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Grading FAQs

Will my financial aid be impacted if I take Pass/Fail for one, some or all my classes?

Your financial aid may be impacted if your financial aid GPA going into the spring semester was below 2.0. A financial aid GPA of 2.0 or greater is required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

Your financial aid may also be impacted if you do not pass a sufficient number of courses. For students who have attempted between 9–30 credits, an overall course completion rate of 60% or greater is also required to maintain SAP. Students who have attempted more than 30 credits need a completion rate of 67% or greater. If you have questions about if or how your financial aid may be impacted, we recommend that you contact an advisor to discuss your academic progress. You can contact Advising by email at advising@ccri.edu or by text at 401-308-3537.

Will my Promise scholarship be impacted if I take Pass/Fail for one, some, or all my classes?

Your Rhode Island Promise scholarship may be impacted if you are not on track to meet the 30 credit and 2.5 GPA requirement by the end of August. If you have any questions about how your choices would impact your RI Promise standing, we recommend that you contact Advising & Counseling to discuss your progress. You can contact Advising by email at advising@ccri.edu or by text at 401-308-3537.

Under the Pass/Fail option, will a "Pass" grade transfer?

With many schools across the country moving to P/F grading for this semester, many four-year institutions will be flexible and will accept P grades for transfer. Rhode Island College has posted on their website that P grades will be accepted for transfer for courses taken in the Spring 2020 semester from institutions that have instituted an alternate grading system due to the pandemic.

The University of Rhode Island has posted that for Spring 2020 ONLY, they will transfer in courses with grades of a C or better, or grades of Pass (P). These courses will be transferred as major requirements, general education, elective, or combination thereof. If you are applying to a highly competitive school or program (e.g. URI Business, URI Engineering, RIC education), it may be in your best interest to opt for letter grades to enhance your GPA and candidacy for transfer admission.

If you have questions about whether P grades will transfer to a particular school or program, the best thing to do is contact the admissions department at that four-year institution and ask them directly if they will accept the Pass/Fail option or if they would prefer you request the letter grade. If you would like to discuss your transfer plans and your decision about Pass/Fail grading with a CCRI advisor, you can email advising@ccri.edu or text Advising at 401-308-3537.

Can I decide to take a letter grade after my final exam?

No. The decision by a student to take a letter grade option is irrevocable.

Can I change back to Pass/Fail once I know my final letter grade?

No. The decision by a student to take the letter grade option is irrevocable.

What grade do I need to earn in order to receive a grade of “Pass” for a course?

Students must earn a grade of D or higher to receive a grade of Pass.

Will a "Pass” grade impact my GPA?

No, a “Pass” grade will not have an impact on your GPA.

Will a "Fail” grade impact my GPA?

If you choose to stay with the Pass/Fail default, a "Fail" grade will not have an impact on your GPA. If you opt to have a letter grade in a particular course, that grade will impact your GPA. Any course for which you select a letter grade will be factored into your GPA, including an "F" grade.

Will I receive full academic credit for a course taken Pass/Fail?

If you receive a grade of Pass you will receive full academic credit for the course. If you receive a grade of Fail you will receive no academic credit for the course.

Is the Pass/Fail grading policy only for the face-to-face classes that switched to online?

No. We recognize that even students in purely online coursework are facing challenges related to the COVID-19 situation as well. The Pass/Fail grading option applies to all courses, except those courses that ended prior to March 16th.

Will the Pass/Fail grading Policy be available for future terms?

These changes are ONLY in effect for Spring 2020. The college will resume its standard grading, incomplete, and withdrawal policies for Summer I and II sessions and future academic semesters.

How will this Pass/Fail Grading Policy impact my application for nursing program, dental, and other performance-based health programs?

For students trying to get into performance-based healthcare programs, we do recommend opting for letter grades, at least in the required pre-requisite coursework. The requirement for admissions to healthcare programs will remain the same. If you have any questions, please contact Advising & Counseling by email at advising@ccri.edu or by text at 401-308-3537.

How do I opt for a letter grade?

The deadline to request a letter grade has passed. If you did not submit the form to request a letter grade for a specific course on or before April 30, you will automatically be graded in a Pass/Fail format.

How will it impact my GPA if I stick with Pass/Fail grading?

Pass/Fail grades this semester will have no impact on your GPA. If you stick with the Pass/Fail default, your end of spring GPA will be the same as your GPA from the end of the Fall 2019 semester.

