Financial Aid Standards

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Graduate Aid Standards

Graduate Federal Aid Programs include Work-Study, TEACH Grants, Direct PLUS Loans, Direct Student Loans, and Perkins Loans. Graduate students must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to remain eligible for these aid programs. At the end of each semester, the Financial Aid Office (FAO) evaluates whether graduate students satisfy federal and state academic standards (see below). If a student fails any of these standards, the FAO forwards the student a courtesy letter and may be required to cancel all financial aid for which the student is ineligible.

Federal Standards

Qualitative Measure (Cumulative GPA) minimum 3.0
Quantitative Measure (Pace) minimum 66.7% earned to attempted credits
Maximum Timeframe 7 years if program is less than 60 credits
10 years if program is 60 or more credits

All matriculated graduate students must meet the following standards to both establish and maintain eligibility for federal aid programs. Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards are evaluated at the end of each semester. SAP standards for federal aid programs include qualitative (GPA) and quantitative (pace) components, and maximum timeframe requirements.


Qualitative Measure (GPA). Graduate students must maintain a minimum Plattsburgh cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The cumulative GPA at Plattsburgh does not include transfer coursework, or the following grades: pass (P), incomplete (I), withdrawal (W), withdrawal from college (WC), non-credit (NC), non-available (N), proficiency (PR), and audit (U). Quantitative Measure (Pace). Graduate students must earn at least 66.7% of all credits attempted.

Note that pass (P) grades are considered completed credits, although the following are not: failure (E), incomplete (I), withdrawal (W), withdrawal from college (WC), non-credit (NC), non-available (N), proficiency (PR), and audit (U).

Maximum Timeframe. Graduate students must successfully complete their degree pursuit within ten years if admitted prior to Summer 2007. If admitted in Summer 2007 and thereafter, degree pursuit must be attained within seven years.

Repeated Credits. Students may repeat coursework according to University academic policy, defined in the college catalog. Federal aid programs may only be used one time for retaking previously passed coursework. The most recent/last grade earned in repeat coursework will be used in the GPA computation and only courses taken and repeated at SUNY Plattsburgh (or through cross registration) will count toward a student’s GPA. Each course attempt is included in the quantitative and maximum timeframe components of SAP review.

Financial Aid Warning. The first time students fail a federal standard (other than maximum timeframe), they are automatically assigned one-semester of warning and continue to receive federal aid during this warning semester. If students on warning do not satisfy all standards by the end of the warning semester, the student becomes ineligible for federal aid the following semester. Students may appeal ineligibility.

Options and Appeal Process

If a student did not maintain satisfactory academic progress for federal and/or state aid, they can regain their aid eligibility by pursuing one of the following options. Note that a student must be below the maximum timeframe for federal aid programs or below the maximum TAP points:

  1. Enroll in classes at Plattsburgh, address all of the failed standards for satisfactory academic progress, and then become eligible again in a future semester. If a student pursues this option, they will attend without any aid in which they did not maintain satisfactory academic progress. If the student needs financial assistance in meeting college costs, they should consider applying for an alternative student loan. Our web page provides more information: and then click “Loans.”

  2. Request an appeal of ineligibility. If a student chooses to pursue this option, they must submit a Financial Aid Appeal Form by the due date. Appeals are warranted under extraordinary and unusual circumstances beyond the control of the student that had an inevitable impact on academic performance. The student must thoroughly and comprehensively document the circumstances in writing from credible sources. There must also be a reasonable expectation that the student will meet all future requirements. An appeal is only valid for one semester. By the end of this semester, students must satisfy all academic standards in order to be eligible for federal and state aid again.

    The appeal form is located at

Important Notice On College Academic Standing

College policies require that all graduate students maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 to remain in good academic standing. If your cumulative gpa is below 3.0, you may be at risk of academic dismissal from the college. Please refer to any notifications sent by James Liszka, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, regarding your academic standing and conditions of your academic status. Regardless of your eligibility for financial aid, you must be a matriculated student in good standing with the college to receive financial aid. If your status is dismissed or non-matriculated, you will not qualify for financial aid under any circumstances.

If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please telephone the Financial Aid Office at (518) 564-2072 or toll-free at (877) 768-5976.


Contact Information

For more information about Financial Aid at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Financial Aid Office
Location: Kehoe Administration Building, Suite 401-410
Phone: (518) 564-2072
Toll-Free Phone: (877) 768-5976
Fax: (518)564-4079
Email: [email protected]

Our mailing address:

Financial Aid Office
SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-12681