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Repeated Coursework Policy

Effective July 1, 2011, Federal Regulations specify that students may receive federal financial aid funding for one repetition of a previously passed course.

  • Examples of repeated coursework that MAY count towards a student’s enrollment status for the purposes of determining financial aid eligibility are listed below:
    • Repeated coursework may be included if the student received an unsatisfactory or failing grade. Student may repeat failed course until it is passed.
    • Repeated coursework may be included when determining enrollment status in a term-based program if a student needs to meet an academic standard for a particular previously passed course, such as a minimum grade. Example: Student received a ‘D’ in a course which requires a minimum grade of ‘C’ for his/her major. Please note that this is limited to one repetition of a passed course.
  • Examples of repeated coursework that may NOT count towards a student’s enrollment status for the purpose of determining financial aid eligibility is listed below:
    • Retaking a passed course more than once. If a student receives a ‘D’ in a course and decides to repeat the course to improve his/her GPA, he/she may repeat this passed course ONE time. However, if the student wants to repeat it a second time, the course would not count towards the student’s enrollment status.

NOTES:

  • All repeated courses affect financial aid satisfactory academic progress calculations. Regardless of whether the student received financial aid or not, all repeated coursework must be counted as attempted credits.
  • Certain course descriptions listed in the Nicholls’ Catalog may state that a specific course “must be repeated for degree” or “may be repeated for credit if content differs.” Examples of these types of courses are Music 100 and Music 161. A student may receive financial aid for these courses, regardless of if a passing grade has been received, as long as the course content is different.
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