Undergraduate students who wish to maintain eligibility for federal, state and/or institutional aid, including grants, loans, and work-study, must meet the following standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). SAP evaluations are completed at the end of the Spring term. Students who do not meet the SAP standards at that point are not eligible for continuation of their aid, without a successful appeal.
Credit and GPA Requirements
To be in Academic Good Standing at Quinnipiac and meeting SAP, undergraduate students must meet both a minimum grade point average and completed credit requirements.
A student fails to meet Academic Good Standing requirements if his or her:
cumulative GPA is below 2.0
semester GPA is below 2.0 in any two consecutive semesters
If a student also fails to satisfactorily complete remedial actions as stipulated in their Improvement Plan after being placed on financial aid probation, they will be considered unsatisfactory for financial aid eligibility purposes.
In addition to the GPA requirements, all students must complete course work over a period no longer than 150% of their program length to maintain the satisfactory academic progress standards of the university. For example, a full-time student enrolled in a four-year degree program must successfully complete an average of 10 credits per semester registered.
A part-time student must complete an average of 6 credits per semester registered. Some individual degree programs have higher GPA and credit requirements for students to maintain program eligibility. Consequently, students should consult the program description in the catalog for the requirements of their individual program.
The Academic Good Standing requirements for transfer students are based on the number of credits accepted for transfer. For example, students who enter Quinnipiac with 20 transfer credits are considered to have completed two semesters and are subject to the requirements of a third-semester student during her/his first semester at Quinnipiac. However, minimum GPA is based only on courses completed at Quinnipiac, as grades do not transfer.
Furthermore, students who are on Academic Probation are considered to not be making Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Students should also know that failure to meet the academic good standing requirements may result in the loss of financial aid and/or scholarship and may affect their eligibility for campus housing. Also, individual programs may have other academic requirements to remain in good standing in the specific program. Students should refer to the program section of the catalog for information regarding individual program requirements. Individual programs or scholarships may have GPA and completed credit requirements that are higher than those listed above.
Quantitative and qualitative measurements are normally taken annually at the end of the spring semester. Students who are on probation as a result of a successful SAP appeal are considered to be making satisfactory academic progress. Any standards, conditions and requirements outlined in a student’s probationary letter will be measured at the end of the probationary term in order to assess continued financial aid eligibility. Students who fail to meet ANY terms and conditions set forth in their probation will lose eligibility for financial aid from that point, forward.