Students receiving financial aid must:
1. Be enrolled in an eligible program leading to the completion of an AA/AS degree or approved certificate. They must have a declared academic program on file with Merced College and have and follow an educational plan leading to the completion of their academic goal.
2. Complete their educational objective within an allowable timeframe.
3. Must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 both cumulative and semester.
4. Must successfully complete at least 67% of all attempted units.
After each academic term, the Financial Aid Office reviews transcripts to determine if financial aid students are making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward their educational goals. Students who fail to meet SAP standards are placed on financial aid disqualification status.
Appeal Process for the Reinstatement of Financial Aid
Students who have been denied financial aid may appeal to have their financial aid reinstated. There are 2 types of appeal: Appeal for Reinstatement and Appeal for Extension.
If students are appealing because of having unsatisfactory grades and/or GPA, they must file an Appeal for Reinstatement.
If students are appealing because they have attempted 150% of the number of units necessary for their academic program or because they have an AA/AS degree or a certificate, they must file an Appeal for Extension.
Click on Forms on the left hand side of this page. Then click on either Appeal for Reinstatement, Appeal for Extension or sometimes students must submit both. Along with the appeal forms you will find detailed instructions on what you must submit along with the appeal forms.
Your appeal along with all your documentation will go to the Appeals Committee, which will review all submitted information and make a decision. Students are notified by return mail.
It is the studentís responsibility to work toward removing himself or herself from disqualification status by improving his/her successful completion rate and maintaining an acceptable GPA. A studentís financial aid will be reinstated when either the student submits an appeal and the appeal is approved or the student removes himself or herself from appeal status by making satisfactory academic progress.
More Information on Satisfactory Academic Progress
Click on the links below to read more information on Merced Collegeís Satisfactory Academic Progress policies.