Financial Aid Warning, Suspension and Reinstatement Policy

Financial Aid Warning

Students are placed on Financial Aid Warning and will receive notification by mail if they:

  • Earn a grade point average (GPA) of less than 2.0.
  • Complete less than 67 percent of attempted credits.

Students on Financial Aid Warning, however, are still eligible to receive aid. First-time aid recipients who previously attended WCTC will also have their academic history reviewed.

Students remain on Financial Aid Warning for all future semesters unless they fail to meet minimum academic progress a second time.

Financial Aid Suspension and Reinstatement

If a student's GPA drops below 2.0 or the student completes fewer than 67 percent of attempted credits a second time, the status will move from Financial Aid Warning to Financial Aid Suspension. This results in the student losing financial aid eligibility in future semesters.

Students who receive financial aid and do not successfully complete any course (grades of F, W, I, ID or AU) are also placed on Financial Aid Suspension.

Students on Financial Aid Suspension may reinstate their financial aid eligibility in one of the following ways:

1. Pay with sources other than financial aid and successfully complete at least six credits in one semester at WCTC, with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and 67 percent pace of completion.

2. File a one-time appeal if extenuating circumstances prevented them from maintaining satisfactory academic progress. Prior to submitting an appeal, the student must attend a ‘Back-on-Track' session, a non-credit life skills / financial literacy workshop, and complete all requirements of the course. Register or view upcoming available workshop times. Only one appeal may be filed for financial aid reinstatement at WCTC. Other requirements include:

  • An explanation of why the student did not maintain academic progress and how the situation has changed to enhance future academic success.
  • Steps taken to resolve these obstacles and to prevent them from recurring.
  • Awareness of WCTC resources available to help maintain academic progress.
  • A personal plan of action to ensure academic progress will be met and maintained.
  • An academic plan, including a summary of classes to be taken each semester, and the expected degree completion date.
  • Third-party documentation to support reasons for not maintaining academic progress.

Students who are successful in having their financial aid reinstated are placed on probationary status.