FAQ: Spring 2020 Credit/No Credit Options

April 14, 2020

The following FAQ provides guidance for grades, policies impacting grading, and graduation requirements. These will be updated as further information becomes available.


The information below can assist you in making an informed decision about whether to take the CR/NC option. You should also speak with your instructor and your academic advisor to see if this choice is right for you.

Course Drops

The Spring 2020 deadline to drop a course is April 13, 2020.

  • All courses dropped in the Spring 2020 semester will be considered “non-academic” and will not count toward the students’ six-drop limit.
  • Students will receive a grade of “W” for courses dropped in Spring 2020

Spring 2020 Adjustments to the CR/NC Option

UTSA will adopt an optional Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) "pass/fail" grading system for undergraduate and graduate courses for the Spring 2020 semester. The process is as follows:

  • Each faculty instructor will determine if his or her course (not section) is suitable for a CR/NC grade (i.e., "pass/fail").
  • Students will be notified the week of April 6–10 by your instructor whether their course has been designated as eligible for this grading option.
  • Finally, for those designated courses, beginning April 20, 2020, each student will decide whether they want to receive a letter grade or CR/NC for the course; the tentative deadline to make this decision is May 8, 2020 by  5 p.m. CST, the last day of classes. If a student does not respond, the default will be the traditional grading scale.

Spring 2020 Policies:

  • During the spring semester, student course work and examinations, etc. will continue to be graded in the traditional format (A, B, C, etc.), the traditional final grade will be posted in Blackboard.
  • For Undergraduate students, Credit/no-credit courses appear on the permanent record as a grade of “CR” if the student’s grade is an “A+,” “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” “D+,” “D,” or “D-” or as a grade of “NC” if the student’s grade is “F.” For Graduate students, Credit/no-credit courses appear on the permanent record as a grade of “CR” if the student’s grade is an “A+,” “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C” or as a grade of “NC” if the student’s grade is “C-,” “D+,” “D,” or “D-“, “F.”
  • Both “CR” and “NC” grades will not be computed into the students’ grade point average.
  • Students earning an “CR” grade will receive the course credit(s), and the CR grade will not be computed into grade point average. 
  • Students earning a “NC” grade will not receive the course credit(s), but the NC grade will not be computed into grade point average. 
  • A grade of “Credit” in a course will be considered successful completion of the course, including counting the course towards the core curriculum, and degree requirements, as well as satisfying prerequisites for sequel courses.
    • CR/NC does not impact academic standing. A student’s academic standing is suspended for the current Spring 2020 term; therefore, it will not impact academic warning, probation or dismissal student’s status.  Students who are graduating in Spring 2020 must still meet the UTSA overall GPA of 2.0 and degree requirements.
    • A NC grade will not be counted as an attempt for a Gateway course.
    • Transfer students who transfer to UTSA for their last 30 semester credit hours may count the UTSA Spring 2020 credit/no-credit courses toward their 30-hour minimum UTSA residency requirement.
  • In order to be eligible for Dean’s or President’s list, students must earn a letter grade for all Spring 2020 courses and cannot opt-in for CR/NC “pass/fail” for any course.
  • Credit in Honors College courses for Spring 2020 will count toward meeting Honors College requirements, though in some instances (contracts and non-HON prefixed courses) the honors designation may not appear on the transcript. The cumulative GPA for Good Standing depends on your specific Honors College program.
  • A course taken for credit/no-credit may not replace a letter grade.
  • The credit/no-credit option is not available if the student has previously received a letter grade in a course.
  • Students who are unsatisfied with any of their final grades may file a grade appeal in accordance with the regular University policy.

How to opt-in for CR/NC “pass/fail” for a class

Student will see the course(s) with CR/NC “pass/fail” option in ASAP and will need to make their choice to opt-in by 5 p.m. CST, May 8, 2020, the last day of classes; otherwise, they will receive the traditional letter grade you earned. Click here to find detailed instructions on this process.

Academic Standing and CR/NC:

A student’s academic standing is suspended for the current Spring 2020; therefore, it will not impact academic warning, probation or dismissal status for students. Students who are graduating in Spring 2020 must still meet the UTSA overall GPA of 2.0 and meet major requirements.

Specific Student Population Considerations

  • CAP Students

    UT Austin is assessing the policy changes at each CAP campus. You will receive a statement from UT Austin directly once they have updated information.

  • International Students

    There are currently no known restrictions (associated with visas or sponsorships) for international students to take courses as pass/fail.

  • Student Athlete

    Please contact Student Athlete Academic Center.

