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Part-Time Undergraduate Students

To be considered for financial aid each year, students must make satisfactory academic progress toward completion of degree requirements and be in good academic standing. The criteria detailed below are for students who will maintain part-time status throughout their enrollment at Purchase College. For students that are between full-time and part-time standing, please consult a Student Financial Services counselor. Students must complete:

  • A minimum of 12 credits per year with a grade of A, B, C, D, or P
  • Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0.
  • Students must complete all degree requirements in no more than ten academic years as a part-time student. An appeals form must be completed for students completing degree requirements beyond the allotted academic years.

Credit hour schedule to be successfully completed per academic year for part-time degree/matriculated students:

Undergraduate Part-Time Status

Year

Attempted

Earned

1

18

12

2

+ 18

24

3

+ 18

36

4

+ 18

48

5

+ 18

60

6

+ 18

72

7

+ 18

84

8

+ 18

96

9

+ 18

108

10

+ 18

120

Note that the schedule above includes all accepted transfer credits. The above schedule will only take effect when you are determined to be making unsatisfactory progress.

Students who fall below satisfactory progress guidelines may still be eligible to receive financial aid, through an appeal process. This one time appeal process can be granted to meet satisfactory academic progress guidelines.

The 150% Rule: Students must complete at least 2/3 of the attempted credits per semester to continue receiving financial aid. For example, if you are taking nine credits, you must complete at least six (6) credits of the nine credits you are attempting. Dropping below six credits will place you in financial aid probation. Over all for a Bachelor’s degree with a required 120 credits, students cannot exceed 180 attempted credit hours. Once students have reached the Maximum Overall Attempted Credits (180 credits) they are no longer eligible for federal aid.

You do not qualify for federal aid under the following conditions:

  • You have reached the 180 attempted credits maximum
  • You have attempted over ten academic years of part-time financial aid
  • You have been placed on a probationary semester but failed to meet the minimum requirements by not completing 2/3 of your attempted credits per semester.

Other SAP Links:

Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress:

State Satisfactory Academic Progress: