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Priority Deadlines: Students who submit their Financial Aid Application (FAFSA) and requested documentation on or before the following priority deadlines, and are eligible to receive benefits, will be held in classes. All documents must be received by the financial aid office no later than: 

Fall:  July 1 ST

Spring:  December 1 ST

Summer:  May 1 ST

After Priority Deadlines: Students who submit their Financial Aid Application (FAFSA) after the above priority deadlines should set up a payment plan with the Business Office to insure that their classes will not be cancelled on the day fees are due.  Students should allow 4-6 weeks for the processing of financial aid applications.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students are required to meet the minimum standards of academic progress, as defined by the College, in order to receive federal and state financial aid. The policy of East Central College, in accordance with Title IV federal regulations, requires minimal academic progress based on the following cumulative grade point averages (cgpa) and percentage completion of attempted coursework:

  • Completion of at least 12 semester credit hours of coursework (1.8 cgpa)
  • Completion of at least 24 semester credit hours of coursework (2.0 cgpa)
  • Complete 67% of all coursework attempted.
  • Complete your specified program of study within 150% of time allowed to earn a degree.

A full description of the East Central College minimum standards of academic progress policy, and federal overpayment policy can be opened and printed below.

Minimum Standards of Academic Progress (PDF)

Return of Title IV Funds Policy(PDF)


Lack of attendance and/or reporting of deficient grades within the semester can cause reduction or cancellation of your financial aid.

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