  • Honor’s College Student

    Credit in Honors College courses for Spring 2020 will count toward meeting Honors College requirements, though in some instances (contracts and non-HON prefixed courses) the honors designation may not appear on the transcript. The cumulative GPA for Good Standing depends on your specific Honors College program. Please refer to that program’s GPA requirements. If you have further questions, please reach out to the Honors front desk to schedule an appointment with your Academic Counselor.

  • Student repeating a course to replace the grade

    Do not opt-in for the CR/NC “pass/fail” option for a class which is being repeated because it will not replace a letter grade.

  • LEAD

    Please contact your LEAD team member.

  • SOAR

    Please contact your SOAR team member.

  • ACES

    Please contact your ACES Advisor team member.

  • Teacher Certification

    Please contact the Teacher Certification Office.

  • Dual Credit

    Please contact P-20 Office.

  • Veterans

    VA benefits will not be impacted by choosing the CR/NC “pass/fail” option.

  • Pre-Health Profession Students

    Students planning to apply to a health profession education program should consult with an Advisor in the Health Profession Office to discuss their options.

Frequently Asked Questions

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This is determined by the faculty instructors.  You will be notified the week of April 6–10, 2020, by your instructor if the course has been designated as eligible for this CR/NC “pass/fail” grading option. 

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No, a student does not have to choose the for the CR/NC “pass/fail” for their class.  For some student populations they should not opt for the CR/NC option.  See our section for special student populations.

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For Undergraduate students, Credit/no-credit courses appear on the permanent record as a grade of “CR” if the student’s grade is an “A+,” “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” “D+,” “D,” or “D-” or as a grade of “NC” if the student’s grade is “F.” Neither grade will affect the student’s grade point average at UTSA. The credit/no-credit grade cannot be changed to a regular grade once the credit has been awarded. Permalink

You should consult with your instructor and academic advisor.

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No, it is class specific. 

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Yes, you need to continue your coursework and finish strong. 

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For undergraduates, Credit/no-credit courses appear on the permanent record as a grade of “CR” if the student’s grade is an “A+,” “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” “D+,” “D,” or “D-” or as a grade of “NC” if the student’s grade is “F.” Neither grade will affect the student’s grade point average at UTSA. The credit/no-credit grade cannot be changed to a regular grade once the credit has been awarded.

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Process

There are some student populations that should not opt for the CR/NC option. See our section for special student populations.

If the faculty instructors has deemed their courses to be suitable for the CR/NC “pass/fail” option, you need to make the decision by 5 p.m. CST, May 8, 2020 – the last day of classes – and opt-in through the ASAP portal. Otherwise, you will receive the traditional letter grade earned.

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No, you can go into ASAP any time before the deadline, May 8, 2020, at 5 p.m. CST, and make or change your choice.

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Once a student has opted for the CR/NC “pass/fail” option for the course, they can change their decision as long as it’s before the deadline, May 8, 2020 5 p.m. CST. See our section for special student populations for a list of student populations that should not opt-in for the CR/NC option.

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Unfortunately, once the deadline has passed there are no changes.   

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Impact On

It does not negatively impact academic standing. A student’s academic standing is suspended for the current Spring 2020 term; therefore, it will not negatively impact academic warning, probation or dismissal students status. However, students may move in a positive direction for standing if earned grades allow it.

Students who are graduating in Spring 2020 must still meet the UTSA overall GPA of 2.0 and degree requirements.

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Students who are graduating in Spring 2020 must still meet the UTSA overall GPA of 2.0 and degree requirements.

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A grade of “CR” or “C-“or better will satisfy your major requirement. 

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No, there is no change with regards to the grading of developmental courses.

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In order to be eligible for Dean’s or President’s list, students must earn a letter grade for all Spring 2020 courses and cannot opt-in for CR/NC “pass/fail” for any course.

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If “CR” is earned, it will satisfy the prerequisite for future registrations. 

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If “CR” is earned, it will satisfy the gateway requirement. 

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TEA law and the Teacher Certification Program states you must have a 2.75 or higher GPA in order to be admitted to the teacher certification program, and you must maintain that GPA once admitted. If the student is trying to get admitted to the program and the GPA is not at the 2.75, choosing the CR/NC option may lead to you not being able to move forward in your degree progress, or having to push back restricted education courses as CR/NC grades are not included in GPA calculation. We encourage you to follow up with the Teacher Certification Office.

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If you are concerned regarding UTSA’s graduate school please see the following link: https://graduateschool.utsa.edu/

If not UTSA, you will need to check with your respective graduate/professional school.

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