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.    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 credit hours to receive a degree.   Ithaca College uses a quantitative standard that measures program pursuit by the percentage of credits successfully completed by the end of the spring semester each academic year.   


Program pursuit

To remain in good academic standing for federal 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 the spring semester. 

GPA requirements

To remain in good academic standing for federal 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 will review the 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 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 a 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 a 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.

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