Repeating Coursework

Effective July 1, 2011, the federal government instituted new regulations regarding repeated coursework and federal financial aid eligibility (Federal Register 668.2). These regulations stipulate that if a student repeats a class, for which they have already earned a passing grade, the student can only receive financial aid for that class one more time. Kent State University defines a passing grade as a grade of D or higher. This can be best illustrated through the following examples:

  1. Greg took Biology 10001 during the Spring 2011 term and received a grade of D for that course. Greg is retaking the course during the Fall 2011 term to try to get a better grade. Since Greg already received a passing grade (D) in the course and is retaking it again for the first time, he is eligible to receive federal financial aid for this course during the Fall 2011 term.
  2. Sarah took Math 10001 during the Spring 2011 term and earned a grade of F. She is retaking the course during the Fall 2011 term. Since Sarah has not earned a passing grade for Math 10001, she is eligible to receive federal financial aid for this course.
  3. David took Biology 10001 during the Fall 2011 term and received a grade of D for that course. He retook the course again during the Spring 2012 term and received a grade of D again. David is retaking the course once again during the Fall 2012 term to try to get a better grade. Since David already received a passing grade (D) in the course and is retaking it again for the third time, he is no longer eligible to receive federal financial aid for this course.
  4. Sandra took Math 10001 during the Fall 2010 term and earned a grade of F. She retook the course during the Spring 2011 term and earned a grade of D. However, in order to take Math 10002, Sandra needs to earn at least a grade of C in Math 10001. Since Sandra earned a passing grade (D) in Math 10001, she can attempt Math 10001 only one more time and be eligible to receive federal financial aid for Math 10001.
  5. Taylor took Math 10001 during the Fall 2010 term and earned a grade of D. She retook the course during the Spring 2011 term and earned a grade of F. She would like to retake the course again during the Fall 2011 term. Since Taylor already earned a passing grade (D) in Math 10001, and she has repeated it once since passing the course the first time, she is no longer eligible to receive federal financial aid for this course.
  6. Tom enrolled in Accounting Special Topics course during the fall 2010 term. He earned a passing grade in that course. Tom enrolled in the same Special Topics course again during the Spring 2011 term and received a passing grade. He would like to enroll in the Special Topics course for a third time during the Fall 2011 term. Because this course is considered to be repeatable by Kent State University and contains different course content each semester, Tom may receive federal financial aid for this course for a third term.

Financial aid will be adjusted for coursework the student attempts to retake prior to the release of federal financial aid to the student's Bursar Account. Changes made to your schedule after the release of federal financial aid will be reviewed for repeated coursework and may result in a reduction of financial aid awards.