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Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards


Office of Financial Aid

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


800-678-KNOX (Toll)


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To remain at Knox, all degree-seeking students are expected to make satisfactory academic progress. Satisfactory progress is defined in terms of both the accumulation of credits toward the degree and the maintenance of a grade point average consistent with graduation requirements.

Students are considered to be making satisfactory academic progress if they:

1. earn at least 7 credits for each of 3 terms of enrollment,

2. maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better, and

3. complete their requirements for graduation in no more than 18 terms.

Courses graded S/U do count toward satisfactory progress. Transfer, summer study, and exam credits count toward the credit accumulation requirement, at the rate of 1/3 of a Knox term per Knox course credit.

For purposes of determining satisfactory progress, grades of W received for the reasons of verified illness or other conditions beyond the student's control may be excluded if the student successfully petitions the Academic Standing Committee. Satisfactory progress is reviewed by the Academic Standing Committee at the end of each year. 

For part-time students (i.e. enrolling in fewer than 2.5 courses per term), a term of partial enrollment counts as part of a term. Thus, each course credit for which the student enrolls counts for 1/3 of a term toward the satisfactory progress rule.

Review of Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid purposes occurs at the end of each academic year. Students not making progress will not be awarded federal and/or state financial aid unless they submit a successful appeal to the Academic Standing Committee. The appeal must explain the circumstances that led to the unsatisfactory progress and present a plan for how the student will overcome those circumstances to regain satisfactory progress. If the appeal is approved, the student can be awarded aid for the following term and is placed on financial aid probation. The student must meet the criteria of the academic plan for that term outlined by the Academic Standing Committee in order to continue receiving financial aid.

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