet with an advisor or counselor to establish or report on a Learning Contract as described above; OR,
  • Student did not meet standards for fourth term following Continued Academic Probation
  • Student is suspended for one term and must apply for re-entry by stated deadlines
More information on Academic Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress

Financial Aid Standing

Financial Aid Good Standing
  • Met standards
  • No action required
Financial Aid Warning
  • Did not meet standards
  • Eligible to receive aid, seek resources to improve performance and meet standards for the following term
Financial Aid Suspension
  • Failure to meet standards while on Financial Aid Warning or Financial Aid Probation
  • Failure to follow academic plan or Learning Contract
  • Reaches or exceeds 150% maximum credit/timeframe limit
  • Unable to graduate within maximum credit/timeframe limit
  • Must complete Financial Aid SAP Appeal
Financial Aid Probation
  • Financial Aid SAP Appeal approved
  • Eligible for aid and must meet standards by end of term
Financial Aid Probation with an Academic Plan
  • Failure to meet standards while on probation
  • Second Financial Aid SAP Appeal approved
  • Eligible for aid as a condition of being granted Continued Academic Probation.
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