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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.
Attempted credits usually reflect course loads maintained in a student’s permanent record at the college.
Accumulated credits should reflect credits that the student earned toward the completion of the degree program in which the student is enrolled.
Enrollment in remedial courses will not be included as attempted credits for financial aid.
Withdrawals 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 do not meet the standard may appeal to the Federal Student Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals Committee by completing a "Title IV Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form" available on the Office of Financial Services website under "Printable Forms". These appeals are evaluated based on 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 semester probation period for the student to improve his or her academic record and meet the appropriate standard for the degree program in which the student is enrolled. The student may be given an Academic Plan.