Credit/No Credit Fall 2020

What is the Fall 2020 deadline to change a course to credit/no credit?

Deadlines for changing a Fall 2020 course to credit/no credit are listed on the academic calendar. We strongly encourage you to make your desired changes well before the deadline to allow time to troubleshoot any issues you may encounter invoking the change. If you do encounter issues while trying to change your grade option, please email the Office of the University Registrar ( even if it is after hours.

What course(s) can I take credit/no credit in Fall 2020?

Undergraduate level courses - Any undergraduate course that is approved by the University for credit/no credit grading, which includes most undergraduate courses for Fall 2020.

Graduate level courses - Only those courses normally approved by the Graduate School to be taken credit/no credit.

There are undergraduate and graduate level courses that are not approved for credit/no credit grading, e.g. pass/fail courses, and the option is not available for those courses.

What grade must be earned to receive credit in a credit/no credit course?

Undergraduate courses require a minimum grade of D- to earn credit.
Graduate courses require a minimum grade of B to earn credit.
Credit is denoted with a grade of ‘X’; no credit is denoted with a grade of ‘Y’.

How do I change a course to credit/no credit or standard letter grade?

  1. Log in to BannerWeb
  2. Select “Student Services & Financial Aid”
  3. Select “Registration”
  4. Select “Change Class Options”
  5. Select Fall 2020 term and click “Submit”
  6. All Fall 2020 courses you are registered for display. The grade option/mode will have a drop down menu for selection if the course is eligible. If there is no drop down menu for grade option/mode, the course is not eligible.
  7. Once you select the grade option/mode for the course, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click “Submit Changes” to record your selection.
  8. Select “Add or Drop Classes” at the bottom middle of the page to return to a view of your current schedule and confirm your recorded selection(s) under the “Grade Mode” column.

How can I be sure the change I made to the grade option for my course is recorded?

On the example below look at ENG 383 to see how a course looks before and after a change is recorded.

Before change: 

Screenshot of a current schedule with a class listed as "standard letter" under Grade Mode. 

After change: 

Screenshot of a current schedule with a class listed as "credit/no credit" under Grade Mode.

Can I change my course grade option if I have an active registration hold?

No. You must first clear any active registration holds before you can change a course grade option. View the Holds on Student Accounts page for information on how to check if you have a hold that prevents registration and how to resolve holds. Also, be aware that it may take time for you to resolve your hold so allow ample time to resolve your hold before the grade change option deadline.

How do credit/no credit courses impact my GPA?

Courses taken credit/no credit count toward earned hours but are excluded from the grade point average (GPA) calculation, so they neither harm nor help a grade point average.
Undergraduate students on academic probation who take all Fall 2020 semester classes credit/no credit will not have a term gpa and thus will remain on academic probation.

How will undergraduate courses taken credit/no credit in Fall 2020 count toward grade and degree requirements?

Undergraduate courses taken credit/no credit in Fall 2020 will not be included in the undergraduate 10% limitation of total credit hours earned at Miami that can be taken credit/no credit and count toward an undergraduate degree. Undergraduate courses taken credit/no credit in Fall 2020 will satisfy any Miami Plan, divisional, major, major related hours, co-major, and minor requirement.

Freshmen students may take undergraduate courses credit/no credit regardless of the number of graded hours taken concurrently.

Undergraduate students on academic warning and probation may take courses credit/no credit.

My GPA will be under the required 2.0 in my overall GPA, major GPA, minor GPA, etc. for graduation. Will there be an exception to the GPA requirement if I take a class credit/no credit in Fall 2020?

No, minimum GPAs must still be met for graduation. If you have any questions, contact your advisor.

How do credit/no credit courses factor into Deans’/President’s list and Latin Honors eligibility?

Courses taken credit/no credit do not factor into GPA and thus do not count toward Deans’/President’s list or Latin Honors eligibility. The normal requirements for Deans’/President’s list eligibility and Latin Honors remain in effect for Fall 2020, including the requirement that you be enrolled for at least 12 or more hours attempted for grades (A+ through F).

I am enrolled in a class that requires a minimum grade as a prerequisite to move on to the subsequent course. If I change my course to credit/no credit, how will this be handled?

Course prerequisites remain in effect. If your prerequisite course is currently in progress, you will be able to register for the subsequent course if all other requirements are met. After Fall semester ends, departments will be able to determine if a student has met the minimum grade requirement to continue in the next course. If you have additional questions regarding prerequisites please speak with an advisor.

For example, MTH 251 requires a grade of C or better in MTH 151. Departments will check the letter grade earned in a credit/no credit course to ensure the minimum grade is achieved.

What if I change my mind after I select the credit/no credit option?

You can change your course grade option (credit/no credit or letter grade) as many times as you wish in Bannerweb through 11:59 PM on Monday, November 30. After that time, the grade option is locked in and cannot be changed. If you make changes to your course grade options it is imperative you review each change after making it in BannerWeb to ensure that the change was successful.

Can I apply the course repeat policy to a course taken credit/no credit?

No, the course repeat policy can only be applied to courses taken and repeated for standard letter grade.

I withdrew from a class without considering the credit/no credit option. Can I get back into the class?

Your instructor will determine whether you missed too much material to be successful in the course. If your instructor approves your return into the class, they will email the Registrar to have you added back into the course.

Will taking a course credit/no credit impact my financial aid?

Courses taken credit/no credit are eligible for federal financial aid, however, because they do not factor into grade point averages, students with Satisfactory Academic Progress concerns may wish to consult with a One Stop staff member. Students receiving veterans education benefits may also wish to consult with a One Stop staff member regarding the impact of credit/no credit coursework on aid eligibility.

If I want to apply to graduate/professional school or pursue certain careers, should I take any credit/no credit courses this Fall?

Typically, students who wish to pursue graduate/professional school or certain careers after graduation are cautioned against taking credit/no-credit courses because feedback has shown that credit/no-credit grades on your academic record may be a negative factor in the evaluation of your application for admission or employment by most professional schools (law, medicine, etc.), by many graduate schools, and by some employers and undergraduate schools.

Fall 2020, however, is an atypical semester and many colleges and universities are allowing students to exercise this option more freely than would normally occur. We do not know how all graduate/professional programs and employers will choose to evaluate credit/no credit courses taken in Fall 2020. It is quite likely that these programs/employers are currently considering how they will review Fall 2020 in the months and years ahead.

The Mallory-Wilson Center for Health Education offers information on credit/no credit here for students who may be considering health related graduate/professional programs or careers. The Sue J. Henry Center for Pre-Law Education offers information on credit/no credit and other topics here for students who may be considering law related graduate/professional programs or careers.

If you are considering a graduate/professional program or career where you think this could have an impact on your opportunities for success, we encourage you to explore your credit/no-credit questions with the college/university programs or employers in which you are interested.

Can I still relocate to Oxford if I change a course to credit/no credit and do not have 16 graded hours?

No. The requirements to relocate to the Oxford campus remain in effect. You must have 16 graded credit hours earned at Miami University in 100+ level courses and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. The 16 graded hours cannot include post-secondary work, College Credit Plus course work, AP, CLEP, transfer credit, or credit/no credit coursework. More information can be found on the Taking Courses on Another Miami Campus page.

I am a College Credit Plus student. Am I allowed to take classes credit/no credit in Fall 2020?

CCP students should speak with a high school counselor on this topic.