Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College monitors student’s progression towards the completion of their certificate, diploma or degree in three different ways:
- Qualitative Standard – monitored to ensure that students are completing course with a GPA high enough to graduate at the end of their course requirements.
- Quantitative Standard – monitored to ensure that students are completing the required number of credit hours each semester to complete their certificate, diploma or degree in 150% of the published time frame (measured in credit hours) of their current program.
- Maximum Time Frame – monitored to ensure that students who have transferred in or changed programs will be able to complete their certificate, diploma or degree in 150% of the published time frame (measured in credit hours) of their current program.
Points to Remember
Students who are transferring courses in or have already completed a program at OCtech may be ineligible for financial aid based on Maximum Time Frame rules. Students who change from a degree program to a certificate or diploma program may lose their eligibility for financial aid immediately depending on the number of hours they have attempted. Please check with an academic counselor or financial aid counselor before changing your major.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal
Students who are not making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) and are placed on a Financial Aid Suspension are ineligible to receive financial aid. However, if documented, extenuating circumstances (i.e., circumstances beyond the student’s control) contributed to the lack of satisfactory academic progress, the student may request reconsideration by filing an appeal.
Spring 2024 Appeal Form
To be considered for Spring 2024 financial aid, it is recommended that you submit your appeal and supporting documentation no later than January 8, 2024. Appeal decisions will be emailed to you by January 12, 2024. It is your responsibility to check your campus email for the appeal decision. Please note that submitting an appeal application does not automatically guarantee approval.