If I am a Student Veteran, how does this impact me?

We recommend that all Student Veterans speak with Micaela Black if you have questions about how Pass/Fail grading may impact you or your Veteran benefits. Please email Micaela at Micaela.Black@va.gov.

As a student in the Nursing program, will a "Pass" grade now meet my program requirements this semester?

Yes, a "Pass" grade will meet your program requirements for nursing this semester, but in order to earn that grade, you will need to meet the same 75% grade that you’ve always had to achieve in the nursing program.

I was hoping to graduate with honors this year. Will "Pass" grades impact that?

No. Graduation honors are determined based on fall grades, so "Pass" grades will not impact your standing at all.

Who can I speak to if I have more questions?

Please speak with an advisor if you have questions. Advising can be reached at advising@ccri.edu or by text at 401-308-3537.

Why did CCRI make this decision?

Students have dealt with a lot of stress and anxiety this semester already. The hope is to ease some of that anxiety and to provide students with additional flexibility as they navigate their educational path.

I have submitted the Letter Grade Request Form, but have changed my mind. What are my options?

The deadline to request a letter grade or request a switch back to Pass/Fail has passed.

How will the Pass/Fail grading policy impact me if I am repeating a course this semester?

This answer depends on the grade that you received in the prior semester for that course:

    • If you are repeating a course from a prior semester in which you had earned a D or an F, a P grade will replace the former D or F. That means that you will earn credit for the P and the old D or F will no longer be part of your prior semester’s credits or GPA calculation or your cumulative GPA calculation.
    • If you are repeating a course from a prior semester in which you had earned an A, B or C, that prior grade will remain on your record and be included in your GPA. You will receive no additional college credit for the P grade because you cannot earn credit twice for the same course.

How does Pass/Fail grading impact the Dean's List? - NEW!

The Dean's List, which includes students in degree program students earning a semester GPA of 3.25 or above with no grade below a C and a minimum of 12 credits earned in the semester (excluding developmental courses), will still be compiled and posted later this spring. Students’ Spring 2020 semester GPAs will be based on letter grades for students who selected letter grades. Students with all "P" grades will not be eligible for the Dean’s list because P grades have no impact on one's GPA.

As a student in a Human Services program, will a "Pass" grade meet my program requirements this semester? - NEW!

Yes, a "Pass" grade will meet your program requirements in all Human Services programs. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Human Services department has agreed that, under the Pass/Fail grading system, students with grades of A through D this semester will receive a grade of “Pass” and will be able to move forward in the program.

I will be applying to the nursing program in the future and I know there are only two attempts for the pre-requisite courses allowed, but I am struggling in one of those pre-requisites this semester. Are there any options for me? - NEW!

Yes, the nursing department will allow students to take a required prerequisite course a third time if one of the first two attempts was during this Spring 2020 semester.

As a student in one of the HARS programs (Allied Health, Dental Health, Rehabilitative Health or Nursing) will a "Pass" grade meet my program requirements this semester? - NEW!

For students in the following programs the minimum passing grade “P” is still a 75 (75–100) and no points will be calculated into the GPA. Students who earn a 74 or less (74.4 for programs that round to the tenth) will receive a COVID-F with no impact on GPA:

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • MRI Certificate
  • Computed Tomography Imaging
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Opticianry
  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Practical Nursing
  • Dental Hygiene

For students in the following programs, the minimum passing grade “P” will remain a 70 (70–100) and no points will be calculated into the GPA. Students who earn a 69 or below will receive a COVID-F with no impact on GPA:

  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Histotechnician
  • Radiography
  • Phlebotomy
  • Renal Dialysis Tech
  • Dental Assisting

Students may choose to receive a letter grade and those grades will be calculated into the GPA. If you are a current HARS student with questions about the implications of selecting a letter grade versus defaulting to P/F, please contact your Department Chairperson.

When will summer registration start?

Registration for both Summer Session I and Summer Session II starts April 13 for all students. Register for Summer classes here. Classes for Summer Session I are scheduled to start on Monday May 18. Classes for Summer Session II are scheduled to start on Monday, June 29. There are no Wait Lists available for Summer Session courses.

Will summer courses be face-to-face or online?

Given the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and the evolving directives and guidance from the Governor and public health officials, we have made the decision to move both Summer Session I and Summer Session II to online and remote only. Summer Session I is scheduled to start Monday, May 18 and  Summer Session II is scheduled to start Monday, June 29.