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.
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