Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy
The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires that each student maintain satisfactory progress in the course of study the student is pursuing in order to receive Federal Title IV financial aid. The concept of satisfactory progress mandates monitoring of both grade point average and the number of credits completed. In complying with this requirement, Cornell College has developed standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress cited in this Catalogue under "Academic Review." At Cornell, these standards are also applied to state and institutional aid programs.
The Cornell College Satisfactory Academic Progress standards apply to all students who wish to establish or maintain financial assistance eligibility. The standards apply to each student's entire academic record at Cornell, whether or not the student received financial assistance for previous terms of enrollment. In accordance with these standards, each full-time student can be enrolled for a maximum of 12 semesters to complete a baccalaureate degree. Continuing Education students can be enrolled for a maximum of 18 semesters to complete a baccalaureate degree. Specific assistance programs may require more than these minimum standards; additionally, an individual Cornell department may require the student to earn more credit hours or maintain a higher grade point average than required by minimum standards.
If a student is ineligible for financial aid due to lack of satisfactory progress and believes that his or her case has exceptional or extenuating circumstances resulting in this ineligibility, he or she may request within 10 days a review by the Academic Standing Committee in consultation with the Director of Financial Assistance.