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For academic purposes students are allowed to repeat prior coursework to improve grades in those courses. If a student repeats a course the College will count the highest grade into the students cumulative GPA and remove the previous grade from the calculation. The previous grade and course will remain on the academic record with an “R” grade. As of Fall 2022, topics courses which are repeated but be the same topic in order to have a previous grade changed to an “R” grade.

Individual academic programs at the College can have more specific and stringent requirements with regards to allowing students to repeat courses. Students need to review their academic programs for these requirements on repeat coursework and are encouraged to meet with their advisors to discuss their academic options. If a student is attempting to repeat a course multiple times there can be financial aid implications and you need to meet with the Office of Financial Aid for guidance.

For financial aid purposes, you may count towards enrollment status and Title IV funds can be awarded to a student who is repeating, for the first time only (i.e., one repetition per class), a previously passed course.  For this purpose, passed means any grade higher than an “F,” regardless of any school or program policy requiring a higher qualitative grade or measure to have been considered to have passed the course. This retaken class may be counted towards a student’s enrollment status and the student may be awarded Title IV aid for the enrollment status based on inclusion of the class.

A student may be repeatedly paid for repeatedly failing the same course (normal SAP policy still applies to such cases). If a student withdraws before completing the course that they are being paid Title IV funds for retaking, then that is not counted as their one allowed retake for that course. However, if a student passed a class once and then is repaid for retaking it and fails the second time, that failure counts as their paid retake and the student may not be paid for retaking the class a third time.