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Repeat Classes and Financial Aid Eligibility Policy

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

If a student receives a “W” or an “F” in a course:

  • A student is allowed to repeat the same course and receive federal financial aid (in addition to assuming the office’s Satisfactory Academic Progress is met) until a “D-“grade or better is earned for the class.
  • Once the student has achieved a “D-“ grade or better, a student can repeat the same course a second time and still receive federal financial aid

If a student elects to take a repeat class within the same course a third time:

  • Once a “D-“ grade or better has been earned, the class cannot be factored into federal financial aid enrollment eligibility
  • This rule applies whether or not a student received federal financial aid in earlier enrollments of the course

Once a repeated class can no longer be counted within a student’s enrollment for federal financial aid purposes:

  • It is irrelevant for financial aid purposes if a student is required to retake a class to meet major/program GPA requirements
  • It is irrelevant if a student has a personal desire to receive an improved grade
  • This rule may seem unfriendly to the academic career of student. The rule is federal law. There is no appeal process and the rule cannot be overridden by UNLV.
Examples: Taking A Repeat Class Could Reduce Your Financial Aid Enrollment For Federal Financial Aid Eligibility

Course Examples

1st Class Attempt

2nd Class Attempt

3rd Class Attempt

Would 3rd Attempted Class Be Eligible For Federal Fin Aid Enrollment Consideration?

Math 100

F

D

Enrolled

Yes

Psychology 200

D

C

Enrolled

No

Finance 100

D

F

Enrolled

No

English 200

C

Enrolled

*

No

Accounting 100

W

F

Enrolled

Yes

Nutrition 200

F

F

Enrolled

Yes

Economics 100

D

W

*

No

Graduate Thesis/Dissertation

X

X

Enrolled

Yes

Source: Federal Register, Volume 75, Number 209, Page 66,868, Part 668, Student Assistance General Provisions Retaking Coursework 668.2, http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2010-10-29/pdf/2010-26531.pdf