Satisfactory Academic Progress

Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress

Your academic success is important. Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress is necessary for you to realize the full benefit of the opportunities provided you through the Federal Financial Aid Program. Please take time to read our Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. It can vary from one academic year to another. If you have any questions, please contact us.

2018-2019 Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals

When a student loses federal student aid eligibility because they failed to make satisfactory academic progress, he or she may appeal that result on the basis of: his injury or illness, the death of a relative, or other special circumstances. The appeal must explain why they failed to make satisfactory progress and what has changed in their situation that will allow them to make satisfactory progress at the next evaluation.

If you have lost federal aid eligibility and have a special circumstance that you can document, you may request to appeal the exclusion. There are several steps to the process:

  1. Check to be sure financial aid file is complete through My NWACC Connection
  2. Sign up for one of two online Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Workshops

Appeal workshops are in the form of an online class and are held once a year in the months of May and June. If your appeal is approved, the approval begins with the upcoming Fall semester. Fall 2018 workshop registration will open on May 1, 2018.   The class will take approximately  ½ to 1 hour to complete. When workshop registration is live, you will be able to click on the button below to view the May and June classes. We will not open up the June class until the May class is full or until May 31st.  You will receive an email to your NWACC email account with a link to the online Canvas class approximately one week from the day you registered for the workshop.

  1. Complete appeal form and gather documentation
  2. Make an appointment to see advisor
  3. Turn in the appeal form at the Enrollment Support Center


Satisfactory Academic Process Appeal Workshop


If you have question, please visit the Enrollment Support Center or contact them at 479-986-4000 or by email


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