Satisfactory Academic Progress
Federal and state governments require that each college have standards of satisfactory academic progress (SAP) for determining continued eligibility for student financial aid. SAP standards measure both the quantity and quality of course work completed. SAP includes the following three elements: grade point average, course completion rate and maximum time frame:
Grade Point Average – Undergraduate students are required to maintain a 2.0 grade point average by the end of their first year of full time study (24-30 credit hours of coursework). A cumulative 2.0 grade point average must be maintained from that point forward. Students who entered CUC prior to the Fall 2010 semester will follow the standards from the University Catalog that was in effect for the year they entered.
Course Completion Rate – Undergraduate students are required to complete two-thirds (67 percent) of all credit coursework attempted. The completion rate is calculated as a percentage of completed coursework over the student’s entire enrollment at CUC. Students must maintain a cumulative 67 percent course completion rate.
Grades of W, F, IF, or U, are considered as coursework attempted but not completed.
Maximum Time Frame – Students are allowed to receive financial assistance until they have exceeded 150 percent of the number of credit hours needed to complete their degree program at CUC. Since the average number of credit hours needed to complete the bachelor’s degree is 128 hours, students may not receive financial assistance upon attempting more than 192 credit hours. Credits transferred into CUC are included as credits attempted for SAP purposes. Students in degree programs requiring more than 128 credit hours may appeal to the Director of Financial Aid for an extension, if necessary.
In addition, if students fail to meet the above standards of satisfactory progress, then they will be placed on Probation Status or Disqualification Status.
Probation Status - Students who do not meet the standards of satisfactory academic progress will be on Probation status for his/her next term of attendance. During the probation period, the student is still allowed to receive their need-based financial aid. Certain merit scholarships, which require the student to maintain a specified grade point average, may still be affected.
Disqualification Status – Students who fail to meet the standards of satisfactory academic progress after a semester on probation will become disqualified from receiving further financial assistance from federal, state and/or Concordia funds. This includes eligibility for grants, student loans, parent loans, CUC need-based and merit scholarships and CUC faculty/staff waivers.
Appeals for the Reinstatement of Financial Assistance:
Students may appeal their disqualification status, if mitigating circumstances contributed to their inability to meet the required standards of satisfactory progress. Students should write a letter, addressed to the Standards of Satisfactory Progress Committee, explaining their circumstance and what has changed, which will allow for their success in the future. Students are expected to submit supporting documentation when applicable.
GI Bill recipients must comply with the University’s overall Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.