The Department of Education has published regulations which impact students who repeat courses. According to the Program Integrity Rules, effective July 1, 2011, students may only receive federal financial aid funding for one repetition of a previously passed course.
Examples of repeated coursework that may, or may not, count for financial aid eligibility:
Allowable: Repeated coursework may be included if the student received an unsatisfactory or failing grade. There is no limit on the number of attempts allowable if the student does not receive a passing grade.
NOTE: If the student passed the course and then subsequently failed it, they cannot receive aid for the course the third time.
Allowable: Student is enrolled in 15 credit hours of which 3 credits are repeating a previously passed course. Because the student is enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits which are not repeats, the student's financial aid eligibility is not impacted by the repeat.
Not permissible: Student receives a D in a course and decides to repeat the course to improve his/her GPA. The student may repeat this passed course one time, but if the student wants to repeat it a second time, the second repeat would not count for financial aid eligibility. In this example, the student is enrolled in 12 credits, including the 3 credit second repeat, so only 9 credits will count for financial aid eligibility.