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Satisfactory Academic Progress For Federal Financial Aid
In order to be making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree, for the purposes of receipt of Title iv Federal Student Assistance, an undergraduate student must meet two distinct criteria. There is a qualitative measure, which is a minimum GPA and a quantitative measure, which is a minimum number of credits completed based upon attempted credits.
A student must achieve at least the minimum GPA based on the number of credits earned according to the chart below. CUNY Board of Trustee policy for for good academic standing requires that students maintain a sliding cumulative grade point average based on the number of credits attempted as follows:
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An undergraduate student attending Queensborough Community College must complete a minimum number of credits based upon the number of attempted credits, as described on the following link.
Students will be measured against the satisfactory academic progress standard at the end of the spring term to determine eligibility for receipt of Title IV financial assistance for the upcoming year.
Important Federal Notes
The attempted credits usually reflect course loads maintained in a student’s permanent record at the college.
The accumulated credits should reflect credits that the student earned toward the completion of the degree program in which the student in enrolled.
Enrollment in remedial courses will not be included as attempted credits for financial aid.
Withdrawals which are recorded on a student’s permanent record will be included as attempted credits and will have an effect on the student’s capability to meet the appropriate standard. A Retroactive “non-punitive” withdrawal may result in the requirement for a student to repay any assistance received as a result of the student’s enrollment at the time of receipt of the student assistance.
Courses with incomplete grades are included as attempted credits. However, these courses cannot be used as credits accumulated toward the degree since successful completion is the criterion for positive credit accumulation.
Repeated courses. Repeated courses can generally be accepted toward degree requirements once. However, each time a student attempts a course, it is included as part of the attempted credit record. Therefore, repeated courses, regardless of the prior grade, reduce the student’s capacity to meet the appropriate credit accumulation standard.
Appeal procedures. Undergraduate students who fall beneath the conditional undergraduate standard may appeal through the normal institutional academic appeals processes. These appeals should be evaluated for mitigating circumstances resulting from events such as personal illness, injury, personal tragedy, changes in academic program, and the reasonableness of the student’s capability for improvement to meet the appropriate standard for the degree program in which the student is enrolled. A successful appeal would result in the granting of a one year probation period for the student to improve the academic record to meet the appropriate standard for the degree program in which the student is enrolled. There is no limit on the number of times a student may follow this appeals procedure.
- Non-Standard Admissions Situation.
- Readmitted students. Upon readmission after a one year period of non-re-enrollment, the student will receive assistance for the terms in the academic year of readmission and will be evaluated for future eligibility at the end of the spring term against the appropriate standard for the degree program in which the student is enrolled. If a student is readmitted after less than one year of non-enrollment, the academic record will be evaluated for satisfactory academic progress under these standards as the record stood at the end of the last term of attendance.
- Transfer students. Transfer students, from colleges inside and outside CUNY, shall have their status initialized for purposes of satisfactory academic progress measurement by using the number of credits determined to be acceptable toward the degree as both the students’ cumulative attempted credits and cumulative earned credits.
- Second degree students. Students enrolling for a second degree shall have their status initialized for purposes of satisfactory academic progress measurement by using the number of credits determined to be acceptable toward the degree as both the students’ cumulative attempted credits and cumulative earned credits.