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Retaking Course Work

Federal regulations limit students’ eligibility of federal aid with regards to repeated coursework. Students may only receive federal aid for one repetition of a previously passed course (grade of D or better). In addition, repeated courses will not count towards your actual enrollment for federal financial aid purposes.

Students must be registered for the minimum credit hour requirement in non-repeated coursework to be eligible for federal financial aid each semester.


A student takes a course and receives a passing grade of ‘D’, but needs a ‘C’ in this course to count towards their degree requirements. The student takes the course again the following semester and earns another ‘D’.  Although the student needs to retake the course to earn credit for his or her degree, they are no longer eligible to receive federal aid for that class. 

Additionally, the student cannot use that course toward enrollment for financial aid purposes. If the same student is taking 12 credits including the 3 credit hours that are considered to be a third repeat, only 9 credits will count toward federal financial aid eligibility. This will affect the student’s cost of attendance and may reduce the amount of financial aid the student is eligible to receive.


Source: RETAKING COURSE WORK (Sec. 668.2(b)) (FR p. 666948)