SA-17 Satisfactory Progress for Financial Aid

Specify the academic standards students must meet in order to receive financial aid funds at
Green River College.

Applies to all financial aid applicants and recipients at Green River.

Probation: A status which is applied when a student has not maintained grade and/or credit requirements, but the student will be allowed to receive financial aid after an Academic Progress Petition has been approved.

Warning: A status which is applied when a student has not maintained grade and/or credit requirements, but the student remains eligible to receive financial aid.

Termination: A status which is applied when a student has not maintained grade and/or credit requirements such that the student is not eligible to receive financial aid at Green River until the standards have been met or an academic petition has been approved.

Students are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to receive financial aid. The policy applies to any period of enrollment, regardless of whether financial aid was received. It is possible to be on financial aid warning or termination status without ever having received aid. Students receiving financial aid must enroll in eligible degree or
certificate programs, and the classes they take must apply to the program of study at Green River.

The policy consists of three basic requirements, which are:

  1. Quality—Students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 each quarter. Students are also required to have a minimum cumulative GPA at the end of the second academic year (six quarters) and thereafter regardless of enrollment level. Certificate programs must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA consistent with the requirements for graduation.
  2. Quantity—Student must successfully complete the highest number of credits attempted each quarter based upon the chart below. Attempted credits are counted even when they do not show on the grade transcript.
  3. Time Frame—Students will have time limits for completing their programs of study. They can be considered for financial aid for the equivalent of 150% of a program’s length which includes all attempted college level credits.
One Quarter of
Full Time
12+ Credits
Three- Quarter
9—11 Credits
6—8 credits
Less Than
5 or fewer
Good Standing
2.0+ GPA 
12 credits 
9 credits 
6 credits 
Must complete
all credits 
Warning Status
GPA 1.5 - 1.99 
6 – 11 credits 
5 – 8 credits 
4 – 5 credits 
Termination Status
GPA 0.0 - 1.49 
fewer than
6 credits 
fewer than
5 credits 
fewer than 4
Fewer than

Students may appeal a loss of financial aid eligibility in cases of illness, injury, a death in the family or unusual circumstances. If the academic appeal is approved, the students may receive financial aid for the following term of enrollment.

Student may reinstate their own eligibility without an academic appeal by completing a set number of credits on their own.


  1. The satisfactory academic progress status of all aid applicants is reviewed prior to awarding financial aid.
  2. Academic progress is checked for financial aid students at the end of each term of enrollment.
  3. Students are notified of their warning or termination status.

Students in termination status may appeal the decision and request reinstatement of eligibility, or they may reinstate themselves by paying for the following quarter of their own.

Specific Authority
Federal Regulations 34 CFR 668

Law Implemented

History of Policy or Procedure
Draft: April 5, 2005
Adopted: January 6, 2006
Revised: August 22, 2012
Reviewed by:
Contact: Mary Edington, Director of Financial Aid, ext. 3326
President’s Staff Sponsor: Dr. Deborah Casey, Vice President of Student Affairs, ext. 3328