Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal regulations require that students attending an educational institution maintain satisfactory academic progress in the degree program they are pursuing in order to receive federal financial assistance. The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that limited federal financial assistance is disbursed only to those students sincere about pursuing and obtaining their educational objectives.

In order to comply with these federal regulations, Clarkson College has established certain standards of satisfactory academic progress. All continuing and former students who apply for financial aid must meet the academic standards listed below before federal assistance is certified and disbursed to the student.

The progress for each student will be verified with official Clarkson College enrollment records at the completion of each semester/quarter/term. To meet satisfactory academic progress, Clarkson College students must meet the following standards:

Undergraduate Qualitative Standard

  • An undergraduate student must maintain a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Undergraduate Pace Standards

  • An undergraduate student must successfully complete at least 66 percent of total credit hours attempted. Grades of F, Incomplete (I), Withdrawal (W, WF, WP) and No Pass (NP) are not considered successful. A student’s transfer hours that count toward the student’s program will be considered as both hours attempted and hours successfully completed when calculating the student’s SAP pace.
  • A student pursuing an undergraduate degree at Clarkson College may not receive financial assistance when the student has attempted more than 150 percent of the required number of credit hours to complete the degree. The total number of credit hours includes courses taken at other institutions, which are applied to Clarkson College degree requirements. For example, if the undergraduate degree requires 130 credit hours for completion, the student may receive financial aid for up to 195 credit hours (150 percent of the credit hours required).

Graduate Qualitative Standard

  • A graduate student must maintain a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Graduate Pace Standards

  • A graduate student must successfully complete at least 75 percent of the total semester hours attempted. Grades F, Incomplete (I), Withdraw (W, WF, WP) and No Pass (NP) are not considered successful. A student’s transfer hours that count toward the student’s program will be considered as both hours attempted and hours successfully completed when calculating the student’s SAP pace.
  • A student pursuing a graduate degree at Clarkson College may not receive financial assistance when the student has attempted more than 150 percent of the required number of credit hours to complete the degree. The total number of credit hours includes courses taken at other institutions which are applied to Clarkson College degree requirements. For example, if the graduate degree requires 40 credit hours for completion, the student may receive financial aid for up to 60 credit hours (150 percent of the credit hours required).