Student Financial Aid
for Repeat Courses
New federal regulations regarding financial aid eligibility for repeat courses were effective fall 2011. Courses previously passed may be repeated and counted towards federal aid eligibility. However, students may repeat a previously passed course only once. In other words, the 3rd attempt at a previously passed course will NOT count toward minimum credit hour requirements for federal aid.
Example 1: Aubie would like to improve his GPA by retaking Calculus I. He received a C for the class last fall, but he is allowed to re-take the course to receive a better grade. If he takes the class again in fall 2011, the credits from this class may be counted towards determining his eligibility for federal aid. But if Aubie attempts the course a third time, that course would not count toward his required number of hours for aid.
Example 2: Aubie has taken Thermodynamics twice, receiving a D both times. His major requires a C in this course so he must attempt it a third time. The third and subsequent attempts at this course would not count toward his required number of hours for aid.
Example 3: Aubie loves Psychology. He earned a B on his first attempt, had to withdraw on his second attempt and would like to attempt it again to try to earn an A. The third and subsequent attempts at this course would not count toward his required number of hours for aid.
It is important to note that certain courses such as Thesis and Dissertation are exempt from this new regulation.