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Fresh Start logoThe Fresh Start Program supports students who fall into probation or dismissal status. The goal of Fresh Start is to ensure that all students who have experienced academic and or personal setbacks receive meaningful support.

The Fresh Start Program offers intentional counseling, case management, and educational resources while helping students develop success strategies to get back on track and return to good standing.

As a Panther, we want to ensure that you receive our support, feel more confident, motivated to reach your educational, career, and life goals while building connections at Sacramento City College.


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Support Services We Offer

  • Counseling and advising
  • Workshops
  • Increased GPA
  • Resource referrals
  • Connections to support programs on- and off-campus

Fresh Start supports students who are placed on Probation 1, Probation 2, or Dismissal status.

Note: Students enrolled at multiple Los Rios colleges will receive a different academic standing at each campus. Students should address their probation or dismissal status at their home campus. Please note that probation or dismissal holds affect enrollment throughout the district, until the hold is addressed.

How to Address A Probation or Dismissal Hold

For Students on Progress Probation

  • Attend one Fresh Start workshop
  • Meet with a counselor (optional)

For Students on Academic Probation

  • Meet with a counselor

For Students on Dismissal

  • Meet with a counselor
  • Complete a Readmission Petition
  • Achieve a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Complete at least half of attempted units

Fresh Start Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Academic Probation and Progress Probation?

Academic Probation is when your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 (after attempting at least 12 units). Progress Probation is when 50% or more of your courses received a W, Incomplete, or NP.

Who do I contact about Probation or Dismissal?

Fresh Start Success Team

What does Academic Dismissal and Progress Dismissal mean?

Academic Dismissal is when you have a cumulative GPA of below 2.0 for three consecutive semesters. Progress Dismissal is when more than 50% of your courses received a W, Incomplete, or NP, for three consecutive semesters.

Will Probation or Dismissal affect my financial aid?

Students on Probation 2 or Dismissal may lose their California College Promise Grant (formerly BOG Fee Waiver). You may appeal your loss of the California College Promise Grant if, in the most recent term, you earned a GPA of 2.0 or higher and completed more than 50% of units attempted.

For questions regarding your financial aid, contact the Financial Aid office at (916) 558-2501. Your Student I.D and Verification PIN will be required to answer questions regarding your file.

How do I get my Dismissal hold removed?

Students on Dismissal must attend a mandatory Fresh Start Workshop to learn valuable information and strategies to return to good academic standing and meet with a Fresh Start Counselor to complete.

How can I improve my GPA?

Your counselor will review your transcript to determine strategies to improve your GPA and return to Good Standing. There are many ways to improve your GPA:

  • Complete more units with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Course Repetition: Repeat courses where you earned a grade of D or F.
  • Participate in campus programs and services such as tutoring.
  • Academic Renewal: Ask your Counselor if you qualify. See catalog for more information. (add a hyperlink to the work catalog)
  • Withdraw from courses early: prior to the last day to drop without notation on record.

What if I don't attend a Fresh Start Workshop?

If you do not attend a workshop or meet with a Counselor, the probation hold will remain on your account. This hold will not allow you to enroll in classes next semester.

If I attend a workshop, am I off probation?

No. Attending a Fresh Start workshop fulfills your requirement for probation 2. However, your academic standing will remain the same until grades post.

Can I still enroll in classes if I go into dismissal?

Yes, if this is your first semester of dismissal (and you’ve met the requirements to remove your dismissal hold).


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