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Satisfactory Academic Progress

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Satisfactory Academic Progress – Graduate


Federal regulations require that schools monitor the academic progress of every federal financial aid recipient and certify that the student is making satisfactory academic progress towards earning his/her degree. Standards of satisfactory academic progress include both quantitative and qualitative measures. These measures include:

  1. Cumulative Grade Point Average - a cumulative 3.0 GPA is required. Students with less than a 2.7 GPA are not eligible for federal aid.
  2. PACE - A minimum percentage of attempted credits hours must be earned every semester. Students must maintain a minimum PACE of 67%.

    PACE is determined by:

      Cumulative # of Earned Hours
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      Cumulative # of Attempted Hours

  3. The maximum time frame for meeting degree requirements. Students must complete their degree within 150% of the published length of the program.


Satisfactory academic progress is evaluated at the conclusion of each term. 

A student whose cumulative GPA is between 2.700 and 2.999 and/or whose PACE is less than 67% is not making Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid. The student is notified by the Financial Aid Office that he/she is on Financial Aid Warning for the subsequent term of attendance.  During the Financial Aid Warning term, the student retains eligibility for federal financial aid. A student whose GPA is less than 2.7 is ineligible for federal financial aid.

A student who meets both the PACE and GPA standards at the conclusion of the Financial Aid Warning term is again meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid and is eligible for federal aid for the subsequent term of attendance.

A student who does not meet both the PACE and GPA standards at the conclusion of the Financial Aid Warning term is notified by the Financial Aid Office that he/she is not making Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid and is ineligible for federal aid for subsequent terms. A student may not have two consecutive Financial Aid Warning terms.

A student may regain federal aid eligibility by taking courses at Clarkson without receiving federal aid that raises the PACE percentage to 67% or the cumulative GPA to 3.0.

Students may only receive federal aid for courses that are required for degree completion. 

For purposes of determining SAP, all grade changes including incompletes must be submitted to SAS and recorded by the Registrar by the 10th day of classes. This deadline may differ from academic departmental guidelines. Any academic grade changes occurring after the 10th class day of the term will have no effect on a student’s SAP status for that term.

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