Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy - Percentage of Credits Completed

Percentage of Credits Completed (effective Academic Year 2009-2010)

To measure a student's completion rate, divide SCSU cumulative credits successfully completed by SCSU credits attempted. This standard will include all academic terms of attempted SCSU enrollment at student's current admission status.

Successful completion of credits means earning a passing grade (A+ through D- or S) in a course.  Grades of F, FN, FW, U, I, IP, W, and Z in a course count as non-completed credits.

Undergraduate:  An undergraduate student meets the standard by successfully completing a minimum of 66.67%  (2/3) of all credits attempted at SCSU.   

Post-baccalaureate/Graduate/Doctoral: To remain eligible for financial aid, students pursuing another undergraduate degree, certificate, licensure, masters or doctoral degree, are required to progress toward completion of a program by successfully completing at least 66.67%  (2/3) of all SCSU credits attempted at their current admission status.

Probation for Insufficient Percentage of Credits Completed
1.  A student who does not maintain a minimum cumulative completion rate of 66.67% at the end of any semester or summer term will be placed on probation for the next semester or summer term of enrollment.
2.  During the probationary semester or summer term, the student is required to raise the cumulative completion rate to at least 66.67%.
3.  If, at the end of the probationary semester or summer term, a student has completed 100 percent of credits for the semester or summer term but has not raised his/her cumulative completion rate to 66.67%, the student will be granted one additional semester or summer term of probation.

Suspension for Insufficient Percentage of Credits Completed
A student on probation who fails to raise his/her cumulative credit completion rate to 66.67% during the probationary period will be suspended from the university through the next semester.  Financial aid for all future terms will be cancelled.

EXAMPLE 1: Jason attended SCSU for three terms and attempted a total of 45 credits during that time. After three terms, he has earned 39 credits and has six credits of withdrawal. To determine his percentage of credits completed, Jason would divide the credits he earned (39) by the credits he attempted (45). Jason's completion rate would be 86.66%; therefore, he would be eligible for financial aid because his 86.66% completion rate exceeds the minimum completion rate requirement of 66.67%.

EXAMPLE 2: Ann attended SCSU for two terms and attempted a total of 32 credits during the two terms. After two terms, she has earned 20 credits, has eight credits of F and four credits of withdrawal. To determine her percentage of credits completed, Ann would divide the credits she earned (20) by the credits she attempted (32). Ann's completion rate would be 62.50%; therefore, she would be ineligible for financial aid because her 62.50% completion rate is less than the minimum completion rate of 66.67%.

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