Academic Probation

A student who fails to maintain a cumulative TJC GPA of 2.0 or higher is placed on academic probation. You may continue to enroll while on probation but are limited to no more than 13 semester hours without prior approval.

Research and experience have shown that students face academic difficulty for all kinds of reasons. Common obstacles include family/relationship concerns, poor time management, poor study skills, emotional/psychological difficulties, illness, lack of major and career focus, course difficulty, lack of motivation, etc. 

Returning to Good Academic Standing

In order to return to good academic standing, students must:

  • Raise cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher

In order to achieve this, you should consider:

  1. Look at the reasons why you encountered academic difficulty by completing the Academic Self-Assessment. Consider sharing your assessment with your Academic Advisor so they can help you develop a plan for success. 
  2. Develop effective academic and personal planning strategies to remain healthy, happy, and successful at TJC.
  3. Adjust your schedule to help you succeed (postpone difficult courses, reduce your course load, use grade forgiveness). Speak with your Academic Advisor for guidance on improving your GPA.
  4. Review and implement the study techniques described in ongoing workshops offered by Tutoring and the Quest Center.
  5. Build time into your weekly schedule for tutoring at the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, STEM Center or Quest Center.
  6. Talking with your instructor(s) during their Office Hours.
  7. Build a comprehensive success strategy for how to use resources such as professors' office hours, the libraryCounseling Services, the Academic Advising Center, and Disability Services.

Academic Self-Assessment

In addition to taking advantage of the resources available in the TJC community, we recommend that all students complete the Academic Self-Assessment. These are personal and private assessments aimed at helping you better understand your own strengths and weaknesses.

This will help you list out what has gone wrong, and process it in a way that frames what the problem might be and most importantly, help you come up with solutions.

How Will Probation Affect My Financial Aid?

Students are expected to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress each academic year. Students on Academic Probation should read the information about aid offered by our Financial Aid Office.

Financial aid guidelines for eligibility

You should speak with a financial aid counselor if you are unsure of your eligibility for aid based on your probation status.

How Can I Calculate and Predict My GPA?

Many students who get on probation have common questions about measuring their performance.

"What grades do I need to get off probation?"

"What if I get a B or C next semester?"

"How can I find out what GPA I need next semester?"

These are all questions related to your Grade Point Average. You can find your GPA in several places in Apache Access including the grades tab, your transcript and Degree Works. To calculate your semester GPA, or determine what you’ll need to make in each of your classes to get above a 2.0, you can use the “GPA Calc” tab in Degree Works.

What Happens If I Don’t Bring up My Gpa?

If you earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher while on probation but your cumulative GPA remains below a 2.0, you will remain on continued probation until your overall GPA reaches 2.0.

If your semester GPA falls below a 2.0 while on probation, you will be placed on academic suspension. For more information on suspension, please visit the Academic Standing page.

Resources for Students on Academic Probation