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Repeated Courses Policy for Financial Aid Eligibility

Federal regulations limit the number of times a student may repeat a course and receive federal financial aid for that course.

  • A course being repeated for the first time counts toward enrollment for financial aid eligibility.
  • Retaking a course that was previously failed one or more consecutive times (received an F) counts toward enrollment for financial aid eligibility.
  • A previously passed course counts in enrollment for financial aid eligibility one additional time. A second or subsequent repeat must be excluded from the enrollment calculation of financial aid eligibility and the aid revised if allowable credits drop below full time (12 credits).
  • This rule applies whether or not the student received aid for earlier enrollments in the course.
  • Only Title IV federal aid is subject to this policy. (Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, TEACH Grant, Direct Loans, Perkins Loan, and Federal Work Study)
  • Courses where the course and number remain the same but the content changes might not be considered a repeat when taken more than once. An example is a music performance course. The Registrar's Office confirms qualifying enrollments as non-repeats on an individual basis.
  • Should financial aid need to be adjusted to reflect the exclusion of repeats, the Office of Financial Aid will send a revised award letter to the student.

Example 1: Student fails first, second, third, etc. attempt of a course. Because student never received a passing grade, course can be repeated and be included in enrollment for financial aid.

Example 2: Student fails first attempt and receives a D for the second attempt. A third attempt can be included in enrollment for financial aid for a final time. After a passing grade (A to D-or P) is received only one additional attempt can be counted for financial aid enrollment.

Example 3: Student fails first attempt, receives a D for a second attempt, fails third attempt. Student takes course a fourth time. Because the student received a passing grade earlier and then repeated the course, enrollment in the fourth attempt cannot be included for financial aid enrollment regardless of the grade.

Example 4: Student passes first attempt with a D, fails a second attempt. Student cannot receive federal aid for any further attempts.