Student Registration & Financial Services

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Spring semester 2020 special exception

Courses having grades of W, I, or IP will be excluded from Credit Completion Rate (CCR) if the last date of attendance or grade recorded by faculty is after March 12, 2020.

If you are receiving federal and/or state financial aid, you are expected to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress toward completing your degree.  The purpose of this requirement is to encourage all students to progress steadily at a reasonable rate toward graduation. 

In addition to complying with the financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy, all students must also comply with the University’s Academic Warning, Suspension, Probation, Dismissal policy and procedure.

St. Cloud State University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress policy applies to the following financial aid programs:

  • Federal and State Grant Programs (Pell Grant, SEOG, MN State Grant, TEACH Grant, MN Post-Secondary Child Care Grant, MN GI Bill, MN Indian Scholarship)
  • William D. Ford Federal Direct Stafford Loan Programs (Subsidized, Unsubsidized, PLUS, and Grad PLUS)
  • Federal and State Work Study
  • St. Cloud State University Scholarships

In addition, some private loan and scholarship programs may require the student to maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the school.

Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards

To measure your progress, the Financial Aid Office will evaluate your academic record each semester by reviewing your cumulative GPA, credit completion rate, and the number of credits you have earned compared to the published length of your program.  To maintain satisfactory academic progress you must meet all of the following requirements:

Cumulative Grade Point Average and Percentage of Credits Completed

Grade Point Average (GPA) - Qualitative Measure

Credit Completion Rate (CCR) and Maximum Time Frame - Quantitative Measure

Additional Policy Information

Evaluation Period

Failure to Meet Standards



Notification of Status and Appeal Results

Reinstatement of Financial Aid

Treatment of Grades and Credits


See University Policies for all additional academic requirements. 

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