Students are expected to make satisfactory academic progress as outlined in the requirements of their program. A student who exceeds their time to completion by more than 150% timemay be subject to academic dismissal from their program, in which case they would need to leave the Institute. For example, the PharmD program is a four-year program in length and six years would represent 150% time; MBS and MS are both two-year programs and three years would represent 150% time.

*Excludes any time spent on a Leave of Absence or approved program deceleration

A student who wishes to petition for additional time to completion, due to extenuating circumstances, should consult their graduate academic advisor to: 1) determine a reasonable timeline for program completion; 2) develop a revised academic plan of study and; 3) request a letter of support. An extension may be requested for a minimum of one semester and a maximum of one year. A petition for additional time to completion must be approved and supported by the program director and, if applicable, the supervising instructor or advisor (e.g. capstone, thesis or dissertation).

A petition to extend beyond 150% time in the program, along with all required documents, must be submitted to the dean’s office in a timely manner. A decision will be rendered as soon as possible once all documentation has been reviewed. The decision of the dean is final and there are no further avenues of appeal. Should an extension be granted, the student should be aware that all coursework will be reviewed for timeliness. Students who are granted a one-time extension may petition for one additional semester, otherwise they will be subject to dismissal.

Increased time to completion may have additional financial implications, and will affect eligibility for additional loans, scholarships or stipends for the program and may also result in Department of Education sanctions, including change of loan interest rate or change in deferment status. Please check with the Office of Financial Aid and/or the Department of Education website for more information.

Please note:

  • Under extenuating circumstances, the 150% rule may be appealed to the Academic Dean.
  • Repeated coursework is allowed as stated in KGI’s student handbook. However, these repeated courses count towards the calculation of the 150% time limit.


Riggs School students obtaining a GPA below the minimum standard for their

program will be unable to take more than 18.0 credits per semester.

If a Riggs School student is dismissed at the end of spring semester, they may complete an internship at the Dean’s discretion, but not as a KGI student. International students on probation or subject to dismissal must consult with the international student advisor to understand implications to internship, work and residency requirements. International students are subject to federal regulations and academic probation and dismissal may impact their immigration status and the ability to remain and work in the U.S., including the ability to complete an internship and may impact Optional Practical Training (OPT) eligibility.

Students on academic probation will be issued a Financial Aid Warning, which stipulates that failure to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) after the end of the probation term will result in the suspension of future federal student aid eligibility. Students who fail to make SAP after their probation term that want to receive Federal Student Aid will be required to submit an appeal explaining why they failed to meet SAP standards and how they plan to meet SAP standards in future terms. Students failing SAP are also required to obtain an academic plan from their program director stipulating that they can finish their degree requirements within the allowed timeframe for their program.