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The Department of Education has published regulations which impact students who repeat courses. These regulations are part of a series called Program Integrity Rules and were effective July 1, 2011.
Beginning July 1, 2011, students may only receive federal financial aid funding for one repetition of a previously passed course.
Examples of repeated coursework that may, or may not, count for financial aid eligibility:
Allowable: Repeated coursework may be included if the student received an unsatisfactory or failing grade. There is no limit on the number of attempts allowable if the student does not receive a passing grade. NOTE: If the student passed the course and then subsequently failed it, they cannot receive aid for the course the third time.
Allowable: Student is enrolled in 15 credit hours which includes 3 credits repeating a previously passed course. Because the student is enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits which are not repeats, the student's financial aid eligibility is not impacted by the repeat.
Not permissible: Student receives a D in a course and decides to repeat the course to improve his/her GPA. The student may repeat this passed course one time, but if the student wants to repeat it a second time, the second repeat would not count for financial aid eligibility.
In this example, the student is enrolled in 12 credits, including the 3 credit second repeat, so only 9 credits will count for financial aid eligibility.
All repeated courses do affect financial aid satisfactory academic progress calculations. A repeated course along with the original attempt must be counted as attempted credits.