Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

To remain eligible for federal aid, students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Federal aid at Colgate includes the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplement Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Work-Study Program, and the Federal Direct Loan Program.

In order to meet the minimum SAP standards, students must do all of the following:

  • Successfully complete 67% of the cumulative course credits that they attempt. Total completed credits are calculated by dividing a student's total number of earned credits by a student's total number of attempted credits. Withdrawals, course incompletes, repetitions, and transfer credits (not including AP credits) are considered part of a student's attempted credit total. 
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. 
  • Complete their program within 150% of the normal program length. The maximum time frame is reached when the student has attempted more than one-and-one-half the number of course credit hours required to earn the degree. The maximum time-frame standard for transfer-students will consider only those course credit hours attempted at Colgate University, as well as those accepted for transfer credit by the University.

The Office of Financial Aid reviews the academic records of all students at the end of each semester. In addition, the Committee on Standards and Academic Standing (CSAS) reviews the academic performance of all students each term. SAP standards and CSAS standards are separate with each having their own requirements. 

If a student is not making progress according to the CSAS standards outlined in the Colgate University Catalogue under "Academic Regulations", the student is placed on academic warning or is dismissed. A student on academic warning may lose eligibility for federal student aid if they are not meeting SAP standards.

Students are placed in a Financial Aid Warning Status after one semester of not meeting SAP standards. This means the student is one term away from losing federal financial aid eligibility. The student is still eligible for financial aid and no appeal is necessary at this stage. The student is considered to have used their Warning Status for the term even if they did not receive federal (Title IV) aid for that term.
After the second consecutive semester of not meeting SAP standards, the student will be required to take action in order to be eligible for federal aid.

Federal financial aid eligibility may be regained by submitting a financial aid appeal with supporting documentation to the Office of Financial Aid. If approved, federal financial aid will be reinstated and the student will be placed on a Financial Aid Probation Status for one semester. Students must achieve the minimum SAP standards by the end of their probationary period to remain eligible for federal aid.