Repeating Courses

Repeated courses, grades and credits will be recorded on the academic transcript with the most recent course included in the grade point average and noted as “included”, while the previous courses will be noted as “excluded”.

All courses designated as excluded will:

  • Not be included in cumulative earned credit totals,
  • Not be awarded quality points and therefore not calculated in a student’s cumulative grade point average
  • Not apply toward graduation requirements.

The following courses, when repeated, will not be noted as “excluded” and therefore will be included in the grade point average.

  • Courses that are listed as equivalent in the Course Catalog
  • Courses that may be repeated for credit, for example Special Topics, Independent Study, Internships and Clinical Learning Experiences.
  • Courses that have no quality points associated and therefore have no impact on students’ cumulative grade point average, for example audited courses, and courses taken as pass/no pass.

Transfer courses taken while enrolled in or after enrollment in equivalent Saint Louis courses are excluded from this policy.

Note: Students receiving financial aid need to verify with the Office of Student Financial Services whether repeating a course will affect their eligibility status.

Federal law limits the number of times students may repeat a course and receive Title IV financial aid for that course.

  • Students may receive Title IV aid when repeating a course that was previously failed (received a 0.0 or No pass), regardless of the number of times the course was attempted and failed.
  • Students may receive Title IV aid to repeat a previously passed course one additional time.
  • Once students have completed any course twice with a passing grade, they are no longer eligible to receive Title IV aid for that course.
  • If students repeat a course that is not Title IV aid eligible, a recalculation of Title IV aid is done to exclude the credits for the repeated course.
  • This rule applies whether or not students received aid for earlier enrollments in the course.