The Department of Education has recently published new regulations which impact undergraduate students who repeat courses. These regulations are part of a series called Program Integrity Rules and are effective July 1, 2011.
Beginning July 1, 2011, undergraduate students may only receive federal financial aid funding for one repetition of a previously passed course.
Examples of repeated coursework that may, or may not, count for financial aid eligibility:
1. Allowable: Repeated coursework may be included if the student received an unsatisfactory or failing grade. There is no limit on the number of attempts allowable if the student does not receive a passing grade.
2. Allowable: Student is enrolled in a course where content is spread over multiple terms. Example: Musc 154 Individual Lessons
3. Allowable: Student is enrolled in 15 credit hours which includes 3 credits repeating a previously passed course. Because the student is enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits which are NOT repeats, the student’s financial aid eligibility is not impacted by the repeat.
Note, if the student is receiving only student loans and is enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits which are NOT repeats, the student's financial aid eligibility will usually not be impacted by the repeat.
4. Not allowable: 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 count for financial aid eligibility. In this example, the student is enrolled in 12 credits, including the 3 credit second repeat, so only 9 credits will count for financial aid eligibility.
Please speak with an advisor in the Student Financial Aid Office if you have any questions regarding this regulation.