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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 the academic
catalogue under "Academic Review." Satisfactory academic progress is based on the quality of
your academic performance, which is represented by your GPA, and a quantitative review of
progress, defined as “Pace”, which is represented by the total number of credits successfully
completed toward your degree compared to the total credits you have attempted. Students must
meet the following percentages of their attempted credit hours [on a cumulative basis]:

End of Grade                Minimum Percentage of
      Level                     Attempted Credits

                            Successfully Completed

First year           62.5%

All years following  67%

Pace and gpa are prorated for less than full-time students.

Failure to earn credit for courses due to receiving an F, W, WH, WR, NC, I, or IP are included as
attempted hours for determining “Pace” toward graduation for purposes of Satisfactory
Academic Progress [SAP].

The Academic Standing Committee conducts academic reviews of all students and determines a
student’s status based on criteria outlined under “Academic Review.” Some categories of
Academic Review have implications for a student’s eligibility for federal financial aid. 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. It is the responsibility of all students to be
familiar with these standards. 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. All federal and state grants, loans, and work-study, and Cornell College grants, are
subject to the following Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress policy. The college’s
published program length is 31 credits to complete a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Special
Studies or Bachelor of Music degree. The time frame to complete your degree is 150% [47
credits]. Cornell College aid is not available beyond eight semesters of full-time
attendance. Specific financial assistance programs may require higher minimum standards for
gpa and pace; 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


Financial Aid reviews the decisions of the Academic Standing Subcommittee at the end of each
semester to determine if the student should be placed on FINANCIAL AID WARNING,

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