New Pell Grant rules will cut off some students for failure to show “satisfactory academic progress” (SAP), reports Community College Times.
Many students at Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) in Kentucky were caught off guard by new U.S. Department of Education regulations aimed at ensuring students stay track to graduate. College officials there have been scrambling to encourage students who are now ineligible for student aid to file last-minute appeals.
Under the new rules, students lose their eligibility for aid such as Pell Grants if they’re on academic probation for more than one semester and do not file a successful appeal. The previous limit was two semesters. This is on top of the existing SAP requirements: a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, successful completion of a certain percent (usually 67 percent) of classes attempted, and completion of no more than 150 of the number of hours required for a credential.
JCTC will approve appeals if students can show signs of improvement. Appeals are not approved for students with “a history of poor grades, poor pass rates and numerous withdrawals,” says spokeswoman Lisa Brosky. “It’s clear those students will not earn a degree.”