The Department of Education has implemented new regulations governing repeated coursework. The regulations have been implemented to improve the pace of graduation completion for students, which in turn should reduce loan indebtedness and preserve grant funding levels.
Below is an outline of important points for this new regulation:
- Applies to undergraduate and graduate students.
- Applies to full-time and part-time students.
- May repeat a previously passed course only once. Passing includes grades of A, B, C, D.
- Exceptions include courses such as Music where the content of the course changes, but the course number does not.
- May repeat failed course until it is passed.
Full-time, for the purpose of determining repeat course eligibility is defined as 12 hours for undergraduate students. A student who is enrolled in 15 hours, for example, including a repeat course, will not be impacted because the student is enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours which are not repeats.
Federal and State financial aid, including student loans, parent loans, grants and Federal Work study cannot be applied for any previously passed course that has been repeated more than once.
- Example I
John completes English 1010 and receives a grade of D. John may receive financial aid to repeat English 1010 only once more in an attempt to improve his grade. If John receives a grade of D on his second attempt, financial aid will not pay for the course for any future repeat of English 1010 (unless John is enrolled in 12 hours or more not including the repeat course).
- Example II
Samantha completes Art 1030 and receives a grade of F. She repeats Art 1030 receives a grade of D. Samantha may receive financial aid funds to repeat Art 1030 one more time (unless Samantha is enrolled in 12 hours or more not including the repeat course).
- Example III
Jason completes Math1530 and receives a grade of F. Jason may receive financial aid to repeat Math 1530 until he receives a passing grade of at least a D. After receiving a passing grade, Jason may receive financial aid to repeat Math 1530 only once more (unless Jason is enrolled in 12 hours or more not including the repeat course).
March 26, 2012