Repeating a Course

Calculating GPA, Credits, and Class Standing

When a course is repeated, the most recent grade will be used to calculate the student’s GPA, credits earned toward graduation, and class standing. Also, the previously earned credit is forfeited, and the student’s transcript will indicate NR (no grade–repeated) for the initial course.

Procedure for Repeating a Course

Students must have the permission of the Dean of Students Office and their academic advisor for the third attempt at any one course. Courses exempt from the repeat rule are those that may be repeated for credit as indicated in the course description. A student must fill out the Petition for Third and Final Attempt at a Course, obtain the required signatures, and return the form to the Dean of Students Office. Students who wish to repeat a course in which they have already earned a C or higher must contact their academic advisor to request a repeat waiver. 

In situations where an original course is no longer offered and no active direct equivalent exists, students may seek the permission of their academic advisor and the department chair or head of the academic unit to substitute a different course (a “similar repeat”) which covers comparable material at a similar level.

Graduate students should also refer to Senate Policy 418.1 for additional considerations.

Eligibility for Financial Aid and GI Bill ® Benefits

Students who retake a previously passed course more than once may become ineligible for financial aid from the US Department of Education. For more information, see the financial aid enrollment requirements.

Students who receive GI Bill ® benefits cannot be certified for or receive compensation for repeating a course they have previously passed. For more information, please see the School Certifying Official in the Registrar's Office.


GI Bill ® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at