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Pass/No Pass Grade Option

Students

Important updates regarding the ability to select the Pass (P) and No Pass (NP) grading option for your Spring 2020 courses:

  • Students will be allowed to submit a Pass / No Pass Grade Option Request form for all letter grade courses.
  • Deadline to submit a P/NP request form is 5pm on Friday May 15th, however students are strongly encouraged to submit prior to the deadline.

Please note you are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to meet with a counselor prior to submitting the P/NP request form. Why is this important you ask? A few important points to consider:

  • Transferability of courses with a "P" grade differs depending on the university, major, and course. Some universities may not accept “P” grades for transfer credit. Please refer to the FALL 2020 TRANSFER NEWSLETTER for additional information on UC/CSU guidance relating to P/NP.
  • Transfer policies for Fall 2020 may differ from those for Spring 2021 or Fall 2021.
  • Students may want to compare the benefits of dropping a course versus attempting a "P" grade. Please note the deadline to drop a course without a W is April 25th.

You should also consider the following before electing to take a course for P/NP:

  • A “P” is equivalent to a C- or better. P/NP grades are not used in GPA calculations.
  • Taking a course for P/NP could have important implications for future graduate school admissions. Graduate schools may have prerequisites that require letter grading.
  • No course units are awarded for a NP. If you receive a NP grade, this could drop you below minimum progress or affect academic probationary status. This could also affect the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) calculation, which determines your eligibility for future financial aid.
  • Veterans who receive financial assistance may have a strong motivation to take classes for a letter grade, as the receipt of a grade such as a “NP” can retroactively impact financial aid. These are complex issues and students should consult closely with the VALOR program.

How do I change my grading option?
You need to submit the updated “Pass / No Pass Grade Option Request” form (see attached).

Can I change from P/NP back to a letter grade?
We strongly encourage students to meet with a counselor prior to submitting a P/NP grade request form. If a student changes their mind after the grade is posted, students will need to submit a grade change request form within 2 years of the last date of the term. Please note we cannot guarantee your P/NP grade will be changed back to a letter grade. This decision will be under the sole discretion of the instructor.

Will taking a class for P/NP impact my GPA?
P/NP grades are not factored into the GPA calculation.

Will taking a class for P/NP impact my time to graduation?
That depends on whether a letter grade in the class is required by your major or college. Additionally, courses in which you receive an “NP” grade yield no units toward graduation.

Students are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to meet with a counselor prior to submitting the P/NP request form. Why is this important?

  • Transferability of courses with a "P" grade differs depending on the university, major, and course. Some universities may not accept “P” grades for transfer credit. Please refer to the FALL 2020 TRANSFER NEWSLETTER for additional information on UC/CSU guidance relating to P/NP.
  • Transfer policies for Fall 2020 may differ from those for Spring 2021 or Fall 2021.
  • Students may want to compare the benefits of dropping a course versus attempting a "P" grade. Please note the deadline to drop a course without a W is April 25th.

You should also consider the following before electing to take a course for P/NP:

  • A “P” is equivalent to a C- or better. P/NP grades are not used in GPA calculations.
  • Taking a course for P/NP could have important implications for future graduate school admissions. Graduate schools may have prerequisites that require letter grading.
  • No course units are awarded for a NP. If you receive a NP grade, this could drop you below minimum progress or affect academic probationary status. This could also affect the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) calculation, which determines your eligibility for future financial aid.
  • Veterans who receive financial assistance may have a strong motivation to take classes for a letter grade, as the receipt of a grade such as a “NP” can retroactively impact financial aid. These are complex issues and students should consult closely with the VALOR program.

How do I change my grading option?
You need to submit the updated “Pass / No Pass Grade Option Request” form (see attached).

Can I change from P/NP back to a letter grade?
We strongly encourage students to meet with a counselor prior to submitting a P/NP grade request form. If a student changes their mind after the grade is posted, students will need to submit a grade change request form within 2 years of the last date of the term. Please note we cannot guarantee your P/NP grade will be changed back to a letter grade. This decision will be under the sole discretion of the instructor.

Will taking a class for P/NP impact my GPA?
P/NP grades are not factored into the GPA calculation.

Will taking a class for P/NP impact my time to graduation?
That depends on whether a letter grade in the class is required by your major or college. Additionally, courses in which you receive an “NP” grade yield no units toward graduation.

Who should I talk to if I’m not sure what to do?
If you have questions about whether the P/NP grading option is right for you, check with a counselor by scheduling an appointment, emailing your questions to askmccounselor@missioncollege.edu, or using Chat from the Counseling Website.

Faculty

  • Students will be allowed to submit a “Pass / No Pass Grade Option Request” form for all letter grade courses.
  • Deadline to submit a P/NP request form is 5pm on Friday May 15th, however students are strongly encouraged to submit prior to the deadline.
  • Instructor should continue to maintain and submit records of letter grades earned for students who don’t select P/NP.

Attached Final Grade Submission document with information relating to the P/NP grading option. Please note additional guidance will be provided in the coming weeks.