Although it varies between schools, a good GPA is important for many reasons. Not only does it demonstrate that you're serious about your studies and academic achievement, it also proves to college admissions officials that you have what it takes to keep up with more demanding coursework and assignments.
Under the new federal Satisfactory Report Progress legislation, maintaining a solid GPA could be also be a deciding factor in whether your financial aid payments keep coming. According to The Sophian, the student newspaper of Smith College, new regulations would require students to maintain a GPA of 2.0 in order to continue receiving funding. Students will also have to achieve steady attendance rates to keep receiving financial aid payments.
Currently, schools across the country are working to spread the word of this new federal legislation to students.
"We are doing everything we can to make students fully aware of the new regulations and encourage them to talk with their advisers to make decisions about their best course of action," Misti Adams, director of student financial aid and scholarships for Northwestern State University, told The Town Talk.
In light of the new guidelines, it's even more important to maintain a good GPA and attendance record. Many schools and universities offer societies after-school clubs to help students who are struggling with a particular class to improve their grades. If you're concerned about your GPA, discuss the situation with your student adviser or college admission officer.