Fall 2016 is still a long ways off, but PCC has already sent out notices to students on academic probation to remind them about the new education code that will strip them of their financial aid if they don’t meet minimum academic standards.
Approved by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors in 2014, the new policy won’t go into effect for another year to allow students on academic probation a chance to raise their grades and meet PCC’s academic standards.

According to Cynthia Olivo, associate vice president of student affairs, the notice that PCC sent out is a reminder to students on probation or facing dismissal that they have a chance to keep their fee waivers and that PCC has the tools to help them succeed.

“It seems scary for students in this situation,” said Olivo. “[The notice] brings students out to get help.”

The notice encourages students who are in danger of loosing their BOG fee waiver to make a counseling appointment to get back on track before fall 2016.

Olivo also encouraged students to seek help from other sources on campus, such as tutoring, counseling or psychological services.

When the law goes into effect, students who have two consecutive semesters of probation status (including dismissal) will lose their eligibility for their BOG fee waiver.

For students who lose their fee waiver, there will be an appeals process in case of extenuating circumstances, like illness or changes in an economic situation. Students who show significant improvement in the semester after losing eligibility for the BOG fee waiver can also appeal the loss.

The new policy is the latest in a series of reforms by the Board of Governors to help students graduate and transfer more quickly.

PCC administration will also notify students again in spring 2016.

One Reply to “College students in danger of losing fee waiver if unable to meet academic standards”

  1. Loosing? Really?
    Loose and lose are two completely distinct words, with different meanings and pronunciations. Getting them wrong means that people might not understand what you mean, or they’ll criticize you for poor spelling. In the interests of good English, reducing confusion, and not triggering the ever-vigilant spellchecker in my head, here’s some advice on how to choose the right spelling.

    Lose that extra ‘o’!

    The word lose, with a solitary ‘o’, is mainly* a verb. The forms of this verb are:

    infinitive and present tense lose
    past tense/past participle lost
    present participle/verbal noun losing
    You pronounce most of the verb forms of lose with a long ‘oo’ sound: the infinitive and present tense, lose , rhymes with booze and snooze; the present participle and verbal noun form, losing, rhymes with boozing and snoozing. This is the main reason why people want to spell lose and losing with two ‘o’s: it seems logical because of the pronunciation – but hey, you should know by now that English spelling often strays from the path of reason!

    The irregular past tense and past participle, lost, doesn’t cause a problem when you write it (there aren’t any English examples of the spelling loost on the OEC): because you say it with a short ‘o’ sound, rhyming with frost, you’re not tempted to add another ‘o’.

    The central meanings of to lose are:

    To be unable to find someone or something:
    My friend was always losing his keys and his cellphone.
    She grabbed Mark’s hand so she wouldn’t lose him in the crowd.

    To have less of something:
    His strength and endurance will improve if he loses weight.
    He said that workers will also lose money by staying away from work.

    To no longer have or keep something:
    By now O’Brien was losing his patience.
    Rosa, who can’t afford to lose her job, is unwilling to take any risks.

    To fail to win a game or contest:
    In high stakes poker, the first man to blink when bluffing loses.
    That night, I was on the losing side.

    TIP: if the word you want is a verb with any of these meanings, then you always spell lose with a single ‘o’.

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