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Repeated Courses and Financial Aid

 

Financial Aid regulations regarding Repeated Courses have been revised, beginning in the 2011-2012 academic year.  Federal regulations now allow a student to retake any previously passed course only one time and receive financial aid for that course.  

“Passed” means a course was completed with a grade of “D”, “J” or higher. 

This applies to all students regardless of any policy within an academic program requiring a higher grade in the course.

If you are in the second retake (third enrollment) of a previously passed course, financial aid will NOT count that class in your enrollment for the term and your Federal Pell Grant may be adjusted to reflect the lower enrollment.  Note: In this example, you will still be charged tuition for the repeated course, even if financial aid cannot count the course enrollment.
Any student who must retake a previously passed Developmental or ESL Course will be affected by this policy.

Important Note: After receiving the first passing grade in a course, a “W” is counted as a retake of the course.

For financial aid purposes, enrollment status is defined as:

  • Full-time: 12 credit hours or more
  • ¾ time: 9-11 credit hours
  • ½ time: 6-8 credit hours

Enrollment status changes will affect the amount of the Federal Pell Grant award in a term.  As an illustration, the term award amounts for the highest need student will decrease by $694 at each enrollment level:

Full-time: 12 credit hours or more: Pell Grant award = $2,775

  • If a full-time student has one non-allowed retake and the student’s status drops to ¾ time after removing the retake, the Pell Grant award = $2,081
  • If a ¾ time student has one non-allowed retake and the student’s status drops to ½  time after removing the retake, the Pell Grant award = $1,387

Example #1: for a student enrolled in 12 credit hours, including 1 course to be retaken:

  • Enroll Attempt #1 in 3 credit course (BIO 101) = D grade (Aid is approved; with inclusion of this course, the student’s status is full-time for financial aid)
  • Enroll Attempt #2 in 3 credit course (BIO 101) = C- grade (Aid is approved; with inclusion of this course, the student’s status is full-time for financial aid)
  • Enroll Attempt #3 in 3 credit course (BIO 101) = C grade (Aid is not approved for this course; excluding his course, the student’s status is ¾ time for financial aid)

Example 2: for a student enrolled in 12 credit hours, including 1 course to be retaken:

  • Enroll Attempt #1 in 3 credit course (BIO 101) = F grade (Aid is approved; with inclusion of this course, the student’s status is full-time for financial aid)
  • Enroll Attempt #2 in 3 credit course (BIO 101) = D grade (Aid is approved; with inclusion of this course, the student’s status is full-time for financial aid)   NOTE: THIS IS THE FIRST PASSED ATTEMPT
  • Enroll Attempt #3 in 3 credit course (BIO 101) = W grade (Aid is approved; with inclusion of this course, the student’s status is full-time for financial aid)
  • Enroll Attempt #4 in 3 credit course (BIO 101) = C grade (Aid is not approved for this course; excluding his course, the student’s status is ¾ time for financial aid)
Repeating Courses can also impact your Satisfactory Academic Progress.  Click here to review Union County College’s Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

 

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