I went to a 2-year community college and was covered fully under
financial aid and got to go for free. Later I was told because of a
poor GPA that I could no longer attend unless I paid for college
myself. But I can't afford to pay for college on my own. I would like
to go to a different college and want to know if I would qualify for
financial aid there. Will the cancellation of my financial aid at the
community college affect my eligibility at the next college?
— Lauren S.
Each college evaluates whether you are making satisfactory academic
progress according to its own policy. However, your grades at the
first college will affect your eligibility at the second college at
least to the extent that the transfer credits are applied toward the
educational program at the second college. (The second college can
have a policy that counts all
of the work from a previous school
toward the satisfactory academic progress determination even if it
does not apply toward the college's educational program.)
Similarly, if a student changes majors or degree programs, a college
must include in the satisfactory academic progress determination any
classes that count to the new major or degree program. The college has
the option of excluding credits attempted and grades earned that do
not count toward the new major or degree program.
The treatment of transfer credits is discussed in the college's
written satisfactory academic progress policy.
Some students transfer to another college or switch majors in order to
bypass the 150% maximum timeframe restrictions in a college's
satisfactory academic progress policy. However, students who do this
often accumulate excessive debt, in part because it takes them longer
to finish. (Students who lose federal student aid eligibility often
have to borrow the full college costs from private student loan
programs until they regain eligibility. This can be expensive.) Try to
minimize your student loans as much as possible, as is easy to borrow