The following measurements are monitored at the end of every semester: GPA, completion rate, and maximum timeframe.

GPA Requirement

Students must maintain a University GPA consistent with their academic program requirement. The University GPA is the official GPA on the student transcript. It is a cumulative GPA from all the campuses of the University of Colorado.

Type of Program


Undergraduate - Engineering*


Undergraduate - Journalism


All Other Undergraduate


Teacher Certificate


*In Fall 2011, the minimum cumulative GPA was raised to 2.25 for all new engineering students. Continuing students who began their program before Fall 2011 will be required to maintain a 2.00 GPA.

Completion Rate (Pace of Completion)

All students must pass at least 67% of all attempted credit hours with a grade of Pass, or D- or better. Attempted credit hours will include all CU hours (all campuses and continuing education) and transfer hours accepted by any other college or university. Repeated and non-passing grades will also count as attempted credit hours even if the grade is no longer calculated in the GPA.

The following grades are not considered passing: F, I and W.

Maximum Timeframe

Undergraduate students can take a certain amount of credit hours to complete their degree before they become ineligible to receive financial aid (including federal student and parent loans). The maximum timeframe allotted is intended for a student to complete all undergraduate coursework, including a second bachelor's degree or teaching certificate. Students will receive notification when they get close to meeting their maximum timeframe.

If a student has 60 or more non-passing credit hours (64 or more for engineering students), a review will also be done to determine if they can complete their program within the maximum timeframe. If it is determined that a student cannot complete their program within the maximum timeframe they will be automatically suspended from receiving financial aid.

Refer to the two charts below to review the maximum timeframe allowed by degree type.

Degree Type

Required Hours to Earn Degree

Maximum Credit Hours Allowed to Receive Financial Aid




Undergraduate - Engineering



NOTE: The maximum credit hours include all CU undergraduate credit hours (all campuses and continuing education) and transfer hours accepted by any other college or university. Courses with grades F, I or W are also included.

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