Academic Standing and Eligibility

Academic Standing and Progress

Students are required to meet certain standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to maintain eligibility for federal and institutional aid. The College is required to measure students’ progress using a qualitative standard (GPA) and a quantitative standard (progress toward a degree). Additionally, students must complete all degree requirements within 150% of the timeframe that the College has determined it should take to earn that degree (measured in credit hours). Recipients of federal student aid and/or institutional funding are expected to make reasonable progress toward their degree as a condition of receiving and continuing to receive that aid.  

Program pursuit (quantitative standard)

To remain in good academic standing for federal and institutional aid, an Ithaca College graduate student must successfully complete 67% of all credit hours attempted. Class grades of F, W, I or U are not considered to be successfully completed classes. Transfer credits accepted by Ithaca College are included in this calculation. Progress toward program pursuit is reviewed for all students at the end of the spring semester each academic year. 

GPA requirements (qualitative standard)

To remain in good academic standing for federal and institutional aid, an Ithaca College graduate student must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Ithaca College reviews cumulative grade point average for all students at the end of the spring semester each academic year.

A student who fails to meet the above requirements will be ineligible for federal and institutional financial aid until the appropriate standards are achieved. The student may request a one-time waiver of these eligibility requirements if he or she was unable to meet them due to an extenuating circumstance or personal hardship. 

The following are examples of hardship and/or circumstances that may be deemed appropriate for an appeal:

• Injury or illness of the student;

• Injury, illness, or death of an immediate family member or other family difficulty;

• Fire, flood or other catastrophic events;

• Other circumstances beyond your control that occurred during the term in which the student was   

   not able to meet academic progress requirements.

To request a waiver of the College’s SAP standards, the student must submit a Waiver Request Form to the Office of Student Financial Services.  The information submitted should include the following information:

1. The reason why the student was not able to meet the minimum academic requirements.

2. Documentation of any unique circumstance that may have contributed to the student’s inability to meet the standards.

3. An explanation of what has changed in the student’s situation that will allow him or her to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress at the next evaluation.

4. A plan for meeting the standards in a reasonable time frame.  This plan should include an academic plan that the student creates with an academic advisor.

The waiver request will be reviewed by a Satisfactory Academic Progress committee and the student will be notified of the outcome in writing.  All decisions made by the Satisfactory Academic Progress committee are final and cannot be appealed.  The student will have until the end of the next term to meet the College’s SAP requirements.  If the student is not meeting the minimum SAP requirements at the end of the next term, he or she will be ineligible for federal and institutional aid until the requirements are being met.

Students denied a waiver will be ineligible for federal and institutional aid until they are once again meeting the College’s  Satisfactory Academic Progress standards or until they can be approved for a waiver.  Students who do not to apply for a waiver will be ineligible for federal and institutional aid until they are once again meeting the College’s Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.