For financial aid purposes, academic progress is reviewed and certified at the end of each academic year by the Office of Financial Aid. Students are expected to maintain satisfactory progress based on qualitative standards (GPA) and quantitative standards (the number of courses completed.)

By the end of GPA Courses
First year 1.80 6
Second year 2.00 14
Third year 2.00 22
Fourth year 2.00 32

Eligibility for federal, state, and/or institutional aid will be subject to the standards noted above and the State Aid Guidelines.

Students may have to take courses at their own expense in order to regain eligibility for federal, state, and/or institutional aid. Those who wish to take courses at another institution should seek approval from the registrar in advance since not all courses may be transferable. Grades from courses taken at other institutions are not transferable and therefore cannot affect the GPA for academic progress standards.

Note: Federal and institutional aid will be suspended for any student(s) convicted of violating any federal or state drug possession or sale law.

Appeals and Waivers

Students who lose eligibility for financial aid due to not meeting satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards will be notified through their financial aid award letter. Students may appeal the decision and the loss of federal and/or institutional aid to the director of financial aid. Appeals must be submitted in writing within two weeks of notification from financial aid and must include the following:

Appeals may be granted based on the extenuating circumstances, supporting documentation, level of deficiency and feasibility of the proposed academic plan. Students are required to consult with their class dean as they design their academic plan. Appeals will be reviewed by the Appeals Committee in a timely manner. Notification of the appeal decision will be communicated to you via your Lafayette email. If the appeal is granted, any conditions that apply will be clearly noted. A student may regain Title IV eligibility by raising the pace of completion or cumulative grade point average (GPA) to the level required by the SAP standards. Since our policy is to review SAP only at the end of the academic year, students must appeal, in writing, a review of their progress after all fall semester grades have been posted.

Appeal form for academic progress (PDF)

Grade level changes after the academic year

It is your responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office of any grade-level changes due to additional coursework over the interim or summer courses and if you wish to request additional loan eligibility amounts during any given academic year.

Incomplete work and withdrawals

Incomplete course work and withdrawals will not count toward the academic progress calculation. A withdrawal could affect academic progress if it causes you to fall below the quantitative standards for completed courses. In certain cases, students may need to make up the course at their own expense until they regain eligibility for aid.

Maximum time frame

According to federal guidelines, students have up to a maximum of 12 semesters of federal aid to complete their graduation requirements and are subject to the aggregate loan limits under the Direct Loan program. Lafayette College-funded aid is limited to a maximum of eight semesters.

Mid-year proration

Students who begin their enrollment at Lafayette in the spring semester must meet the same GPA requirements at the end of each academic year and will be prorated at 50% for the courses completed as stated above for the first semester.

Prorated enrollment status

Last-semester seniors approved for prorated enrollment status should expect to have their grants, scholarships and/or loans adjusted accordingly. Students must be enrolled at least half time to receive state, federal and/or institutional financial aid.

Study Abroad

Students studying abroad may not receive the transcript of courses in advance of the grade-level and academic progress certification. A student in good standing prior to the study abroad will be certified as making progress for student aid and the loans will be processed at the grade level in place prior to the abroad term.

Academic progress will be checked when the study abroad grades are received to determine future eligibility for financial aid.


Financial aid students with academic concerns should contact the Office of Financial Aid, Office of the Dean of Advising and Co-curricular Programs, and/or Office of the Registrar with any questions.


Policy changes and notification

Any changes to this policy and/or the academic progress standards will be posted on this website.