Federal regulations require that all financial aid recipients progress at a reasonable rate (satisfactory academic progress) toward achieving and completing their program of study.
This requirement applies to all GSC students who wish to receive federal financial aid. Students are expected to meet the minimum SAP standards outlined below during each scheduled review. These standards ensure that any student will complete his/her program of study within the maximum timeframe.
Students who fail to achieve these standards will no longer be eligible for financial aid and will be placed on financial aid suspension which will result in the loss of all federal, state and institutional aid, including grants, scholarships, loans and work-study.
The minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards at GSC are defined as:
1. Maintaining a cumulative GPA in accordance with the following scale. Please be advised: at the end of the 2016-2017 financial aid year, the minimum GPA for all undergraduate students will be 2.0 regardless of the number of credits attempted; and 3.0 for all post baccalaureate/graduate students regardless of the number of credits attempted.
|Undergraduate Program GPA||Post-Baccalaureate
|Graduate Program GPA|
|Total Credit Hours Attempted||Cumulative GPA||Total Credit Hours Attempted||Cumulative GPA||Total Credit Hours Attempted||Cumulative GPA|
|0-12||0||0-12||0||Above 0||3.0 or above|
|13-24||1.00 or above||13 and above||2.0 or above|
|25-36||1.50 or above|
|37-48||1.70 or above|
|49-59||1.90 or above|
|60 and above||2.00 or above|
2. Students are required to make progress (an acceptable pace) towards program completion and successfully complete the required number of credits in accordance with the following scale. Please be advised: at the end of the 2016-2017 financial aid year, all students must maintain a 67% completion rate regardless of how many credits you have attempted.
|Undergraduate Credit Completion||Post-Baccalaureate
|Graduate Credit Completion|
|Total Credit Hours Attempted||Minimum # of Credit Hours Completed||Total Credit Hours Attempted||Minimum # of Credit Hours Completed||Total Credit Hours Attempted||Minimum # of Credit Hours Completed|
|0-24||0||0-12||0||Above 0||Complete 2/3 of all credits attempted|
|25-36||12 or more||13-24||12 or more|
|37-48||24 or more||25-36||24 or more|
|49-56||32 or more||37-48||36 or more|
|57-72||44 or more||49-60||48 or more|
|73-82||54 or more|
|83 and above||Complete 2/3 of all credits attempted||61 and above||Complete 2/3 of all credits attempted|
3. The number of credits attempted shall include all GSC credits and any transfer credits that are applicable to the student’s current program at the time of review.
4. Maximum timeframe. Students may not receive Title IV financial aid for courses that do not count toward completing their current degree or certificate program. The timeframe for degree completion is limited by federal regulations to 150% of the published length of the degree program. This equates to a maximum number of credit hours that includes transfer credits and all credit hours attempted at Granite State College. Example: A bachelor’s degree requires 124 credits; students may not exceed 186 credits to earn a bachelor's degree.
Credit hours attempted will include completed credits, incompletes, withdrawals, transfer credits applicable to the student’s degree, and repeated or failed classes. If due to withdrawals, failed courses, change in degree program, etc., the student exceeds the maximum number of attempted credits for his/her program or a student cannot complete the program of study without exceeding the maximum timeframe, then he/she will no longer be eligible for federal financial aid programs for any future terms.