Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal regulations require all colleges to have written standards of academic progress for students receiving VA educational benefits. The following are standards for Chemeketa Community College:

Minimum Requirements

Each term you are enrolled and receiving GI Bill benefits, you must satisfactorily complete all classes each term for which you receive benefits and achieve a 2.00 GPA or better. The clases you receive GI Bill benefits for must apply toward completion of your declared Chemeketa degree or program.

Credit Hour Requirements (Chapter 30, Chapter 1606, & Chapter 35):

10 to 12 Week Term

8 Week Term

5 Week Term


12 or more credits

8 or more credits

5 or more credits

¾ time

9 to 11 credits

6 to 7 credits

4 credits

½ time

6 to 8 credits

4 to 5 credits

3 credits

less than ½ time

VA pays tuition & fees only*

VA pays tuition & fees only*

VA pays tuition & fees only*

* The amount paid by VA may not cover the entire cost of your tuition & fees. For limitations on payments to students who are less than 1/2, review the exact amounts paid here or check with Chemeketa Veterans' Services.

Credit Hour Requirements For The Post 9/11 GI Bill

While students receiving benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) will have their tuition & fees paid by the VA regardless of the number of credits taken, the VA will only pay the living stipend if the student's rate of pursuit is 51% or greater.  The VA calculates the rate of pursuit by dividing the number of credit hours being pursued by the number of credits considered to be full-time for the term.  As as example, if the term is 10 to 13 weeks in length, 12 credits is considered full time.  If the term is 8 weeks in length, 8 credits is considered full time. As an example:

6 credits is 50% (6 divided by 12 = 50%) - Student does not receive living stipend
7 credits is 58% (7 divided by 12 = 58%) - Student receives living stipend

Definition of Satisfactory Academic Progress

Good Standing:

  1. You are a new student at Chemeketa.
  2. When you attended Chemeketa in the past, your credits completed met the requirements listed above, with a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA.
  3. You continue to meet the minimum requirements each term.
  4. You were on Warning, but you now meet the minimum credit and cumulative 2.00 GPA requirement.

Probation: You continue to be eligible for Veteran's Benefits.

You will be placed on Academic Probation if:

  1. Your GPA for your last term at Chemeketa is less than 2.00 and greater than 0.00.
  2. You received a grade but no credit ("F") for one or more of your classes.

Suspended: You are no longer eligible for VA educational benefits.

Your eligibility will be suspended if:

  1. You are already on Warning, and this term you did not meet either the minimum term credits and/or cumulative 2.00 GPA requirement.
  2. You did not complete any certified credits

Appeal Process

You have the right to appeal any Veterans' Services action. Appeal forms are available at Veterans' Services. If your eligibility is reinstated, you may be placed on Academic Probation.

After the Term ­ Retroactive Certification

The enrollment level for all benefits requested after the term will be based on the number of credit hours satisfactorily completed. Satisfactory grades are A, B, C, D, and P. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00.

Audited, Challenged, and Repeated Classes

The VA will not pay for courses that are audited or challenged. The VA will not pay for any course that has been successfully completed through any previous education. VA does allow students to repeat a course if the original grade was not high enough to meet program requirements and a successful completion of the course is required to obtain the degree or certificate.

Grade Changes Which Affect Status

Grade changes will be reviewed by Veterans' Services to determine if the change affects your status.


VA only pays benefits for punitive grades. At Chemeketa Community College punitive grades are A, B, C, D, F and P. At Chemeketa Community College non-punitive grades are M, X, NP, and R. Non-punitive grades received in courses certified for VA educational benefits will be reported to the VA as a reduction in status. The VA will review all reductions reported and notify you if you will be required to repay a portion of your benefits.

Academic Assistance

All Chemeketa students can use the college's Tutoring Center located on the 2nd floor of building 2. There is no charge for this service. Additionally, students receiving GI Bill benefits under Chapter 30, Chapter 33, Chapter 35 and Chapter 1606 can request reimbursement of up to $100 a month to help pay for a qualified tutor. Questions on this benefit should be addressed to Chemeketa Veterans' Services.