Student Persistence

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Undergraduate Students

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) refers to academic requirements that federal financial aid recipients must meet to retain eligibility for federal financial aid, which includes federal grants and loans. Columbia’s policy for academic standing requires that all undergraduate students meet the standards outlined below regardless of if they are federal financial aid recipients.

If an undergraduate student fails to meet the SAP standards, the student will be prohibited from registering for future courses at Columbia unless the student appeals dismissal and is approved.

Staying in SAP Compliance

To maintain SAP compliance, all undergraduate students must meet the following requirements each semester they are enrolled, including summer term, even if they are not receiving financial aid for that semester:

• Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above, and
• Successfully complete at least two-thirds (67%) of their attempted credit hours, and
• Complete their degree program within the maximum time frame, which is 150% of the length of their academic program in credit hours.