Financial Aid Eligibility
To qualify for Title IV Federal Financial Assistance, you must meet specific requirements. In general, the elements of eligibility require that you:
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
- Be a high school graduate, have a GED certificate, or pass an ability-to-benefit test with minimum required test scores.
- Be admitted to RPCC as a regular degree-seeking student.
- Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident or reside in the United States for other than a temporary purpose (supportive documentation may be required to verify residency or citizenship status).
- Be registered with Selective Service (if required).
- Are enrolled in an eligible/approved degree program.
- Are making satisfactory academic progress.
- Do not owe a repayment on Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG, or state grant.
- May not be in default on any student loan (if in default, satisfactory repayment arrangements must have been made).
- Meet federal regulations regarding any drug convictions.
- Have financial need as defined by the federal government methodology.
- Have not borrowed in excess of loan limits.
Once you have received financial aid, you need to make sure that you maintain progress towards achieving your degree. Federal guidelines require that financial aid recipients maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to remain eligible for Federal financial aid programs such as Pell Grant, Work Study, and student loans.
If you receive financial aid, RPCC will review your academic progress annually to determine your continued eligibility. SAP varies by award type, so it is important that you know the requirements for your specific financial assistance program. There are three components to the SAP requirement:
Failure to comply with any one requirement may result in a loss of aid eligibility.
- Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA). Generally, the minimum GPA for undergraduates is 2.0.
- Maintain a minimum completion rate for attempted credit hours.
- Complete your degree or certificate program in no more than 150% of the average length of the program.