Course Repeat and Course Forgiveness

If you wish to receive academic advising on the course repeat and course forgiveness policies, visit the Academic Advising Center to speak with an academic adviser.

Course Repeat

Repeat a course and have the old and new grades calculated into your grade point average.

  • Students can only register for the same course if they previously earned a grade of C- or lower.
  • Undergraduate students can repeat up to a total of 28 units.
  • Both the old and new grades will be calculated into the student's overall grade point average.

Course Forgiveness

Repeat a course and have only the new grade calculated into your grade point average. Even though the old grade stays on your record, it is not factored into your GPA.

  • Students can only register for the same course if they previously earned a grade of C- or lower.
  • A maximum of 16 units is allowed for course forgiveness as part of the 28-unit course repeat limit.
  • The same course can be repeated only one time for course forgiveness.
  • Only one upper division course can be used for course forgiveness.
  • Students may not use course forgiveness for courses for which the original grade was the result of a finding of academic dishonesty.

Beginning fall 2018, course forgiveness will be applied automatically to the first attempt of a repeated course up to the course forgiveness unit limits. If you wish to apply a late course forgiveness for a course repeated prior to fall 2018, you can apply by completing the online Course Forgiveness Request form available in the SDSU WebPortal.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I repeat the course?
Unless a deficient grade is earned in an enforced registration course, there are no time restrictions on when you need to repeat a course. If a deficient grade is earned in a course that is enforced by the registration system, you are required to repeat the course during the semester immediately following.
Do I have to repeat the course at SDSU to allow course forgiveness to apply?
Yes. Course forgiveness can only be applied to courses repeated at SDSU. However, you can repeat the course with a different instructor.
Can I use course forgiveness at SDSU for courses taken at other colleges?
Yes. Course forgiveness may be extended to courses originally taken elsewhere and repeated at SDSU.
Can course forgiveness apply to any course?
Course forgiveness only applies to repeats of the same course - same number, title, and (for Experimental Topics courses) same subtitle. In some cases, registration in a course may have become restricted due to impaction, limitation by major code, enforcement of prerequisites, or sequence requirements (e.g. mathematics and foreign language). In those cases, you are prohibited from repeating the course unless you meet the requirements.
Can I repeat a course with a different grading basis?
No. The only courses that may be repeated Credit/No Credit are those in which you previously received No Credit. If a course was previously taken for a grade, you must repeat it for a letter grade. If not, the original grade will continue to be calculated into your grade point averages.

Repeating courses in which the original grade was No Credit does not require filing of the Course Forgiveness form, nor does it subtract from the total forgivable repeat units permitted since the No Credit grade does not affect your GPA.

How is course forgiveness applied?
Beginning fall 2018, course forgiveness will be applied automatically if enrollment is identified as a repeated course attempt. Requests for course forgiveness applied to prior repeats will be accepted via the SDSU WebPortal.
Is there a fee associated with course forgiveness?
There is no fee associated with course forgiveness. Beginning in January 2019, the $20 fee to file a retroactive course forgiveness was eliminated.
Who do I speak to if I have questions about any automatic course forgiveness that has already been processed?
Speak to an academic adviser in the Office of Advising and Evaluations.

Faculty and Staff

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