To be eligible for federal financial aid, graduate students are required by the U.S. Department of Education (34 CFR 668.34) to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress toward their degree objectives. Claremont Lincoln University has established this SAP policy to ensure student success and accountability and to promote timely advancement toward degree objectives. These standards are separate and distinct from the University’s Academic Degree Requirements and Policies as stated in the Catalogue.
Definition of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)At Claremont Lincoln University, to be eligible for financial aid as identified above, you must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by all of the following three criteria:
- Meeting a minimum cumulative grade point average requirement
- Earning a minimum number of units for credit per term
- Completing the degree objective within a maximum number of terms enrolled and a maximum number of units attempted
Grade Point Average Requirement (Qualitative Standard)Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Grades of I, W & UW are not considered units successfully completed.
Pace of Progression/Maximum time Frame Requirement (Quantitative Standard)Students must complete a minimum number of units each term to ensure completion of the degree within the maximum time frame. Pace of Progression is calculated by dividing the cumulative number of credits the student has successfully completed by the cumulative number of credits the student has attempted.
Pace of Progression = Cumulative units Completed / Cumulative units Attempted
- Unit Completion Rate/Pace Requirement – Students are required to successfully complete (receive credit for or earn units in) a minimum of 67% of all attempted credits.
- Maximum Time Frame Requirement – Students are limited to taking no more than 150% of the units, of the published length of their program.
Withdrawal/Leave of AbsenceStudents who withdraw from all coursework or take a leave of absence and later enroll in a subsequent term retain the SAP status held during their last term of enrollment.
Transfer CreditsBecause the Master of Arts degree requires only 30 units of graduate credit and offers a unique set of courses, credits earned for other courses taken at Claremont Lincoln University or other institutions do not transfer into the program.
Repeating Courses to Achieve a Passing GradeStudents receiving Federal financial aid, who are deemed eligible to repeat a course in accordance with the Claremont Lincoln University Repeat Coursework policy, must follow the Repeat Coursework rules as defined by Federal regulations to be considered as meeting enrollment requirements for financial aid eligibility and satisfactory academic progress:
- A student may repeat a previously passed course once.
- A student may repeat a failed course until the student passes the course
- A student who passes a course but does not meet the grade requirement established by CLU may only repeat the course one time
- A student who earns a passing grade in a course and chooses to retake the course a second time earning a grade of “f” or “w” may not take the course a third time and that course be considered as enrollment of federal financial aid programs