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Repeat Course Policy for Federal Financial Aid

Effective July 1, 2011, the Financial Aid Office is required to monitor and adjust a student’s enrollment level for Title IV funds, when students repeat coursework for credit that they have already earned.

  • A student may receive federal student aid (Title IV funds) when repeating a course for the first time.
  • A student may receive federal student aid (Title IV funds) for a repeated course only once if the course was previously passed (credit has been received). 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.
  • A student may receive aid when repeating a course that was previously failed, regardless of the number of times the course was attempted and failed.
  • If a student retakes a course that is not aid eligible, the credit hours will be excluded from the total enrollment for the semester.

Examples of repeated courses:

  • Allowable: Repeated courses may be included if the student received an ‘F.’ There is no limit on the number of attempts allowable if the student does not receive a passing grade.
  • Allowable: Student is enrolled in 15 credit hours which includes 3 credits repeating a previously passed course. Due to the fact that the student is enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits which are not repeated courses, the student’s financial aid eligibility is not impacted by the repeat.
  • Not permissible: Student receives a D in a course and decides to repeat the course to improve his/her GPA. The student may repeat this passed course one time, but if the student wants to repeat it a second time, the second repeat would not be eligible for federal financial aid.