Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated by determining the total point value of your letter grade and dividing by the number of credits attempted. Failing grades do not earn points, but the attempted credits are included in GPA calculations.We explain the math below, but you can also check out the Cougar Success GPA calculator.
A recent revision to federal financial aid regulations allows for COVID-19 related Incompletes to hold students harmless for SAP and ease the burden for Financial Aid. In order to implement this, a new grade was created to allow for tracking, the IC, defined as Incomplete COVID-19. Students may be given the IC grade when they indicate the reason for the incomplete is COVID-19 related. Reasons may include child-care responsibilities, caring for self or family member illness, lack of access to technology or internet, death of a family member, housing disruptions related to a COVID-19 move, and other significant life events. Instructors will need to complete the Incomplete Grade Agreement. Department Coordinators were emailed complete instructions on May 4, 2020.
No Record, COVID-19 Grade (NRC): Fall 2020/Spring 2021 only
Section 3509 of the CARES Act allows institutions to exclude from the quantitative component (pace measurement) of satisfactory academic progress (SAP) attempted credits a student was unable to complete as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency. It is not necessary for a student to have file a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal for an institution to exercise this flexibility. However, to exclude attempted credits from SAP, an institution must have reasonably determined that the student's failure to complete those credits was the result of a COVID-19 related circumstance. Allowable circumstances include, but are not limited to, illness of the student or family member, need to become a caregiver or first responder, economic hardship, added work hours, loss of childcare, inability to continue with classes via distance education, inability to access wi-fi due to closed facilities. If an institution temporarily ceases operations during a period of enrollment, attempted credits for all affected students (specific to that enrollment period) may be excluded.