Federal regulations limit the number of times a student may repeat a course and receive financial aid for that course.

  • A student may receive aid when repeating a course that was previously failed (received a failing or unsatisfactory grade), regardless of the number of times the course was attempted and failed.
  • A student may receive aid to repeat a previously passed course (grade of ‘D’ or higher) one additional time.
  • Once a student has completed any course twice with a passing grade (grad of ‘D’ or higher), he/she is no longer eligible to receive aid for that course.
  • This rule applies whether or not the student received aid for earlier enrollments in the course.
  • Students will receive notification if they are aid applicants and attempt to repeat coursework beyond the limits.

Examples of repeated coursework that may, or may not, count for financial aid eligibility:

Example 1: Sue takes Math 101 in the fall 2010 semester at Farquhar College. She receives a grade of D and 3 credits for the course. She decides to retake the course in the spring 2011 semester in order to improve her grade and G.P.A., however, for her repeat class she receives a grade of F and no credit. In the fall 2011, Sue decides to enroll in the course for the third time. The chart below displays her financial aid eligibility.

SEMESTER COURSE GRADE/CREDITS FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBILITY
Fall 2010 Math 101 D – 3 credits received Eligible
Spring 2011 Math 101 F – no credit received Eligible
Fall 2011 Math 101 Irrelevant-* NOT ELIGIBLE**

*A student may only receive financial aid for one repeat of a course for which credit has been previously received.
**The Student has already received aid for a previously passed course.

Example 2: Bob takes English 112 in the fall 2010 semester at Farquhar College. He receives a grade of F and zero credits for the course. He decides to retake the course in the spring 2011 semester. For his repeat class he receives another F and no credits. In fall 2011 he decides to take the course for a third time. He receives a grade of D and three credits for the course. Bob can repeat English 112 (one time) and receive financial aid for the previously passed course.

SEMESTER COURSE GRADE/CREDITS FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBILITY
Fall 2010 ENG 112 F – no credit received Eligible
Spring 2011 ENG 112 F – no credit received Eligible
Fall 2011 ENG 112 D – 3 credits received ELIGIBLE for one additional repeat

Important Note
The Financial Aid Office does not determine if a student may repeat a class, only whether a student may be eligible for financial aid for a repeat class. For more information on your academic program’s policy regarding repeat coursework, contact your academic advisor. In addition, every repeated course affects Satisfactory Academic Progress calculations; all repeated courses are counted as attempted credit hours.