Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Recipients

All students receiving any form of Title IV Financial Aid must meet the standards of progress outlined below. The requirements for these standards are set by federal regulations (34FR Section 668.34).
Lake-Sumter Community College (LSCC) is required to enforce those standards for students receiving Title IV Federal Aid.

The following requirements are the standards of satisfactory academic progress for Financial Aid students at Lake-Sumter Community College.

  • Students are allowed a maximum of 90 hours to earn a degree. This represents 150 percent of normal completion time of 60 credit hours.
  • Standards of academic progress will be reviewed at least once each year for all students.  Students who have previously appealed, are on continued probation, transfer students, have attempted more than 90 credit hours and return to Title IV students will be reviewed each semester.
  • All transfer students will be reviewed at the time they admit to Lake-Sumter Community College prior to making any financial aid awards.
  • All students who have been approved through the appeal process will continue to be reviewed each semester.
  • A student is required to successfully complete 67% of the hours attempted each semester to progress toward a degree or approved certificate program.    
  • If a student does not complete the percentage of required hours, he/she will be placed on financial aid probation. By the end of a probation period, the cumulative (all college) hours required must be completed or the student will lose financial aid benefits. The suspension of benefits is effective until the student successfully completes the required cumulative hours and meets the standards of academic progress.
  • Successful completion means receiving grades of A, B, C, D or S. Grades of I, IF, F, W, WI, X, U are not successful completions.
  • A new student must maintain a grade point average of 1.75 on the first 15 semester hours and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 thereafter on all course work attempted at LSCC.
  • Hours for non-credit college preparatory courses will be counted toward financial aid eligibility. Grades received in these courses will not be used in calculating a grade point average; however, hours attempted will be used to determine the completion ratio.
  • All periods of enrollment with or without financial aid will be used in determining a student’s satisfactory progress for financial aid. All transfer work accepted by LSCC will be included in the standards of academic progress calculations.
  • All college preparatory course work should be taken during the first 30 hours of enrollment.
  • Students who are suspended or dismissed will lose financial aid benefits. A student may appeal financial aid suspension in writing to the Financial Aid Office, if the student feels there are extenuating circumstances (unplanned and beyond the students control). Students must provide documentation supporting their extenuating circumstances along with rationale on why an appeal should be granted. If an appeal is approved by the Financial Aid Office, the student’s aid will be reinstated with provisions. Restrictions governing the number of remaining credit hours for financial aid assistance may be stipulated by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Students who choose not to file an appeal or whose appeal has been denied may in some cases re-establish eligibility for financial aid by meeting the satisfactory academic progress standards.
  • Once a student receives an A.A. degree, no more funds will be available for coursework applicable to the A.A. degree.

The chart below demonstrates 67% for attempted hours in a semester. The left hand column is the attempted hours and the corresponding number in the right column is the number of hours you must successfully complete with a 2.0 GPA to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. For example, if you register for 12 credit hours, you must complete at least 9 credit hours with a 2.0 GPA or higher to meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements for the semester.

*NOTE: Academic progress standards are assessed on the cumulative hours attempted and passed.

Credit Hours Attempted Passed hours needed (Passed with GPA of 2.0 or greater) to meet at least the minimum 67% completion ratio
20 14
19 13
19 13
17 12
16 11
15 11
14 10
13 9
12 9
11 8
10 7
9 7
8 6
7 5
6 5
5 4
4 3
3 3
2 2
1 1