Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
The KC Financial Aid Office will determine which students have not met requirements of the SAP Policy at the end of each term (fall, spring, summer). Students on Warning or Suspension will see this status in AccessKC.
Grade Point Average (Qualitative) Standards Students must maintain a 2.0 Financial Aid cumulative grade point average each term
Course Hour Completion (Quantitative) Standards Students must complete 67% of the term hours enrolled in to maintain progress.
Maximum Time Frame Completion: (Pace) Students enrolled at Kilgore College are expected to work toward a specific degree or certificate and to complete that goal within a certain reasonable timeframe. Once the student has reached or exceeded the 150% timeframe, he/she will be placed on suspension and no longer be eligible for financial aid
NoteInstitutional scholarships, state grants, and other non-federal student aid programs have specific academic requirements for each individual program. It is the student’s responsibility to read and understand the academic and hourly requirement criteria for each award shown in the student’s financial aid award package.
Suspension Appeal Priority Deadlines
Fall 2023-24 Suspension Appeal deadline: Friday Nov. 17
Spring I & 16-Week Suspension Appeal deadline: Jan. 26, 2024
Spring II Suspension Appeal Deadline: April 12, 2024
May Mini & Summer I Suspension Appeal Deadline: June 21, 2024
Summer II Suspension Appeal Deadline: July 12, 2024
Students enrolled at Kilgore College are expected to work toward a specific degree or certificate and to complete that goal within a certain reasonable timeframe.
All periods of enrollment are counted toward the 150% timeframe, whether or not financial aid paid for those hours.
Students who enroll in courses not included in their declared major course of study or certificate program will not receive financial aid for those courses.
Developmental hours will not count toward the 150% completion rate.
Students who change their program of study may use up eligibility for federal aid prior to completion of their degree or certificate.
A student’s attempted credit hours cannot exceed a maximum of 150% of the hours required to complete a declared major course of study, or certificate program.
Once the student has reached or exceeded the 150% timeframe, he/she will be placed on suspension and no longer be eligible for financial aid. Students will receive a Warning semester first and the second semester the student will be placed on suspension.
Students who do not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress will be placed on Financial Aid Warning. The student will be eligible to receive financial aid for the subsequent semester while on Financial Aid Warning status.
Students on Financial Aid Warning may be subject – but not limited to – a combination of the following institutional requirements:
Mandatory counseling sessions with the Financial Aid Retention Counselor
Tutoring logs showing time spent in The Zone or Math/English/Reading Labs
Limited hours of enrollment, based on student’s ability to be successful
No access to online registration
No access to self-registration
Specialized academic plan, with emphasis on re-evaluated degree/certificate plan
Signed contract with Retention Counselor
Suggested limit of hours of employment
Repeat of classes with failing academic grades
Any additional requirements deemed necessary for academic completion and student success
Students who do not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress while on Financial Aid Warning status will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension. While on Suspension, a student is no longer eligible to receive federal financial aid.
To reestablish financial aid eligibility, a student must enroll in sufficient hours to raise their cumulative GPA and completion rate to the minimum standards of the Satisfactory Academic Policy. This may be done with personal funds or other funding provided by the student. After completion, he/she must bring this to the attention of the Financial Aid Office in order to be re-evaluated for federal aid eligibility.
Students wishing to appeal their suspension status must complete and submit the following documents:
Financial Aid Suspension Appeal Form
Typed statement of explanation for the reason of the appeal
Unofficial Kilgore College Transcript
Official documentation of events which prevented academic progress during the semester in which the suspension occurred.
Official Degree Audit from the Kilgore College Counseling Center (excessive hours appeals)
Types of Extenuating Circumstances include:
Injury or Illness of the student of immediate family member – immediate family members consist of your children, parents, siblings, or guardian. A detailed explanation with specific dates will be required, along with documentation from doctor or hospital records.
Death of an immediate family member – immediate family members consist of your children, parents, grandparents, siblings, or guardian. A death certificate, obituary, and proof of the relationship will be required along with a detailed explanation of how their death affected you academically.
Major Pregnancy related issues – these issues must be serious conditions and you will be required to bring in documentation from your OB/GYN confirming the diagnosis and proof that you were placed on bedrest or needed an extended hospital stay due to problems during labor and delivery.
Other extenuating circumstances – any other serious problem that can be proven with documentation. A detailed explanation of what the circumstances were and why they affected you academically will also be required.
Appeals will be evaluated by an Appeals Committee.
Appeals that are granted will require an appointment with the Financial Aid Office to sign a contract outlining the terms of the appeal.
Students whose appeals are granted will be considered to be on Financial Aid Probation.
The Appeal Contract may likely be composed of the same institutional requirements as those described under the Financial Aid Warning (Item #4) plan.
Students must strictly follow the terms of the Appeal Contract. If changes are requested, the Financial Aid Office must be consulted prior to the change, or the contract becomes invalid and the student returns to financial aid suspension.
Examples in which the terms of the contract are inadvertently changed:
The student drops or enrolls in a class that is not a part of their degree plan.
The instructor drops the student for non-attendance.
The student tests out of the class, the class is then dropped.
The student does not attend the tutoring lab, as per the terms of their appeal contract.
The student withdraws from a class.
Students may find themselves on suspension due to exceeding the 150% timeframe regulation.
Students who exceed the 150% limit will be able to submit an Excessive Hour Appeal.
Those students will need to submit a degree audit, showing the specific amount of hours needed to complete a specific program of study.
They will be required to sign an Excessive Hour Appeal Contract, which will limit the enrollment to program specific hours and aid that will pay for those hours.
Students must have any enrollment change to the Excessive Hour contract approved by the Financial Aid Office.
Students with no history at KC will be assumed to be making satisfactory academic progress at the time they transfer into Kilgore College, unless they are flagged by the Department of Education for Unusual Enrollment. If they are flagged with unusual enrollment, official transcripts from previous colleges will be required. Upon review of the official transcripts, if the student is determined to have not completed hours or the overall GPA of all transcripts is below the minimum of a 2.0 cumulative, the student will be placed on Suspension.
Hours that transfer into the major course of study will be counted toward the 150% timeframe eligibility regulation, along with any hours of enrollment at Kilgore College.
Transferring students need to be aware that the federal regulations concerning the Pell LEU and Loan Aggregate Limits still apply to any award package at KC.
If the college transcript(s) are not on file with the KC Registrar’s Office, the student will be considered a first-year student for loan purposes.
Hours that are accepted and transferred into Kilgore College will be counted in the completion rate.
Most scholarship and non-federal aid funds carry specific academic and enrollment requirements for renewed funding to a student account.
Students receiving institutional, departmental, or state funds should check with the Scholarship Coordinator in regard to Letters of Agreement, showing the terms of scholarship eligibility.
Scholarship eligibility is evaluated at the end of each long semester (Fall, Spring, Summer), after which students who have lost eligibility will receive a notification advising of this status.
Scholarships do not have a Warning or Probation Status – (as with federal aid funds). Students who do not achieve the academic or enrollment criteria for renewal will not be awarded those funds for the subsequent semester (even if the Letter of Agreement shows the scholarship is awarded for one academic year).
Scholarships that are “performance-based” will carry different terms for renewal.