In some cases, undergraduate students may wish to repeat a course, either to increase their GPA or replace a failing grade. This may effect their financial aid eligibility for the course itself or for future terms. Only classes which will count toward meeting degree requirements are eligible for financial aid.
Repeating a FAILED Course:
Undergraduate students enrolled at PSU may desire to repeat certain courses due to a need to increase their grade point average (GPA) in order to graduate or be accepted into a major which requires a minimum GPA. Federal guidance allows students to use Federal aid to repeat previously failed coursework; however, the hours of any failed course must still be counted in Satisfactory Academic Progress calculations. The repeated course will count as part of a student’s enrollment status for the payment period they are repeating.
Repeating a PASSED Course:
If an undergraduate student is repeating a previously PASSED course to increase their GPA, federal guidance allows student to repeat and receive aid ONE-TIME when repeating the passed course. All hours of any courses attempted must still count in SAP calculations. PSU academic guidelines will count the last repeated course for GPA purposes. Therefore, if a student earned a letter grade of “D” and then repeated this course and received an “F”, the “F” would replace the previously earned “D” for purposes of determining a student’s new GPA.
Undergraduate students are encouraged to contact not only their academic advisor regarding PSU academic consequences but also a member of the Financial Aid Team if they are planning to repeat any coursework. They will want to be sure they understand how retaking courses will be treated by PSU academics as well as financial aid as required by federally mandated Satisfactory Academic Progress policies.