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COVID-19 Alternative Grading Option

 ​To provide students with greater flexibility following the move to remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, KCC is offering alternative grading options to all Summer 2020 courses. 

Students enrolled in 6-week courses will have until July 3, 2020 to petition for a withdrawal or to request a pass / fail for a course(s).  Students enrolled in 8-week courses will have until July 17, 2020 to petition for a withdrawal or to request a pass / fail for a course(s).​  

Please submit your request to Enrollment Services. You will receive a confirmation email to your KCC student account once your request is  processed.​


Financial Aid and advising considerations

If you are receiving financial aid (grants or loans), you should consider both academic progress and financial aid eligibility when making an important decision to change your grade to pass/fail (S/F) or withdraw (W). 

Student Scenario:

Academic advising response:

Financial Aid response:

I want to withdr​aw from my class(es):

 

 

  • After th​​​e refund date, you will get a ​​grade of “W.” This avoids a failing grade and negative impact on your academic GPA.
  • Withdrawing from a course means you are able to register to take the class over again. However, this​ may delay you from moving on to a higher sequenced course or could change your Master Academic Plan.

 

 

  • A “W” grade will lower your Completion Rate. A potential result is Financial Aid Warning or Suspension. 
  • If you do not successfully complete (“D” or higher) at least one course for the semester, you may be responsible for repaying     financial aid funds.

 

 

I want to have my grade(s) changed to a pass/fail:

 

 

 

  • Pass/fail grades do not affect the semester or cumulative GPA at KCC.
  • Changing your final grade to a pass/fail could have long term effects on your academic career. Please review the chart below to see if this option is right for you.

 

 

 

  • If your Financial Aid Academic Progress is in ‘good standing,’ an “S” passing grade will not impact your financial aid. However, if you have an “F” failing grade, it could impact your Financial Aid.
  • If your Financial Aid Academic Progress is ‘warning, cancellation, or appeal approved,’ a pass/fail grade may not be a good option since it may be necessary to raise the GPA over 2.0.

 

I just failed a course:

 

  • Failing a course lowers your overall academic GPA. 
  • Potential results of failed courses are: Academic Warning or Suspension, or not being accepted into a program of study.
  • With the extension of the deadline to withdraw, you may want to consider taking this option to avoid lowering your GPA.

 

 

  • A failed course will lower your financial aid GPA and your     Completion Rate. A potential result is Financial Aid Warning or     Suspension. 
  • If you do not successfully complete (“D” or higher) at least one course for the semester, you may be responsible for repaying financial aid funds.

 

 

Considering changing to pass/fail grade?

A ‘pass’ grade will be the equivalent to an ‘A, B, or C’ standard letter grade. A ‘fail’ grade (D, F) will be the equivalent to an ‘F’ standard letter grade. Pass/fail grades will appear on academic transcripts. 

Key Considerations:

Pass/fail may be a good option for you if...

Pass/Fail may NOT be a good option if you:

Pass/fail grades do not affect the semester or cumulative GPA at KCC.

 

You believe a​​ standard letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F) might drop your GPA

Believe a standard letter grade (A, B, C, F, or F) will help raise your GPA.

Pass/fail grades may or may not transfer to a four-year institution.

You are certain of transferring to a four-year institution that participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI ), or to a private four-year institution that accepts IAI general education courses.

IAI institutions have agreed to accept pass/fail grades for general education IAI courses for the Spring 2020 semester. IAI major courses are not part of this agreement.

Are unsure of your transfer plans. Contact potential transfer institutions to verify that pass/fail grading will be accepted. Get the  response in writing. Acceptance of IAI major courses taken as pass/fail varies by institution.

Pass/fail grades may impact your ability to enroll in a competitive, limited enrollment program or professional degree program (e.g., health careers, engineering, and law).

Are not planning to apply to a competitive, limited enrollment program or professional degree program (e.g., health careers, engineering, and law).

Plan to apply to a competitive, limited enrollment program or professional degree program (e.g., health careers, engineering, and law).

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