Actions by the Florida Legislature have required state supported colleges to implement rules affecting tuition and fees you might be required to pay, and how many times you will be allowed to take the same course. You need to be aware of these rules so you can avoid higher costs or problems with your grade point average. If you have experienced extenuating circumstances (such as a serious illness or the death of an immediate family member) that has affected your attendance or performance in your course(s), you may want to investigate the possibility of an academic Appeal. List of appeals and requirements can be found here.
Students are not permitted to repeat courses in which a grade of "C" or better was earned. This includes a grade of "C" or better transferred in from another institution. See the Course Repeat policy for further information.
Maximum Attempts for Full Cost of Instruction in Each Course
Third Attempt: Effective July 1, 1997, the Florida Legislature passed House Bill 1545 which requires that students enrolled in the same undergraduate college-credit course or college-preparatory course more than two times shall pay fees at 100 percent of the full cost of instruction. (For purposes of this assessment, the Florida Legislature considers 100 percent of the full cost of instruction to be equal to the non-Florida resident fee, which is not subsidized by state monies).
In order to administer this requirement, colleges in Florida began "counting" student attempts beginning with the Fall 1997 term, regardless of the number of previous attempts.
Completed courses, withdrawals and courses with incomplete grades are counted as “attempts,” including courses repeated to raise the GPA or to achieve a specific grade.
An appeal for fee reduction may be granted by the Academic Appeals Committee, for documented cases of extenuating circumstances or financial hardship. A student appealing for a third attempt fee reduction is required to explain, with a typed letter attached to the 3rd attempt appeal form, why he or she was unsuccessful in the first and second attempts at the course. Poor use of one’s opportunities in former attempts or poor planning on the student’s part will not be considered valid reasons to grant fee reduction.
Upon the third attempt, the student will not be permitted to withdraw and will receive a grade for that course.
Fourth Attempt: Students are permitted to appeal to retake a course a fourth time if they were unsuccessful during their third attempt due to major extenuating circumstances. Students must be assessed the full cost of instruction* on the fourth attempt. There are no appeals to reduce the full cost assessment on the fourth attempt and students are not permitted to withdraw. All grades from the third and subsequent attempts will be calculated in the student’s grade point average.
A fifth attempt is not allowed under any circumstances.
*The full cost assessment is the equivalent to non-resident tuition charges which are four times the FL Resident tuition rate. Additional fee information is available in the financial information section of the catalog, under Tuition, Fees and Refunds heading.
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