Academic Plan – A customized plan to measure a student’s academic progress when he/she cannot reach the standard criteria by the end of the next term. An Academic Plan is granted by appeal on a case-by-case basis and may require the joint approval of the financial aid office and the student’s academic advisor.
Credit Hours Attempted – The number of credit hours in which a student is enrolled after the last day to drop without a “W” including “W” (withdrawal), “P/F” (pass/fail), duplicate, redemption, and forgiven credits, plus advanced standing credits such as transfer, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate.
Credit Hours Completed – The number of credit hours for which a student successfully earns credit by transfer, examination or completion. Duplicate and redeemed courses receive credit one time only. Forgiven courses will not be counted in hours completed.
Financial Aid Probation – The status of a student who is not maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress after one term on Financial Aid Warning. The student has successfully appealed and is eligible to receive aid for one term.
Financial Aid Warning – The status of a student who is not maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress for the first time. The student is eligible to continue to receive aid for one term.
Maximum Timeframe – The number of credit hours a student can attempt to complete his/her degree, not to exceed 150 percent of the published time measured in credit hours. Clemson University uses the average number of credit hours required to complete an undergraduate degree: 126 x 150% = 189. Students pursuing a graduate/professional degree are given six years: 18 credit hours/year x 6 years = 108.
Minimum Cumulative Grade-Point Average (MCGPA) – The grade-point average required for continuing enrollment or graduation.
Pace of Completion – The percentage of credit hours a student completed of the credit hours in which he/she was enrolled after the last day to drop without a “W.”
Satisfactory Academic Progress – The status of a student whose GPA meets or exceeds the MCGPA required for continuing enrollment and graduation, and who has attempted less than 150 percent of the credit hours required to complete his/her degree, and who has completed 67 percent or more of his/her attempted hours.
Unsatisfactory Academic Progress – The status of a student who is not maintaining satisfactory academic progress (MCGPA, maximum timeframe and/or pace of completion), who is not eligible for the status of Financial Aid Warning, and who has not successfully appealed to gain the status of Financial Aid Probation.