Federal Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid

Federal Regulations require students applying for or receiving Federal Title IV student financial aid at to maintain standards of satisfactory academic progress. This rule applies to all students applying for aid whether or not financial aid has been received previously.

Both quantitative (the maximum time frame/completion rate) and qualitative (grade point average) measures are used in determining satisfactory academic progress for Federal Title IV aid and programs. Programs affected:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Federal Work-Study (FWS)
  • Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Subsidized and Unsubsidized
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loans
  • State Grants and Scholarships

All students must maintain a cumulative completion rate of 67%. Your completion rate is determined by dividing the total number of credits you have earned by the total number of credits you have attempted. Credits transferred from another university count as attempted and earned hours. Any course for which you are scheduled to begin attendance will count as attempted unless you drop the course before it begins. Courses that are dropped before they start will not affect your completion rate.

All undergraduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Graduate students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.67.

A student becomes ineligible for aid after he has attempted 150% of the number of credit hours required for his current degree program. Credits which were taken at another university and transferred to CCU will count as attempted hours.

Academic progress will be checked prior to the initial receipt of financial aid and at the end of each term. If your cumulative completion rate and/or GPA fails to meet the minimum standards noted above, you will be placed on Financial Aid Warning for one semester. You will be notified in writing of this status. If you fail to bring your cumulative GPA and/or completion rate to the required minimum by the end of the warning semester, you will lose your eligibility for Federal Title IV aid.

Any student who feels he has extenuating circumstances which warrant an exemption from the academic-progress policy should submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal to the Enrollment Services Office. Examples of extenuating circumstances include: serious personal injury or illness, death or serious illness of an immediate family member, or significant trauma or life-altering event. The appeal form is available on the CCU student website or from the Enrollment Services Office. If the appeal is approved, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation and will be able to receive Title IV aid for one term. The student must meet the requirements of Satisfactory Academic Progress by the end of the probationary term or he will lose his eligibility for Title IV aid. All appeals for reinstatement will be decided by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee. Committee decisions will be communicated in writing.