The U.S. Department of Education has passed a regulation impacting repeated courses. The regulation states that students may only receive federal financial aid for ONE repetition of a previously passed course. These regulations prohibit Howard University from paying for a course that has been passed more than one time.

Financial Aid Enrollment Scenarios Affecting Eligibility

The following tables display potential scenarios students can encounter when attempting to repeat coursework

Scenario 1: The student passed the class the first time in Fall 2020. They retake the course in an attempt to get a higher grade but fail. They are not eligible to take the class a third time.

Term

Course

Result

FA - Eligibility

Fall 2020

ACCT100

Pass

Eligible

Spring 2021

ACCT100

Fail

Eligible

Summer 2021

ACCT100

N/A

Not Eligible

Scenario 2: Student takes the course and fails in Fall 2020. They decide to take the class a second time and pass in Spring 2021. They enroll a third time and pass with a higher grade. The fourth time, they are no longer eligible.

Term

Course

Result

FA - Eligibility

Fall 2020

EDUC 220

Fail

Eligible

Spring 2021

EDUC 220

Pass

Eligible

Summer 2021

EDUC 220

Pass

Eligible

Fall 2021

EDUC 220

N/A

Not Eligible

Scenario 3: Student enrolls in the same course three semesters in a row and fails each time. There are no limits on repeating the course until the student passes, the student receives a 'passing' grade.

Term

Course

Result

FA - Eligibility

Fall 2020

ANTH 220

Fail

Eligible

Spring 2021

ANTH 220

Fail

Eligible

Summer 2021

ANTH 220

Fail

Eligible

Fall 2021

ANTH 220

N/A

Eligible

If you are enrolled in a previously repeated course (at least twice) and received a passing grade, you will be ineligible for Title IV aid to cover the repeated class taken for the third time. For example, if you are enrolled in 15 credit hours but 3 of those credit hours are from a previously passed and repeated course, financial aid will only count up to 9 credit hours when factoring in your eligibility. 

Repeated courses can impact a student's renewal of financial aid eligibility that has required credit hours and grades such as federal aid, grants, institutional and state scholarships. 

Please contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have questions about your eligibility: finaid@howard.edu

Repeated Coursework and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

The repeated course(s), including the original attempt, must be counted toward the maximum time frame and hours completion ratio requirements, which can impact your financial aid eligibility. Click here for more information regarding the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.