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Titans Return: COVID-19 Recovery

To limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus, see the University’s COVID-19 Mitigation Measures & Guidelines (Presidential Directive No. 21).  View the full directive.

Credit/No-Credit Grading Basis for CSUF Students

IMPORTANT NOTE TO OUR TITAN STUDENTS: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, you will have a choice of the type of grade (grading basis) to select for your spring 2020 courses. You can either choose the letter grade you earn for the course (A – through F type grades) – OR – the Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) equivalent to the letter grade (If you were in enrolled in courses that only offer CR/NC, that will be the only grading basis for those courses.) The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) are designed to help you learn more about the spring 2020 grading basis process and to provide guidance to help you make the best choices! 

PLEASE THOROUGHLY READ THROUGH ALL OF THE FOLLOWING FAQs — before you choose, you need to be aware of a number of letter grade vs. CR/NC consequences; some may or may not be beneficial to you.

Opting for CR/NC grades can have numerous effects, based on your student status (such as veterans, financial aid benefits, academic probation, repeating a course to improve a prior grade, re-entry students in Extended Education, student-athletes, pre-licensure or credential programs, post-baccalaureate programs to prepare for a professional school, etc.), so the best choice requires careful consideration and advisement.

You will have from May 22nd to June 1st at 11:59 p.m. to decide if you want to change letter grades to the CR/NC grade equivalent. The CR/NC Grading Option Student User Guide (click link) describes the process in detail. CHECK BEFORE YOU CHOOSE!

General Grading Basis Questions

What is grading basis?

Can I choose either the letter grade or CR/NC grade option for my classes?

How do I opt for the letter grade or CR/NC grade option?

How will CR/NC grades affect my GPA?

Can I change my mind about my option choice after the spring 2020 semester?

I heard there were some student groups who can’t or shouldn’t take CR/NC grades. Am I in one of those groups?

What about courses that are prerequisites for other courses?

What grades are required for the General Education (GE) “Golden Four” courses?

What should I consider if I want to choose CR/NC grades for the GE “Golden Four” courses?

What grades are required for other GE courses (not GE “Golden Four” courses)?

I’m thinking about graduate school/medical school/pharmacy school, etc. Does the grading basis matter for that?

I’m on the Dean’s List (or trying to use grades this semester to get on the Dean’s List). How do CR/NC grades affect this?

I’m am graduating with honors. How do CR/NC grades affect this?

I’m in a program that is leading to a license or has clinical requirements. Can I change to CR/NC?

I’m in a blended or integrated teacher education program (Liberal Studies ITEP/English FYI and JYI/Math FYI and JYI). Can I take courses for CR/NC grades?

I’m in a subject matter waiver program leading to a credential. Can I take courses for CR/NC grades?

What about if I have financial aid?

I’m on academic probation. Can I change grading status?

My GPAs will probably meet academic disqualification (DQ) at the end of the spring 2020 semester. How does the COVID-19 crisis affect my admitted status for fall 2020?

Can I change grading basis to CR/NC for my spring 2020 classes if I am going to meet DQ at the end of spring 2020 semester?

Can I ask for a grade of Incomplete?

How will my academic record distinguish the unforeseen disruptions to the spring 2020 semester caused by COVID-19?

What should I know if I want to withdraw for the spring 2020 semester?

How many total CR grades can I get toward my degree plan?

Can a CR grade satisfy the Standards in Upper Division or Graduate Writing requirement?

Unit-Specific Questions

Academic Advising

Are letter grades required for certain courses in particular majors? Will that be waived this semester?

What other advisement factors should I consider?

How do I opt for the letter grade or CR/NC grade option?

Who should I contact for more information?

Athletics

As a student-athlete, what are some of the impacts of CR/NC grade options that I should consider?

How do I opt for the letter grade or CR/NC grade option?

Who should I contact for more information?

EOP

I am an EOP student. Who should I contact?

Financial Aid

I really need better understand the impact of CR/NC grades on my financial aid eligibility. What other information should I consider?

How do I opt for the letter grade or CR/NC grade option?

Who should I contact for more information?

International Programs

I am an international student. What special details should I be aware of?

How do I opt for the letter grade or CR/NC grade option?

Who should I contact for more information?

Open University/EIP

What if I am enrolled in a program through Open University?

What if I am enrolled in credit programs offered through Extension and International Programs?

How do I opt for the letter grade or CR/NC grade option?

Who should I contact for more information?

Veterans Resource Center

What if I am a veteran or eligible for veterans’ benefits?

How do I opt for the letter grade or CR/NC grade option?

Who should I contact for more information?