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What do the grade letters mean?

Withdrawal (W), Unauthorized Withdrawal (WU), Withdrawal Pass (WP) and Withdrawal Never Attended (WNA): Students are given a "W" (Withdrawal) when they officially withdraw from a course. The course will only appear on the transcript if students withdraw after the end of the add/drop period as per the program’s academic calendar. A "W" grade is not calculated into the GPA, attempted credits or earned credits, when dropped on or before the add/drop period. After the add/drop period, a "W" grade is calculated into the attempted credits, but not calculated into GPA or earned credits. 

A grade of "WU" (Unauthorized Withdrawal) is assigned to students that stop attending before the end of 60% of scheduled classes for the semester. The "WU" grade is calculated in the GPA as a failing grade, and is included in the attempted credits and earned credits.

The grade of "WNA" (Withdrew Never Attended) is assigned if students have never attended class. This grade is not calculated into the GPA, attempted credits or earned credits. 

Withdrawn courses recorded on the student’s permanent academic transcript are included in the Pace and maximum Time Frame calculations as attempted but not satisfactorily completed credits. Please see each school’s Bulletin or Student Handbook for detailed information as it pertains to each type of withdrawal (i.e., W, WU and WNA) 

Incompletes (INC): Courses that are assigned an "incomplete" grade are included in the attempted credits but not earned credit hours for Pace and maximum Time Frame measures. They are entered as attempted but not satisfactorily completed credits and are not included in the CGPA. Students’ status may change once a final grade is recorded. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the Financial Aid office when a grade has been entered as final. 

Tentative (Incompletes) (T): Courses that are assigned a "tentative" grade are included in the attempted and earned credit hours for Pace and maximum Time Frame and are included in the CGPA. Only tentative grades of "TC-" to "TF" are assigned. Students’ SAP status may change once a final grade is recorded. It is the responsibility of students to notify the Financial Aid office when a grade has been entered as final. If a "TC-" or "TF" grade is not resolved six ("6") weeks from the date that the grade is submitted by the professor the "T" will drop and the grade will be final. This may result in Financial Aid suspension and they will have to submit an appeal to regain financial aid eligibility. 

Pass/Fail (Pass/No Credit at the Law Center): All credits for Pass /Fail/ Pass-No Credit course attempts will be counted as attempted credits. Only P grades will count as satisfactorily completed credit hours in the quantitative measures. However, under no circumstances can students' full time course load in a given semester/term consist only of P/F courses. Passing grades include "P" (Pass), "H" (Pass with Honors) or "P"/"NC" (Pass/No Credit). 

Repetitions: For purposes of financial aid, students may be permitted to retake courses in which the student received a failing grade or its equivalent (i.e. where a grade of B- or below is considered non-passing), which is dependent on the academic requirements of the program in which the student is enrolled. Each time a course is attempted, it is considered an attempt when calculating the Pace of completion and maximum Time Frame measures, regardless of whether the course is subsequently repeated for a better grade. 

Students are only allowed to receive federal financial aid for one repeat of a course (for the first time only) a previously passed course in a term-based program, including when the student is retaking a passed class due to failing other associated coursework. Any grade that is higher than an “F”, or its programmatic equivalent, is considered passing for this purpose regardless of the school or program policy/requirements. If after that one allowable repeat, a satisfactory grade is not achieved, the student may not be eligible to receive federal financial aid for additional repeats of the same course. 

Transfer Credits: For purposes of financial aid, only transfer credit hours officially accepted for the student’s program of study will be automatically counted in the attempted and successfully completed credit hours toward the quantitative (Pace of completion) and maximum Time Frame. Various programs of Touro may have different standards and requirements regarding acceptability of transfer credits and calculations will be based on the program in which the student is enrolled. 

Remedial Courses: Remedial courses do not count toward a student’s degree requirements; however, they are counted toward establishing full time status at Touro. Remedial courses are not calculated in the quantitative measure to determine pace of completion and not calculated in the maximum Time Frame and CGPA evaluations. Touro calculates a separate standard of good academic standing for students taking remedial courses; please refer to the Remedial Students Academic Standing Chart in Appendix A. 

In addition students are allowed to repeat and obtain financial aid for each remedial course only once. Students who fail the same course or level twice are not making SAP and may be placed on financial aid suspension. A student who withdraws after five weeks of the semester/term will be considered to be repeating the course upon his/her next attempt of the course. Students who withdraw twice from any such course are not considered to be making satisfactory progress and may be dismissed from Touro. The CAS may grant a waiver to allow a student to repeat a remedial course for one additional semester/term depending upon the circumstances. 

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