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Repeat Course Policy

Repeat courses in which a passing grade has already been received, including courses taken at another school or courses under the CARE/Fresh Start policy, cannot be included in the VA enrollment certification. 

Students under the VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment program may repeat a failed required course one time without required documentation from his/her counselor. 

In addition, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has made changes to repeating failed or unacceptable graded courses. (An unacceptable grade is dictated by the bulletin.  For example, the undergraduate bulletin states that Nursing majors must "have completed at least 30 hours with no grades lower than a C in nursing prerequisites and APSU general education requirements.")

Many schools have a "forgiveness" policy that allows students to repeat a failed or unacceptable grade for a course.  If the student receives a passing grade, the original grade is "forgiven" (excluded) and becomes a non-punitive grade (no longer counted in the GPA).  Once the course has been "forgiven", the school is required to report this to VA.

APSU Policy for Repeating Failed Courses

  • 1st attempt will be excluded from the GPA by the 2nd attempt
  • 2nd attempt will be excluded from the GPA by the 3rd attempt
  • 3rd and all additional attempts will remain in the GPA calculations (quality hours)

If one of the following situations occurs, the non-punitive grade must be reported to VA:

  1. The first attempt was failed/unacceptable grade. The second attempt was passed. Nothing has to be reported to VA.  This is basically a free pass.
  2. The first and second attempts were failed/unacceptable grades.  The third attempt was passed.  The second attempt has to be reported to VA as a non-punitive grade and may result in an overpayment.
  3. The first, second and third attempts were failed/unacceptable grades. The fourth attempt was passed.  The second attempt has to be reported to VA as a non-punitive grade and may result in an overpayment.

Examples

Example 1:

  • ENGL 1010           Fall 2011               F does not have to reported (free pass)
  • ENGL 1010           Spring 2012          C

Example 2:

  • ENGL 1010           Fall 2011               F does not have to be reported
  • ENGL 1010           Spring 2012           F non-punitive grade – has to be reported 
  • ENGL 1010           Summer 2012        C

Example 3:

  • ENGL 1010           Fall 2011              F does not have to be reported
  • ENGL 1010           Spring 2012          F non-punitive – has to be reported
  • ENGL 1010           Summer 2012       F punitive – does not have to be reported
  • ENGL 1010           Fall 2012              C