Financial Aid office


All registered students at California State University Channel Islands.


This policy has four parts. All four conditions must be met to be eligible for financial aid. Students who have been awarded financial aid and do not meet these conditions will have their aid canceled.

Part One: Acceptable Passing Rate
(Quantitative Standards)

To assess quantitative standards the overall ratio of cumulative units passed to cumulative units taken is reviewed. As a student progresses, this expected ratio or percentage increases. The required ratios are represented in the chart below.

Part Two: Acceptable Grade Point Average
(Qualitative Standards)

Students Academically Disqualified by the University are ineligible for financial aid based on qualitative standards.

Part Three: Unit and Time Limits

Students exceeding the unit and time limits listed below are ineligible for financial aid. Students working toward their first undergraduate degree are limited to 150 earned units (including transfer units). Students who have earned their first undergraduate degree and are enrolled in a second baccalaureate program are limited to 48 earned units. Students in a credential program are limited to 48 earned units including prerequisite courses. Students in a master's program are limited to 48 earned units including prerequisite courses.

Part Four: Other Provisions

Any student whose academic history shows a pattern of enrollment indicating inability or unwillingness to progress, such as numerous withdrawals or enrollment inconsistent with the student's educational objective, may be regarded as ineligible for future financial aid.

  • Students who exceed the university limit of CR/NC units while receiving aid funds are subject to review of continued eligibility.
  • Students who have completed all undergraduate degree course requirements but have not graduated for any reason are not eligible for funding.
  • Any financial aid award is tentative until the academic record is reviewed. For entering transfer students, the review is based on the academic record on file at the time of first consideration (or when information becomes available).
  • A student who completes no units in any term of enrollment is not considered to be making reasonable progress toward a degree. Students in this category will be disqualified from receiving aid the following term and may be subject to repayment of previous term aid received.
  • Academic progress can be reevaluated at other times identified by the Financial Aid office.

Reinstatement of Eligibility

Students may appeal the satisfactory progress determination by submitting a written petition to the Financial Aid office citing mitigating circumstances as provided for in regulation. This petition may be supported by additional documentation and may include the recommendation(s) of faculty who are familiar with the student's academic history.

The criteria for approving a petition will be a reasonable expectation that the student can reestablish progress toward a degree objective and regain standing consistent with the requirements for graduation. If a decision is made to restore aid eligibility, conditions may be imposed and eligibility may be restricted to a limited time frame.