Saint Paul College Policies & Procedures - Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Standards Procedure

Students bear primary responsibility for their own academic progress and for seeking assistance when experiencing academic difficulty. Students are encouraged to keep a file of their grades and transcripts.

Qualitative Standard

Students are required to maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.

Quantitative Standard

Students are required to complete a minimum 67% of the cumulative credits attempted based on their enrollment status. Credits attempted will be calculated at the end of each add/drop period.

Maximum Timeframe

All students are expected to complete their program within an acceptable period of time. Financial aid recipients may receive aid until they complete all of their required coursework or until they have attempted 150% of the required course work in their program. All course work attempted at Saint Paul College – A Community & Technical College counts toward maximum timeframe. Any transfer in credits will be subtracted from the number of required credits needed to complete the program.


A student will be placed on academic suspension for failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Academic progress will be monitored as follows:

  1. All students with registered credits during a term will be evaluated at the end of the term.
  2. Any student who fails to meet minimum satisfactory academic progress requirements for one term will be placed on probation for one term, commencing immediately.
  3. A student on probation who fails to meet minimum satisfactory academic progress requirements for a consecutive term will be subject to suspension, commencing immediately.
  4. Students who do not meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standard will automatically be suspended from the Federal Family Education Loan Program.

The College may immediately suspend a student in certain circumstances such as:

  1. A student who was previously suspended and whose academic performance falls below acceptable levels during a subsequent term;
  2. A student who registered for but does not earn any credits for two consecutive terms;
  3. A student who demonstrates an attendance pattern that abuses the receipt of financial aid.

Financial Aid Appeals

A student who fails to make satisfactory academic progress and is suspended from financial aid has the right to appeal based on unusual or extenuating circumstances (e.g. death in the family, student’s injury or illness).

Appeals must be submitted in writing on a form available in the One Stop. The appeal must include an explanation of the circumstances that affected academic progress. If requested, the

appeal must include supporting documentation beyond the written explanation. Appeals must be submitted to the Financial Aid Director. The appeal will be considered by the Financial Aid Committee. A written decision on the appeal will be provided to the student. The decision will be final.

A student who has been suspended and has not successfully appealed his suspension, may return to the college without financial aid. After successful completion of one half-time semester, the student may request reinstatement of financial aid for the next term. Successful completion means passing all classes attempted with a “C” grade in each class. The student remains on probation until he/she reaches the 2.0 GPA and 67% completion rate.


A student who has been suspended from financial aid may return to the college after an appeal has been approved. The student remains on probation.


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