New Eligibility Rules
FALL 2016
Please note that the academic eligibility rules outlined here will apply to all undergraduates who enroll in the fall 2016 semester regardless of when they started at Carolina. The first calculation under these new rules will occur at the end of the Fall 2016 term.
Notable differences between the current academic eligibility rules and the new rules:


Beginning August  2016:
  • Hours from terms that are withdrawn after the drop deadline will count as attempted hours for the “Completion Rate” standard. (See the grid of eligibility standards below.)
  • Transfer students who transfer in the UNC-Chapel Hill equivalent of 2 or more semesters will be allowed to enroll in up to ten total semesters, including the tally of transferred semesters.(See www.catalog.unc.edu for details on the calculation of the number of transferred semesters.)


Beginning late December 2016:
  • There will be new terminology for the academic eligibility statuses.
    • For degree-seeking students:  Good Standing; Warning; Suspension; Probation.
    • For non-degree-seeking students:  Good Standing; Alert; Ineligible.
  • Students will be expected to complete an undergraduate degree with a maximum of 180 cumulative attempted credit hours.
  • Degree-seeking undergraduate students must have a status of Good Standing, Warning, or Probation in order to enroll in any courses in any subsequent terms –including Carolina Courses Online and Summer Session courses.
  • Non-degree-seeking undergraduate students must have a status of Good Standing or Alert in order to enroll in any courses in any subsequent terms –including Carolina Courses Online and Summer Session courses.

Beginning May 2017:
  • Appeals for probation will be reviewed prior to Summer Session I and Summer Session II, as well as prior to Fall and Spring terms.
Academic standing will be determined by the following four standards:
STANDARD EXPLANATION
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 A cumulative UNC-Chapel Hill grade-point average of at least a 2.000 is required.
Completion of at least 2/3 of cumulative attempted credit hours By-Exam (BE) and credits transferred in to UNC-Chapel Hill count as both attempted and completed hours. Grades of W, temporary grades (e.g.  AB, IN), and failed courses count as attempted hours but not completed hours.

IMPORTANT: Beginning fall 2016, hours from terms that are withdrawn after the drop deadline count as attempted hours.

Earn minimum credit hours each term

(Part-time students are excluded from this standard.)

  • After 1 full-time semester > 9 academic hours
  • After 2 full-time semesters > 24 academic hours
  • After 3 full-time semesters > 36 academic hours
  • After 4 full-time semesters > 51 academic hours
  • After 5 full-time semesters > 63 academic hours
  • After 6 full-time semesters > 78 academic hours
  • After 7 full-time semesters > 93 academic hours
A maximum degree-completion timeframe of 180 hours Students must complete their degree within 180 attempted credit hours
For degree-seeking undergraduates, there are four academic eligibility statuses:
Eligibility Status Implications
GOOD STANDING Students who meet each of the four standards at the end of an enrolled term Students in Good Standing may enroll in courses.
WARNING Students who began an enrolled term in Good Standing but did not meet all four academic standing standards at the end of the enrolled term Students with a status of Warning may enroll in courses and must complete an academic intervention plan.
SUSPENSION Students who began an enrolled term with a status of Warning but did not meet all four academic standing standards at the end of the enrolled term Students with an academic status of Suspension cannot enroll in any courses in any term. Students with an academic status of Suspension have two options: a) appeal for a term of probation or b) spend time engaging in study, work or wellness activities away from UNC which may strengthen an appeal to return on a term of probation.
PROBATION Students who appealed suspension and are granted a term of probation Students with a status of Probation may enroll in courses and must complete an academic intervention plan.
For non-degree-seeking undergraduates, there are three academic eligibility statuses:
Eligibility Status Implications
GOOD STANDING Students with a cumulative UNC-Chapel Hill grade-point average of 2.000 or higher Students with an academic status of Good Standing may enroll in courses.
ALERT Students who began an enrolled term in Good Standing and whose cumulative UNC-Chapel Hill grade-point average falls below 2.000 at the end of the term Students with an academic status of Alert may enroll in courses.
INELIGIBLE Students who began an enrolled term with a status of Alert and who do not raise their cumulative UNC-Chapel Hill grade-point average to 2.000 or higher at the end of the term Students with an academic status of Ineligible cannot enroll in any courses in any term. Students with an academic status of Ineligible may appeal to the Friday Center.

IMPORTANT: The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy for financial aid differs from the University’s standards for academic eligibility. It is possible to be eligible for enrollment but ineligible for financial aid and vice versa. If you have questions regarding aid eligibility, please contact the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid aidinfo@unc.edu.  Information about Financial Aid SAP is located here: studentaid.unc.edu/sap.

For questions about how the policy may impact your academic standing, please see your academic advisor.