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College-wide Policies

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Responsible office
Registrar
Responsible party
Registrar
Last revision
September 2017
Approved by
Faculty Executive Committee
Approval date
July 2014
Effective date
July 2014
Last review
July 2019
Additional references
None

Scope

All financial and administrative policies involving community members across campus are within the scope of this policy. If there is variance between departmental expectations and the common approach described through college policy, the college will look to the campus community to support the spirit and the objectives of college policy.

Policy

Thirty-two units are required for graduation. Students should be aware that illness or grades of No Credit might prevent completion of one or more units during their four-year academic career. If necessary, the student can make up these losses by taking courses in the Summer Session or by taking adjunct courses (.25-unit each), extended-format courses (.5 units per semester), or the January half-block (.5 unit) to reach the minimum requirement of 32 units. Students who receive financial aid must make satisfactory academic progress. Eligibility for Colorado College financial aid extends for eight semesters or through a semester in which 32 units are completed, whichever comes first. All credits earned and accepted by the registrar’s office are used to determine financial aid eligibility. Advanced Placement (AP) credits, International Baccalaureate (IB) credits, credits for half-blocks and extended-format courses, and adjunct credits are not used when determining the 32-unit (8 semester) institutional financial aid limit. For academic purposes of this policy, Colorado College does not consider Summer Session a full academic semester. For Federal Financial Aid review purposes, Summer Session is considered as a full academic semester. To compare Colorado College’s academic guidelines and financial aid academic progress policies, please consult with the Office of Financial Aid at Colorado College.

Each full-time student is allowed five years (10 semesters) to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree and receive federal financial aid. It should be noted that students have 48 attempted units of eligibility for federal funds. The limit for college funding is eight semesters.

Full-Time Semester

Recommended Minimum # Units

Recommended Minimum Cumulative GPA

1

2 units

1.7

2

6 units

1.7

3

9 units

2.0

4

12 units

2.0

5

15 units

2.0

6

19 units

2.0

7

23 units

2.0

8

26 units

2.0

9

29 units

2.0

10

32 units

2.0

Procedures

None

Definitions

None