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EIU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Repeating Courses Policy

A new federal regulation limits the number of times a student may repeat a course and receive financial aid for that course (Effective July 1, 2011).

If a student gets a 'W' or an 'F' in a course, that student is allowed to repeat the course and receive financial aid (assuming he/she is meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress) until he/she receives a 'D' or better. Once the student has received a 'D' grade or better, he/she can repeat the course a second time and still receive federal aid. The third time the student repeats a course in which he/she has earned a 'D' or better, this becomes an illegal repeat and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships cannot provide federal funding for that repeated course.

Listed below are a few scenarios for example purposes:

 

Grades Earned  
D, C If the student repeats the course again, that course is now an illegal repeat.
F, F, D, W, B If the student repeats the course again, that course is now an illegal repeat.
F, F, D, B If the student repeats the course again, that course is now an illegal repeat.
F, D, W, F, C If the student repeats the course again, that course is now an illegal repeat.

 

If a student retakes a course that is not aid eligible, a recalculation of aid is completed to exclude the credits for the repeated course.

This rule applies whether or not the student received aid for earlier enrollments in the course.

All repeated courses affect financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress calculations.  A repeated course, along with the original attempt, must be counted as attempted credit hours. All students must successfully complete 67% of cumulative attempted hours by the end of each term.

Students must also adhere to the university's Repeating Courses Policy.

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Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Student Services Building East Wing
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-6405
Fax: (217) 581-6422
finaid@eiu.edu

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9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F


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