Financial Aid Office

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy - General Policies and Procedures

I, IP, W, F, FN, U, and Z Grades: Courses for which you receive a letter grade of I (incomplete), IP (in-progress), W (withdrawal), F (failure), FN (failure for non-attendance), U (unsatisfactory), and Z (no grade reported) will be treated as credits attempted but not successfully completed.

Academic Forgiveness: Credits for which students have been granted academic forgiveness will be included when determining your cumulative GPA and percentage of credits completed, and also maximum time frame calculations.

Audits: Classes taken for audit purposes only will not count as credits attempted or credits earned.

Consortium Agreements: If you are an SCSU student and enroll in credits at another college or university through a consortium agreement, these credits will be treated as transfer credits (see "Transfer Credits" below).

Remedial/Developmental Courses: Classes in these categories will be included when determining both your cumulative GPA and your percentage of credits completed. Up to 30 remedial/developmental credits shall be excluded from the maximum time-frame calculation.

Repeats: Repeated credits will be treated as credits attempted but no additional credit will be allowed. The SCSU Academic Policy may limit the number of times you may repeat a course. When an undergraduate course is repeated, the highest grade earned will be the official grade used to calculate GPA. When a graduate course is repeated, both grades are used in determining the cumulative grade point average.

Transfer Credits: Transfer credits accepted by SCSU count as credits earned and attempted for calculation of your cumulative completion percentage; however, grades associated with these credits will not be used to calculate your cumulative GPA. Transfer credits accepted by SCSU will be used to determine the credit range for the minimum cumulative GPA requirement and will apply toward the maximum time frame calculation. If you are transferring to SCSU with a significant number of credits, you should determine how many credits of remaining eligibility you have. Then plan your coursework accordingly to ensure graduation within the maximum time frame, including accepted transfer credits and attempted SCSU credits.

Withdrawals: Credits for which a grade of “W” is received are considered attempted credits but not successfully completed credits for the purpose of monitoring satisfactory academic progress. Thus, a “W” does not impact GPA but does negatively impact the cumulative completion percentage.


Credit by Examination: Courses which appear on a student’s SCSU transcript as credit-by-examination will not count as credits attempted but will count as credits earned.

Class Registration: If you are not meeting satisfactory academic progress and your financial aid has been cancelled, your class registration will not automatically be cancelled for non-payment of tuition and fees. You must cancel your registration to avoid being billed by the university.

Warning: The status assigned to a student after the first semester or term in which the minimum requirements of the policy are not met. Financial aid eligibility continues for one additional semester or term at this status.

Probation: The status assigned to a student who successfully appeals a suspension of eligibility or has successfully completed the requirements of an academic plan.

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