Evaluation of Academic Progress

At the end of each semester academic progress will be measured by comparing the number of attempted credit hours (including accepted transfer credits) with the credit hours earned and by the student's cumulative grade-point average. This includes any course for which the student has remained enrolled past the Add/Drop period. The following criteria are considered when evaluating a student's SAP:

Credits Attempted

Credits attempted are defined as all classes for which a student receives a passing grade (D- or better, or P), or an F, I, W, L, or WA. Excluded credits are counted as withdrawals - attempted, but not completed.

Credits Completed

Credits completed are defined as all classes for which a student receives a passing grade of D- or better, or P.

Credits Excluded from the Pace Calculation

Remedial credits will not be counted as credits attempted or completed.

Audit credits do not count as credits attempted or completed.

Repeat Courses

Repeat courses count as attempted and completed credits. Financial aid will be paid for repeat courses when the initial grade is an F. Financial aid will only be paid twice for a repeat course if the course has been passed with a D- or better at any time.

By rule, SAP standards must include both a qualitative standard and a quantitative standard:

  • Qualitative Requirement: A student must maintain an acceptable GPA in order to continue to receive financial assistance. The criterion is the maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative GPA; initially, students with less than a 2.00 cumulative GPA will be placed on "Warning" and have one semester to improve their academic record before being placed on "Suspension." Grade-point averages are monitored by the Registrar's office; see the "Policies and Procedures" section for additional information. Students placed on "Warning" are eligible to receive financial aid.

    Please note: College scholarships and some state and federal grants are reduced if the student's cumulative GPA falls below a 3.00. Students should refer to their award letter and Financial Aid Handbook or the Office of Student Financial Aid Services for additional information

  • Quantitative Requirement: A sliding scale is used to monitor an undergraduate student's quantitative requirement. The completion rate is calculated by dividing the number of successfully completed credits by the number of attempted credits over the student's entire academic career, including all accepted transfer credits and any credits earned during periods of enrollment when the student was not receiving financial aid. If a student changes course of study (major), the hours attempted under all courses of study are included in the calculation of attempted and earned hours.