2016-2017 Student Handbook

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Purposes

Students receiving certain federal, state and institutional aid must meet the standards of progress outlined below. The requirements for those standards are set by federal regulation 34 CFR Sections 668.16(e), 668.32(f) and 668.34.

Financial aid is awarded and continued contingent upon maintenance of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as follows:

  • Maintain a cumulative 2.0 grade point average.
  • Make progress toward your degree, known as a completion ratio. Minimum progress requires students to earn 67 percent of all credit hours attempted, including transfer courses accepted (hours earned / hours attempted = completion ratio).
  • Attempt no more than 150 percent of the total credit hours in the current degree or certificate program.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid or refer to the CF catalog for a complete explanation of the Standards of Progress, suspension of financial aid and the appeal process. It is important to understand withdrawing from classes can adversely affect a student's completion ratio and may drop the student below 67 percent. For financial aid purposes, remaining enrolled in a course for credit beyond the official add/drop period counts as an attempt. All attempted courses are counted, even if taken as part of a different degree program.