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Financial Aid Standards for SUNY Plattsburgh Students


Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in order to remain eligible for financial aid. 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.

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Achieve academic standards required to keep financial aid.

Importance of Course Selection


Registering for and successfully completing courses needed for your degree completion help you maintain financial aid.

Learn about aid-eligible coursework

Maintaining Financial Aid Eligibility

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 the Financial Aid Office for exceptions to these guidelines

Financial Aid Standards in Detail

  • Components of Satisfactory Academic Progress

    Qualitative Measure (GPA)

    Undergraduate students who have completed less than one year of academic pursuit must maintain a minimum Plattsburgh cumulative GPA of 1.6. At one year completed and beyond, a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA is required.

    The cumulative GPA at Plattsburgh does not include transfer coursework, or the following grades: pass (P), incomplete (I), withdrawal (W), withdrawal from college (WC), non-credit (NC), non-available (N), proficiency (PR), and audit (U). The college’s Academic Amnesty Policy does not apply to the evaluation of satisfactory academic progress for financial aid. Grades removed under academic amnesty will continue to be counted in SAP review.

    Quantitative Measure (Pace)

    Students who have completed less than one year of academic pursuit must earn at least 50% of all credits attempted. At one year completed and beyond, 66.7% of all attempted credits must be earned.

    Transfer credits accepted at SUNY Plattsburgh count as both attempted and completed credits. Note that pass (P) grades are considered completed credits, although the following are not: failure (E), incomplete (I), withdrawal (W), withdrawal from college (WC), non-credit (NC), non-available (N), proficiency (PR), and audit (U).

    Maximum Time frame. Students must successfully complete their degree pursuit within 150% of the credits required for graduation. Generally, 150% is a maximum of 180 attempted credits. Upon request from the student, the number of years remaining will be adjusted for students who have graduated from Plattsburgh and are working on their second bachelor’s degree.

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