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Satisfactory Academic Progress - Full Time


All students who are recipients of Title IV financial aid (all federal programs) and Point Park University aid are subject to the following policies and procedures in regard to Satisfactory Academic Progress.  Please note the following information does NOT include the Pennsylvania State Grant or other state programs.  For information regarding these programs, please refer to your Pennsylvania State Grant Status notice and/or individual program information.


There are three criteria that must be met for a student to achieve Satisfactory Academic Progress.  They are:

  • Completion of credits
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Completion of program

Completion of credits

  • Will consist of grade received of A, B, C, D, or P including plus and minus grades. 
  • Any student who receives a grade of F, I, W, X, or NG is considered to have NOT successfully completed the credits attempted. 
  • A student is permitted to receive federal and institutional aid only for a course attempted three times.  If a student repeats a course for the fourth time, they are ineligible for aid for that course. 
  • All full-time undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 credits per semester for a total of 24 credits for the academic year.

Minimum GPA 

The minimum GPA for academic progress is as follows:

  • 0-29 credits earned:     1.5 GPA
  • 30-59 credits earned:   1.8 GPA
  • 60+ credits earned:      2.0 GPA

Please note that some scholarships awarded through the university requires an overall 3.0 GPA for renewal.

Completion of program

All students must complete their program within 150% of the number of credits required for their program of study.  A student in a bachelor's degree program must complete their program within six years or 180 credits.


  1. Any student who fails to meet any of the above criteria will automatically be placed on a semester of warning for financial aid purposes and their aid will be awarded for one semester only. 
  2. After the warning semester, the student's academic progress will be reevaluated to determine if the student successfully completed the semester according to their individual notice.
  3. A student who successfully completes the warning semester is automatically given aid for the remainder of the academic year.
  4. If a student does not successfully complete the warning semester, the student will be notified to write a letter of explanation and submit an Academic Plan to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee explaining the reasons for their unsatisfactory academic performance. 
  5.  The Financial Aid Appeals Committee will review the entire transcript and then make a recommendation whether extenuating circumstances apply and to grant an additional semester of probation or deny the student federal and institutional aid for an upcoming semester.
  6. If a student is denied federal and institutional aid for a semester, the student can request a reevaluation of their Academic Plan after successfully completing 6 credits.