The U.S. Department of Education requires, as a condition of receiving Title IV federal student aid, that students be making satisfactory academic progress toward and associate degree, vocational certificate of at least sixteen (16) units, or transfer to a
four-year college or university. This policy is also applied to state student aid.
At College of Sequoias (COS), students are considered to be meeting the satisfactory academic progress standards if the following four requirements are met:
1. 2.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average: A student must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA). This includes all GPA units at COS and those from other regionally accredited colleges and universities that have been evaluated by the COS Admissions & Records Office and applied to the student's academic record. GPA units are those with grades of A, B, C, D, or F.
2. 67% Cumulative Pace of Unit Completion: A student must complete at least 67% of the total number of units they attempt (passed hours divided by attempted hours). All courses with grades A, B, C, D, or F, as well as W, I, NC, NP, NG, and repeated courses will be counted towards the total attempted units. Units from regionally accredited colleges and universities that have been evaluated by the COS Admissions & Records Office and applied to the student's academic record will be counted.
3. Degree Earned: The student has not earned an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.
4. Maximum Attempted Unit Timeframe: A student has not exceeded the maximum attempted unit timeframe allowed for the completion of their educational program. The units required to complete a vocational certificate vary. Completion of an associate degree normally requires 60 units. Based on federal regulations, a student is allowed a maximum attempted unit timeframe not to exceed 150% of the length of an educational program. Example: 150% of a 60 unit program (60 x 1.5) equals 90 attempted units, at which time the student would be disqualified. All courses, including remedial, ESL, repeated courses, and courses taken while pursuing other majors, with grades of A, B, C, D, or F, as well as W, I, NC, NP, NG, will be counted as attempted units applied to the maximum attempted unit timeframe allowed. Courses from other regionally accredited colleges or universities that have been evaluated by the COS Admissions & Records Office and applied to the student's academic record will also be counted toward the maximum attempted unit timeframe.