Fresh Start Policy

1.  An undergraduate student who re-enrolls in the university after an absence of two or more consecutive years without enrollment in higher education may request the university to reset the cumulative grade point average and hours earned during the period of previous residency.

2.  All courses taken remain on the permanent record.  Only those courses with grades of A, B, C, D or P are counted for credit.  To preserve the integrity of academic programs, these conditions may apply:  (a) students may not meet a general education requirement with a course in which a "P" was earned; (b) students may be required to retake courses from academic terms covered by Fresh Start if the content-currency or major-GPA rules of a degree program, department or unit so dictate.  Students returning under Fresh Start who are affected by either of the preceding conditions will be notified (at the time of readmission and in writing by the department or unit) of the condition and the additional requirements to be fulfilled in remedying the condition.

3. Financial aid regulations regarding receiving aid for repeat courses will still be administered according to federal regulations.

Financial Aid recipients will still have to adhere to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy administered by the Student Financial Aid Office.  Information regarding the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy can be found on the Student Financial Aid Office website at http://louisville.edu/financialaid/satisfactory-academic-progress-1. Students who are granted a Fresh Start who were previously held for SAP will need to contact the Student Financial Aid Office and will be responsible for submitting required SAP appeal.

4.  The student resumes an academic program with no cumulative grade point average for the period to which the Fresh Start applies.  Courses repeated during the period covered by a Fresh Start will not be counted against the maximum of four such repeats allowed under university policy.

5.  For the purposes of scholastic action and advising the student initially is assigned to the same scholastic standing as when he/she last attended the university. Thereafter, the student is subject to the conditions of probation, suspension and dismissal that govern all students.  All courses taken at the university will be used in the calculation of the cumulative grade point and hour ratio considered for financial aid purposes and graduation with academic honors.

6.  Under the provisions of this rule, a student must be re-enrolled for at least 30 hours before graduation after the Fresh Start has been applied to the academic record.

7.  A student is eligible for only one Fresh Start.

8.  Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from the university are not eligible for Fresh Start.

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Financial Aid recipients can find information on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the Financial Aid website