Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

All degree/certificate seeking students who have completed the college admission requirements and have been granted admission to the College of Southern Idaho must meet the following Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to establish and maintain eligibility for federal financial aid and certain scholarships. The standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress are monitored and enforced in all periods of enrollment, regardless of whether the student received financial aid in the past.

GPA Requirement

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (as computed using a 4.00 scale). This does not include transfer credits.

Please Note: Some financial aid and scholarship awards have higher GPA requirements.

Pace of Completion

Students must progress toward completion of their declared degree/certificate while maintaining a minimum 67% completion rate. The completion rate is calculated by dividing the cumulative number of credit hours a student has successfully completed by the cumulative number of credit hours a student has attempted. Remedial courses (classes with course numbers below 100) are excluded from the completion rate calculation.

Appeal Process

Students who fail to meet the minimum GPA and/or Pace of Completion requirements as a result of extenuating circumstances may appeal. The appeal process is described on the CSI Financial Aid Office website.

Students who did not experience extenuating circumstances or whose appeals are denied must attend at their own expense or find another method of payment until they are back in compliance with SAP standards.

Maximum Timeframe Requirement

Students must be able to complete their declared degree/certificate program within 150% of the published number of credit hours required to complete the program. For example, if the published length of an Associate of Arts degree is 60 credit hours; students must be able to complete their degree within 90 attempted credit hours. If students attended another college, the courses they took at that college will be considered in the evaluation of their progress.

Please Note: If a SAP review makes it clear that a student cannot mathematically finish his/her declared degree/certificate program within the maximum time frame, the student is placed on “Suspension.”

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