Financial Aid Academic Standards Overview

Satisfactory Academic Progress - measured at the end of each semester

1.Qualitative Standard: Cumulative GPA

  • Undergraduate students - maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA in degree and conditional courses
  • Graduate students - maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA

2A. Quantitative Standard: Maximum timeframe for financial aid

  • Undergraduate students - Federal financial aid timeframe

*For most majors with 120 degree credits required to graduate, the maximum number of attempted credit hours is 180   (120 x 150%= 180). If you attempt 181 or more hours, you are no longer eligible for federal financial aid. Students must be careful in deciding how many credits to transfer, as they will count toward this maximum.

*If your major requires more than 120 degree credits, you multiply that number x150% to figure the maximum attempted hours allowed.

  • Undergraduate students - Institutional financial aid, such as scholarships and grant-in-aid are given for a maximum of five years.
  • Graduate students (MA level) - allowed a three-year full-time maximum to complete degree.
  • Doctoral students - allowed a maximum of six years (four years for coursework, two years for dissertation activities).

2B. Quantitative Standard: Percentage of degree credits earned – Completion Rate

  • 70% rule – Students must earn at least 70% of the cumulative credits they attempt. This includes credits that are WD, Failed, or changed from graded to audit. Transfer credits are included as both attempted and earned. Attempted credits include all the credit hours on your schedule after drop/add week. If you withdraw from a class after Add-Drop Week, those attempted credits still count in the calculations.

Examples of Quantitative and Qualitative Reviews

  • Example #1 – you have been enrolled for six semesters, and have taken a total of 90 credits.  During that time, you withdrew from some of those credits after add-drop, failed several classes, and passed (earned) a total of 63 credits. Your completion rate is 70%: 63 earned divided by 90 attempted. You have met the satisfactory completion rate for financial aid.
  • Example #2 - you have been a student two semesters. You have taken 30 credits but you failed several courses and withdrew from some courses after the add-drop period. In two semesters you have earned (passed) 20 degree credits. Your completion rate is 67%: 20 earned divided by 30 attempted. You do not meet the completion rate of 70% required for financial aid and would be placed on financial aid warning for one semester. If you do not have a completion rate of 70% at the end of your next semester, you are not eligible for financial aid.
  • Example #3 - you are a transfer student with 100 transfer credit hours; many are electives that do not apply to your major nor to the general requirements. After five semesters, you have attempted a total of 80 credits at Gallaudet, giving you a total of 180 credit hours attempted. You have attempted the maximum number of credit hours, (120 x 150%) and are no longer eligible for financial aid.
  • Example #4 – you have taken a total of 120 credit hours, and have earned 90 of those credit hours. Your completion rate is 75%, and your cumulative GPA is 1.90. You have met the 70% completion rate, but not the 2.00 GPA standards. You are not meeting the requirements, and would be placed on warning for one semester. If you do not have the 70% completion rate AND at least a 2.0 GPA at the end of the warning semester, you are not eligible for financial aid.
  • Example #5 – you are a first year student, enrolled in English and /or Math condition courses for 6 credits. You also have taken 10 credit hours in other subjects, and have passed 8 credits.  Your IGPA is 1.75. Your completion rate is 80%: 8 earned divided by 10 attempted, Non-credit remedial or condition credits DO NOT count as attempted hours. However, your IGPA IS counted, and must be at least 2.0. You are not meeting the GPA standards, and would be placed on warning for one semester only. Once conditions are met, your Cumulative GPA would be used to evaluate your financial aid eligibility.
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