A-1: Maximum Time Frame for Degree Completion
A-2: PACE Standards
A-3: Qualitative Standards - Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
A-4: Warning Term
A-5: Appeal Process
A-6: Repeated Courses
A-7: Academic Grade Changes & Incompletes
A-8: Readmitted Students
The US Department of Education has issued new Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements effective July 1, 2011. These requirements are part of the Program Integrity Final Regulations issued on October 29, 2010.
The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy that follows includes the requirements of the Program Integrity Regulations that were effective at the beginning of the Fall 2011 term. Revisions to this policy were made on March 13, 2020 and are effective with the SAP evaluation that will be conducted at the end of the Spring 2020 semester and moving forward.
Federal regulations require institutions to evaluate Financial Aid SAP at the end of the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. Both full-time and part-time enrollment status must be evaluated as well as periods of enrollment during which the student did not receive financial aid.
All students are encouraged to become familiar with the policy as eligibility for federal and institutional aid may be an important factor in being able to continue one’s education at Clarkson.
Students must maintain SAP to retain eligibility for federal and institutional financial aid. SAP is comprised of three areas as required by federal regulations. A student must complete their degree within a specified period, demonstrate PACE by earning a minimum percentage of attempted credit hours and maintain a cumulative GPA that is consistent with meeting graduation requirements. Some institutional scholarships (i.e. Honors, Endowed and Sponsored Scholarships) may require higher academic achievement than the standards outlined in this section. Students with questions regarding specific scholarships are advised to contact their Student Administrative Services (SAS) representative.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards for Financial Aid are based on a student’s cumulative record and are separate from Academic Standing determinations. A student who is on academic warning, academic probation, or has been approved to continue after separation retains financial aid eligibility provided the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards for Financial Aid (detailed below) are met.