Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements

In order to be academically eligible to receive financial assistance from federal, state, or College programs, students must be degree seeking and making satisfactory academic progress in their course of study.  All entering students at Roanoke College, including those returning after a period of academic suspension, are admitted with the confidence that they will make satisfactory progress.

Student recipients of any RC Grants/Awards like the Trustee Award, Presidential Award, Dean's Award, Faculty Award, Maroon Award, Trustee Transfer Scholarship, Dean's Transfer Scholarship, Presidential Transfer Scholarship, Faculty Transfer Scholarship, Faculty Maroon Scholarship, Special Recognition Grant, Bolton Award, Kizer Award, Lutheran Grant, Bishop Jim Mauney Lutheran Student Grant, Transfer Grant, RC Supplemental Grant, Visit Roanoke Grant, Theater Scholarship, Art Scholarship or the RC Supplemental Award must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.0.

Student's receiving federal financial aid (Federal PELL Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-study, Federal TEACH Grant and/or Federal Direct Loans) are required to attain a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least a 1.7 by the end of their freshmen year and a 2.0 by the end of their sophomore year and for the remainder of their enrollment to remain eligible to receive federal funds.

Recipients of the following programs will have two full years to achieve the minimum cumulative grade point average requirements. Recipients must have attained the following cumulative grade point average, as indicated:



Beard Scholarship
Bittle Scholarship

3.3 for all grade levels

Dreher Scholarship
Morehead Scholarship
Bowman Scholarship
Baughman Scholarship
Roanoke College Scholarship
Trustee Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
Dean's Scholarship
Faculty Scholarship
Maroon Scholarship
Semi-Finalist Award
Achievement Award
Other Roanoke College Scholarships

3.00 for all grade levels


The Roanoke College Music Scholarship is reinstated for each semester of continued participation in the music/choral program as determined by the Fine Arts Department.   Eligibility for the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant, the Virginia College Scholarship Assistance Program, Tuition Exchange, and all College funded aid is limited to four years, or 8 semesters.  With the exception of the Beard Scholarship, College dollars and the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant are limited to the cost of tuition.  The Beard Scholarship covers tuition and standard room and board charges.

If a student does not attain the minimum required grade point average by the end of the academic year, and is academically eligible to re-enroll (as determined by the Registrar of the College), financial aid programs are automatically reduced on a percentage basis and re-instated.  Please consult the Financial Aid Office for further information.  Federal and state aid programs are automatically reinstated for students placed on their first academic warning, assuming financial eligibility is maintained.  Students who are placed on their second semester of academic warning will lose eligibility for federal financial aid programs such as PELL, SEOG, Federal Work-Study and Federal loan programs (Direct Subsidized, Direct Unsubsidized and Parent PLUS).

Students are reviewed for satisfactory academic progress at the end of Spring term.  In cases of unsatisfactory progress, affected programs will be reduced.  Any reduction in assistance may be appealed through the Financial Aid Office.  Only compelling non-academic reasons will be considered.  In cases of less than satisfactory academic progress, reinstatement of aid in full is exceptional and is based on unusual circumstances that must be outlined clearly in a letter from the student.  Letters from parents will not be accepted. New or returning students entering in January are reviewed for satisfactory academic progress at the end of the Spring term.

The maximum time frame during which a student may complete the degree and retain academic eligibility for federally regulated programs is six years for a full-time student and 12 years for a half-time student.  This period is proportionately altered for a student who changes her/his enrollment status from term to term.  A student must have earned at least enough units to complete the proportionate percentage of the time frame at the end of a year of enrollment - 1/6 at the end of the first year, 2/6 at the end of the second year, and so forth for a full-time student.