2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

CUNY’s Title IV Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements for Title IV Financial Aid

The guidelines that follow were first published by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs on May 19, 1995 and have been subsequently revised to satisfy the requirements of the revised SAP regulations set forth in 34 CFR 668.34 which took effect July 1, 2011.

In order to be making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree, for purposes of receipt of Title IV student financial assistance (Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loans and Federal SEOG), an undergraduate student must meet the minimum standards specified below:

Minimum GPA

Achieve at least the GPA required to meet the college’s minimum retention standard, or successfully appeal to be placed on academic probation; if enrolled in a program of more than two years, achieve at least a “C” average, or its equivalent, at the end of the second academic year, or have an academic standing consistent with the requirements for graduation.

Credits Attempted Minimum GPA
0.5–12 1.50
13–24 1.75
25–upward 2.00

Maximum Time-Frame

May not attempt more than 150% of the credits normally required for completion of the degree.

Pace of Progression

For baccalaureate programs, accumulated (or earned) credits must be equal to or greater than a certain percentage of the total credits attempted according to the following:

Attempted Credits 15 30 45 60 75 90 105 120 135 150 165 180
Earned Credits 0 5 16 27 42 50 63 72 84 95 111 121

All undergraduate students (whether aid recipients or not) will be measured against each of the three SAP components at the end of the spring term to determine eligibility for receipt of Title IV student financial assistance in the upcoming year.