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Student TAP Coach - Good Academic Standing



Good academic standing for financial aid purposes is defined in the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. Good academic standing consists of two elements, both of which must be met: satisfactory academic progress and program pursuit.

Satisfactory academic progress is an achievement requirement and means that you must accrue/earn a minimum number of credits toward a degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average in each term you receive an award. Your college usually publishes these requirements in a bulletin in chart format, indicating the number of credits you must earn with the minimum cumulative grade point average each term you receive State financial aid.

The second element of good academic standing is program pursuit. Program pursuit is defined in regulations as completing—getting a grade in--a percentage of the minimum full-time course load in each term you receive an award. The percentage, as specified in regulations, begins at 50 percent of the minimum full-time course load, or at least six credits, in each term of the first year you receive an award, to 75 percent, or nine credits, in each term of the second year you receive an award, to 100 percent, or 12 credits, in each term of the third year you receive an award and thereafter.

Pursuit is an effort or completion requirement rather than an achievement requirement, so courses in which you receive either passing or failing grades can be used to satisfy the pursuit requirement. Thus, grades of A through F and any other grade that indicates you completed the course and all necessary assignments (P, S, U, R) are acceptable to meet the pursuit requirement. W grades or any grade which indicates you failed to complete the course or assignments cannot be used to satisfy the pursuit requirement. Incomplete (I) grades can be used to meet the pursuit requirement providing college policy requires the grade to be resolved to a passing or failing grade no later than the end of the subsequent term.

While only credit-bearing courses can be used to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements (credit earned toward a degree), you can meet the pursuit requirement by completing remedial and/or credit-bearing courses.

See Also...

Failure to Make Progress
Failure to Pursue