Nashville State Community College    


Nashville State Community College (NSCC)
Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Financial Aid Warning and Suspension
Appeal Process
Students who are Failing MTF

Federal and State regulations require that students maintain adequate progress towards receiving a degree in order to continue eligibility for financial aid programs. The following standards are for financial aid purposes only and neither replace or override NSCC academic policies.

  1. Qualitative

    Students must maintain a minimum grade point average based on the number of credit hours attempted at NSCC (including remedial and developmental classes). Transfer credit does not count in this measurement.

    Overall Combined
    GPA Hours Attempted
    Cumulative GPA

  2. Quantitative

    Students must maintain at least a 67% overall class completion rate.

    Students must complete (passing grade) 67% of all classes attempted at NSCC and/or transfer courses accepted. Grades of W, I, X, F, WF, NR, FA, FN and AU count against the student. Repeats of previously passed courses can cause a studentís completion rate to decrease.

  3. Maximum Time Frame (MTF)

    Students must complete their program of study within 150% of the published length of the program.

    For associate degree programs, students are allowed up to their first 90 hours attempted. Students enrolled in Title IV eligible certificate programs may receive aid up until 150% of the individual program length. Transfer credit and repeated coursework count against the student. All NSCC coursework is included in this measurement even if it does not apply to the studentís current program of study.

    Students are limited to 30 attempted hours of remedial and developmental coursework.

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Financial Aid Warning and Suspension

The Financial Aid Office will evaluate each of these measurements at the end of every semester. Students (current, returning, or transfer) who fail the first or second measurements will be placed on Financial Aid Warning. Students in this status may continue to receive aid for one additional semester. At the end of that semester if they do not repair the failed measurement they will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension. Students in the suspension status are ineligible to receive any financial aid (including loans) and must take classes at their own expense until their failed measurements are corrected. Students who fail the MTF measurement are not eligible for a Financial Aid Warning Period and immediately become ineligible for aid.

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Appeal Process

Students can file a Financial Aid appeal to regain eligibility if there were extenuating circumstances that warrant a student to continue receiving Title IV aid. To successfully appeal the student must:

  1. Provide a handwritten signed letter explaining each of the semesters that they did not meet the required standards. The student must provide documentation when explaining the situation.
  2. State how they have corrected the issues or list the steps they are taking to ensure that circumstances do not reoccur.

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Students who are Failing MTF

Only students who have transfer credit work that does not apply to their current program of study may appeal MTF. Students who have exceeded MTF may have their limit extended by an amount equal to any transfer credit work applied to academic history that does not apply to their current program of study. In order to appeal MTF the student must provide a signed statement requesting that the Financial Aid Office disregard any transfer work that does not apply to their current program, along with a printout of their Degree Works audit. Based on the review of this material, students may have their MTF limit extended.

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