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Maintaining Financial Aid

You maintain financial aid eligibility at Sinclair Community College by meeting the following general eligibility criteria:

  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress for overall financial aid eligibility.
  • Do not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal student loan.
  • Do not have any registration holds. 
  • Not be convicted under any federal or state law for the possession or sale of illegal drugs during a period of enrollment in which you were receiving federal student aid.
  • Be aware of limitations on how long certain aid programs may be received.  
    • The Federal Pell Grant is limited to twelve undergraduate semesters of full-time enrollment or completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
    • Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans have aggregate limits.  Students may only borrow up to a certain amount throughout the course of their education. 
  • Scholarship programs often have academic requirements which must be met in order to renew the aid - such as a certain number of credit hours and/or a minimum grade point average.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year you would like to be reviewed for financial aid.  Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA by May 1 for the upcoming academic year.  Not only do students need a FAFSA for federal student aid, but many state grant programs and some scholarships do require a FAFSA on file.  
  • Continue to meet Federal Financial Aid Eligibility criteria.