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Can I choose to be graded on Pass/Unsatisfactory?

All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled for courses in spring 2020 can choose to be graded on Pass/Unsatisfactory.

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How will the Pass/Unsatisfactory grading impact my financial aid?

Your financial aid is based on a review of both qualitative (Cumulative GPA) and quantitative (Rate of Complete/PACE) aspects of your academic performance. Your GPA will not be impacted. The quantitative component (PACE) will be impacted. You must still pass 67% of ALL attempted coursework. If you are in jeopardy of losing your financial aid, please consult with the financial aid office. For more information: https://www.fmuniv.edu/financial-aid/satisfactory-academic-progress/

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Do I have to make the same grading choice for all classes for Spring 2020?

No. A student may decide with each class individually in Spring 2020 whether to be graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis.

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What will be the impact on my GPA by choosing to be graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis?

The Pass/Unsatisfactory grade, whether “Pass” or “Unsatisfactory,” will not be calculated in a student’s GPA.

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What will be the impact on my earned credits of a grade of “Pass”?

The credit will be earned, and counted as any other earned credit, however, the assigned grade will not be factored into the calculation of the GPA.

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What will be the impact on my earned credits of an “Unsatisfactory”?

The credit will not be earned, and the assigned grade will not be factored into the calculation of the GPA.

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Once I elect to be graded on the Pass/Unsatisfactory grading basis, will there be further opportunity to reverse that decision?

No. Once a student decides to be graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis, the choice will be irrevocable with no appeal. You can still appeal a grade under the Grades Appeal process but not the choice to be graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis.

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What resources will be available to help me decide whether to select grading on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis?

Your academic advisor, chair/dean’s office, financial aid officer, and any other campus resource with whom you regularly work on decisions related to registration and academic progression will be available to help you. Please seek their advice on what impact selecting to be graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis will have on scholarships (athletics or other), other forms of financial aid, veterans’ benefits, licensure, graduate/professional school admission, and/or other professional goals.

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