Financial Aid Repeated Coursework Policy

According to federal regulations, repeat courses may impact your financial aid eligibility. In order for a repeated course to count toward your enrollment status for financial aid purposes, it may only have been previously passed once (a total of two attempts). If you enroll in a previously passed course for a third time, this course will not count towards your enrollment for financial aid purposes. This rule applies whether or not the student received aid for earlier enrollments in the course.

  • A student may receive aid when repeating a course for the first time.
  • A student may receive aid when repeating a course that was previously failed or withdrawn from regardless of the number of times the course was attempted and failed. ( Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy still applies)
  • A student may receive aid to repeat a previously passed course one additional time. If a student fails the second attempt, no more financial aid will be given to repeat the course a third time. If the second attempt is a withdrawal then aid is allowable on a third attempt.
  • If a student retakes a course that is not aid eligible, the credit hours will be excluded from the financial aid enrollment for that semester.


  1. Aid Eligible: A student takes Biology 110 and receives a grade of W or F. The student repeats the class and receives a D. For financial aid purposes the student is considered to have now passed the class. He or she may repeat the class one more time for a better grade and receive financial aid.
  2. Not Aid Eligible: A student takes Biology 110 and receives a D. The student repeats the course and receives a grade of F.  If the student enrolls in Biology 110 for a third attempt, the course would not be included in their enrollment for financial aid. In this scenario, if the student was enrolled in a total of 12 credit hours for the term, including the 3rd repeat of Biology 110, only 9 credits will count toward financial aid eligibility.
  3. Aid Eligible: Courses that are intended to be repeated multiple times such as Independent Studies, Special Topics, Thesis and Dissertation.


  1st Attempt 2nd Attempt 3rd Attempt Is Class Financial Aid Payable for the Enrolled Semester?
Course 1 F D Enrolled Yes
Course 2 C Enrolled -- Yes
Course 3 D C Enrolled No
Course 4 D F Enrolled No
Course 5 W F Enrolled Yes

Explanations of the Above Examples

  • Course 1: Yes, these credits are included in the financial aid enrollment because the student is allowed to repeat any failed or withdrawn course until a passing grade is received.
  • Course 2: Yes, these credits may be counted, even though it was previously passed, because it is the first time the class is being repeated.
  • Course 3: No, this course was previously passed twice and this is the third attempt.
  • Course 4: No, the class credits are no longer considered for financial aid eligibility because it has been previously passed, and this is the third attempt.
  • Course 5: Yes, because this course has never been passed so it may still be counted toward financial aid enrollment.