At FCC, we value our students’ success. It is important for students to know the College’s policies on academic progress and how those policies affect their academic standing.
Academic Progress Review
Students who are working toward a degree or certificate, or who are enrolled as Open Campus, will have an Academic Progress Review after attempting a total of 12 cumulative credits to determine their current Academic Standing.
All courses attempted by a student – including developmental courses and courses in which the student earns a grade of withdraw, audit, incomplete, or in progress – are included in Academic Progress Review.
View Academic Standards Policy and Procedures
Academic Standing vs. Financial Aid Standing
The standards for Academic Standing are different than those for Financial Aid Standing. In general, Financial Aid is stricter, as it involves free or reduced tuition. Therefore, a student may be in good standing academically, but could be on Financial Aid Probation or Suspension. If you are receiving Financial Aid, you are responsible for knowing the criteria for keeping your aid, which may vary depending on the type of aid you are receiving.
See the Financial Aid eligibility webpage for more information.
Student Success Alerts
Success Alerts are email notices you may receive from your instructor when there is a concern about your performance in class. Success Alerts will be sent to students’ myFCC email account.
Don’t ignore Success Alerts. Your instructor will list specific actions you should consider and will provide information about a variety of support services to help you.
Getting Academic Help
What steps should I take if I am struggling in a course and need help to be successful?
- Talk to your instructor about the problem as soon as possible to get recommendations for how to improve in the course.
- Seek help through the many academic support services. All College services and resources are provided FREE of charge to students.
- Meet with your advisor to help you identify possible options, including:
- Changing your class status from credit to audit to remove the grading pressure. This is advised if you plan to retake this course again for credit.
- Withdrawing from the course in order to salvage your grade point average and free your time so you can do better in your remaining classes.
- Withdraw Dates: The last day to withdraw (or change from credit to audit) is listed in the Credit Schedule each semester.
- Financial Aid: Changing class status or withdrawing may affect your financial aid status. All students receiving financial aid should consult with the financial aid staff in Jefferson Hall (J-336) or at 301.846.2620.
- Athletes: BEFORE making changes to your schedule, all student athletes should check with the Director of Athletics to discuss the impact of withdrawing or switching to audit as either action could affect your eligibility to play sports.