Understanding Your GPA

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Students are graded according to a grade point system. For information on the grade point system and for information about the grading policy please view here: http://catalog.cpcc.edu/learningresources/academicregulations/gradingpolicy/

It is important to understand the difference between a term GPA and a cumulative GPA:

  • Term GPA is a combined GPA or grade point average of all grades a student has earned in a semester or term.
  • Cumulative GPA is the overall GPA or grade point average of all cumulative GPA's which a student has earned in all semesters and all the courses in an academic term.

It is also important to know how your GPA can affect the below!

Financial Aid

Contact: 704-330-6942/ http://www.cpcc.edu/financial_aid

Students are required to maintain a cumulative and term 2.0 GPA,  and the 67% completion rate requirements based on calculations at the end of the term in order to be eligible for Financial Aid.

Students who do not meet the cumulative 2.0 GPA and 67% completion rate minimum each term will be placed on financial aid warning. Students who do not meet the minimum requirements their next term of attendance, will not be eligible for financial aid.


Contact: 704-330-6433/ http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/trc

Schools will be looking at cumulative GPA so any student under a 2.0 cumulative GPA would not be eligible for consideration of admissions by any of the UNC system schools.


Contact: 704-330-6312/ http://www.cpcc.edu/graduation

Program GPA rather than cumulative GPA is used for graduation. As long as the program GPA is at least 2.0 students are eligible for graduation.

Please contact these areas if you have further questions about any of the above information.

To learn more about Standards of Academic Progress, click here.

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