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Maintaining Financial Aid Eligibility

Making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is the key to a successful academic experience and helps you maintain eligibility for financial aid programs.

The SAP standards differ for federal, state, institutional and graduate aid. At the end of each semester, our office evaluates whether students satisfy these academic standards for financial aid. If a student fails any of these standards, our office notifies the student and may be required to cancel financial aid for which the student is ineligible. The student could be responsible for any outstanding balance resulting from aid cancellation.

Eligibility Guidelines

While the aid standards differ by source and program, here are some general guidelines for maintaining financial aid eligibility:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 at Plattsburgh (3.0 for graduate students)
  • Earn credits in at least two-thirds of all coursework (> 66.6% earned to attempted ratio)
  • Complete at least 12 credits of aid-eligible courses each semester
  • Do not withdraw from too many courses
  • Declare a major before earning 57 credits (undergraduate students only)
  • Graduate within four to six years (seven years for graduate students)
  • Consult with student financial services for exceptions to these guidelines

Financial Aid Standards in Detail

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