Eligibility Requirements for Federal Student Aid

In order to be eligible for financial aid you must:
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • have a valid high school diploma or GED, or complete state approved home schooling;
  • have demonstrated financial need by completing the FAFSA;
  • be admitted into an approved degree or certificate program at FCC;
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress;
  • not be in default on a loan at any school;
  • not owe a refund on a grant at any school;
  • be registered with Selective Service, if required;
  • be enrolled for at least six (6) credit hours (not including audited courses). Some students enrolled for fewer than six credit hours may be eligible for the Pell Grant.

Maintaining eligibility: 

Satisfactory Academic Progress
If you do not meet the stated academic standards at the end of a semester (see chart below), you will be placed on Financial Aid Warning.  While on Financial Aid Warning, you are eligible to receive financial aid for one more semester.   If you do not meet the published standards at the end of the Warning semester, you will be suspended (even if you passed all of your classes).

Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards for Financial Aid

Students receiving any federal, state, or institutional financial aid must be making satisfactory progress toward a degree or certificate in order to continue to receive assistance. If you have attended FCC prior to applying for financial aid, all prior academic coursework is included in the calculation of satisfactory academic progress. Your progress is reviewed at the end of each semester and will be determined by three criteria*:

a. COMPLETION RATE:  the percentage of courses (credit and non-credit) completed each semester, including summer sessions;

b. GPA:  minimum grade point average for total credits attempted; and

c. MAXIMUM TIMEFRAME:  program completion within the specified time frame.

You are required to meet the completion rate and minimum grade point average requirements listed below:

Total Credits Attempted
Minimum GPA
Completion Rate (of total attempted)
0 - 24 2.00 50%
25 - 45 2.00 60%
46 & above 2.00 70%

* Credits attempted include developmental classes. See the Schedule of Classes for the credit hour equivalent for developmental coursework. Grades of Incomplete (I), Repeat (R), In Progress (Z), Audit (X), Withdraw (W), and Fail (F) are not considered successful completion.

If you do not meet the stated academic standards at the end of a semester, you will be placed on Financial Aid Warning.  See FAQ #6.
If you receive all non-passing grades for all classes in a semester, you must document your attendance in classes. You will be notified as to procedures to document attendance and all future financial aid awards will be canceled until attendance is documented.

Maximum Time Frame

Financial aid applicants must complete their degree or certificate program within a time frame that is no longer than 150% of the published length of the program. The time frame includes all attempted coursework at FCC plus transfer and advanced placement credits. Even if you change degree programs, all coursework must be counted. The appropriate time frame is calculated according to your current degree program.

For example, the General Studies A.A. degree program requires a maximum of 66 credit hours. To maintain financial aid eligibility, you may attempt no more than 99 credit hours to complete the degree program.

Remedial Coursework

If you are enrolled in an eligible program you can receive financial aid for up to one year (30 credits) of non-credit (remedial) coursework. Remedial coursework is not counted when determining maximum time frame.

Appeal Process and Reinstatement of Financial Aid

If you become ineligible for financial aid due to academic progress or because the maximum time frame has been reached, you may submit a written appeal to the Director of Financial Aid.   If you had mitigating circumstances that affected academic performance, a written appeal with appropriate documentation should be submitted to the Director of Financial Aid at the time ineligibility is determined. You will also be required to meet with an academic advisor to develop an academic plan for success.  All appeals are reviewed by a Financial Aid Committee.   An Appeal for Financial Aid Suspension, Maximum Time Frame and Unusual Enrollment History can be found here. Please complete all steps listed on the form.

Financial Aid


Email: Financial Aid
Jefferson Hall
Suite J-301 (third floor)
Phone: 301.846.2480
Fax: 301.624.2886

Current office hours:

Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Student Accounts 

Email: Student Accounts
Jefferson Hall
Suite J-119 (first floor)
Phone: 301-846-2658
Fax: 301-846-2648

Current office hours:
Monday  - Thursday

8:30a.m.- 7:00p.m.

8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.


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