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Grade Replacement

Courses repeated under this policy may not be eligible for financial aid. For more information, contact Financial Aid at (970) 351-4862.

Grade Replacement Application

Grade Replacement will not happen automatically; you must complete a Grade Replacement Application.

  • Applications will not be accepted until you are registered for the course being repeated.
  • Applications must be submitted by the drop deadline of the course being repeated.
  • You will be notified through your Bearmail account once your application has been approved or denied.
  • If a Grade Replacement Application is denied for any reason, students must subsequently re-submit a new Grade Replacement Application once the respective denial issue is resolved. 
  • The grade of the original course will not be removed from the GPA calculation until after the new grade has been submitted at the end of the term, which is also when your academic standing will be updated.

Completed applications must be submitted through the online application form before midnight of the drop deadline.

Grade Replacement Policy
  • The Grade Replacement Policy applies to UNC undergraduate level courses that are letter-graded (A-F). The courses must be the same (both Prefix and Number) and both courses must be taken at UNC. The course must not be designated repeatable for credit in the current catalog. Pass/Fail grades are excluded.
  • Grade replacement can only be applied once per course for a maximum of six (6) courses; these limits only apply to courses repeated Fall 2013 or later.
  • Grade replacement can be used for completed courses, regardless of previous grade earned, except for an "I". Applications will not be accepted for courses with an incomplete (I) grade.
  • To use grade replacement, the student must submit a Grade Replacement Application to the Office of the Registrar no later than the drop deadline of courses being repeated. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Once the grade replacement application deadline has passed, a grade replacement application cannot be withdrawn.
  • The most recent letter grade (A-F) attained for a course repeated under grade replacement will count toward the cumulative GPA, even if the most recent grade is lower than the grade being replaced.
  • If a student applies for grade replacement and receives a mark of “W” or “UW” in the second attempt of a course, the attempt does not count as the grade replacement opportunity and the original grade will stand.
  • All occurrences of a course are recorded on the transcript.
    Courses are counted one time only in the total credits towards graduation.
  • All credit hours earned for initial and repeated courses will be deducted from the student’s remaining College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend eligibility hours.
  • Grades earned under a completed degree are excluded from this policy.

For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at (970) 351-4UNC (4862) or visit Grade Replacement FAQ's.

If you plan to transfer to another academic institution or apply to graduate school, be aware that other institutions may include all grades in the calculation of your GPA for admission to their institution.

If you are receiving financial aid, please be aware of the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy is separate from the Grade Replacement Policy. Changes in your cumulative GPA and/or deficient hours due to Grade Replacement will not be taken into account in your financial suspension appeal until you have completed the course. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (970) 351-4862. 

View The Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Independent Study (Correspondence) Courses retaken for grade replacement must meet registration, drop and course completion deadlines for the semester the course is repeated.