Academic Standing and Progress

Academic Standing and Progress

Students are required to meet certain standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress to maintain eligibility for federal student aid and institutional aid. Colleges are required to measure a student’s progress by qualitative and quantitative standards. Additionally, students must complete all degree requirements within 150% of the published length of their degree program. Ithaca College uses a quantitative standard that measures program pursuit by the percentage of attempted credits that are successfully completed by a student. The college uses a student's cumulative grade point average as a measure of the qualitative standard.

Program Pursuit (quantitative standard)

To remain in good academic standing for federal and institutional aid, an Ithaca College undergraduate 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. A student’s progress toward program pursuit is reviewed at the end of each spring semester. 

GPA Requirements (qualitative standard)

To remain in good academic standing for federal and institutional aid, an Ithaca College undergraduate student must have earned a cumulative grade point of average of at least 1.8 by the end of his/her first year of study. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for all subsequent years. Ithaca College reviews cumulative grade point average 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. A student may request a waiver of these eligibility requirements by submitting a Waiver Request Form to the Office of Student Financial Services. The information submitted should include the following information:

  1. The reason why he/she did not meet the minimum academic requirements listed above.
  2. Documentation of any unique circumstance that may have contributed to the student’s inability to meet the standards.
  3. A plan for meeting the standards in a reasonable time frame. This plan may 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.

Students denied a waiver and those who choose not to apply for a waiver will be ineligible for federal and institutional aid until they are once again meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards detailed in Ithaca College’s catalog under “Academic Standing and Progress”. The minimum standard that must be met by an undergraduate student after the first year of study is a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a credit completion rate of 67% of all attempted credits. A graduate student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a credit completion rate of 67% of all attempted credits. When the student is once again meeting these standards, s/he is eligible for federal aid and institutional funding.

Waiver of Standards

Students who do not meet the minimum SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) requirements as of the end of the spring semester are ineligible for federal and institutional aid. These students may apply for a one-time waiver of the minimum requirements. If granted a one-time waiver, a student’s federal and institutional aid are reinstated for a period of one semester. At the end of the waiver semester, the student must be meeting the minimum SAP requirements. If the student is not meeting the minimum standards, s/he is ineligible for federal and institutional aid until s/he is meeting minimum SAP requirements. Students who are denied a waiver or who do not apply for one, regain eligibility for aid when they are once again meeting minimum SAP requirements.

See Academic Standing and Progress.

Waiver request forms are available from the Office of Student Financial Services. Completed waiver request forms and supporting documentation should be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Services.

Students denied a waiver and those who do not apply for a waiver may regain eligibility for federal and institutional aid by meeting the minimum Academic Standing and Progress requirements.