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Academic Standing

In order to graduate from Cape Cod Community College students must complete all degree or certificate requirements with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.0. To achieve this minimum goal and to continue studying at the College, students are expected to maintain Good Academic Standing. Good Academic Standing is defined as a progressively higher CGPA over time to insure achievement of the minimum 2.0 by graduation.

Academic Review

A student is placed on Academic Review when his/her CGPA falls below a 2.0 but above the probationary level as shown in the table below. Students placed on Academic Review will be notified in writing by the Registrar’s Office and be required to meet with an academic advisor prior to enrolling for the next semester. (Approved by College Meeting April 13, 2009)

Good Standing/Probation

(Approved by College Meeting April 13, 2009)

Academic Standing is based on the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

Hours toward GPA* Good Standing CGPA Academic Review Probation CGPA
9–15 credits 2.0 1.50–1.99 below 1.50
16–24 credits 2.0 1.75–1.99 below 1.75
25+ credits 2.0 N/A below 2.00

*Hours toward GPA (HGPA) are all letter grades (A through F) with the exception of developmental courses.

Students with a CGPA of 2.0 or above are considered in Good Academic Standing.

A student is placed on Academic Probation if his/her CGPA falls below the designated Probation threshold associated with their HGPA as listed in the table above. Students have two semesters of attendance to raise their CGPA to a level above Probation. Students on Academic Probation will be notified in writing by the Registrar's Office and are required to meet with an academic advisor every semester before registering for classes in order to create a plan including tutoring, strategic course selection, and other changes in study habits.

Note: Grades earned in Developmental Education courses are calculated into the Semester Grade Point Average, but not into the Cumulative Grade Point Average.
(Approved College Meeting May 8, 2006)


A student who has not raised his/her CGPA above Probation after two semesters of attendance will be dismissed for one calendar year. Students will be notified in writing by the Registrar's Office and may consider the Academic Appeals Procedure described in the Student Handbook. The Student Handbook can be found here. After one year of inactive status, a student may return and will be placed on Probation. After one year of inactive status, the student may choose to take advantage of the Fresh Start Option. (Approved by College Meeting April 13, 2009; Fresh Start revised September 19, 2011)


A student may apply for readmission to the college following a calendar year dismissal. The student will continue to be on probation and expected to raise his/her CGPA to Good Standing within one calendar year.

A student who elects to remain inactive for two consecutive semesters may apply for readmission under the following the Fresh Start Option.

Fresh Start Option

The Fresh Start Option permits a fresh start to a student who has not been enrolled at the college for at least one year and:

  • has a grade point average below 2.0;
  • and has returned on a probationary status; or
  • has been academically dismissed.

Original grades and cumulative grade point averages (CGPA) will remain on the transcript, but all future calculations of CGPA will include only courses taken after readmission. Courses taken at Cape Cod Community College prior to the one-year break will be evaluated according to the current transfer credit policy. Courses meeting the transfer credit policy will be counted as transfer credit.

The transcript will identify the selection of this program. The student who wishes to re-enroll under this program may obtain an application from the Office of Admissions. A student may exercise the Fresh Start Option only once.

Students under the Fresh Start Option will meet graduation requirements in effect for degree or certificate programs at time of re-entry. (Amended by College Meeting Sept. 2011)

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy 

(Approved by College Meeting, April 24, 2000)

Financial aid consists of scholarships, grants, loans, and employment opportunities that can help any student who lacks sufficient financial resources to attend the College. This aid is considered as only a supplement to those contributions made by the student and family alike. Any student who does receive financial aid must maintain satisfactory academic progress. Students should be encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for application forms, financial counseling and assistance. Any student applying for financial aid must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the necessary deadline. Late applications will be considered only if funds remain available.

Financial aid regulations require that the student make satisfactory academic progress toward completing a degree or certificate. For example, the student must maintain a minimum grade point average and must pass at least two-thirds of his/her courses each semester.

Further information, including the policy and how to appeal the policy, is available at