Fall 2020 Pass/Fail Policy FAQs

Fall 2020 Pass/Fail Listening Sessions

Watch the first pass/fail listening session and learn about the upcoming listening session on December 17.

Student and Family Listening Sessions

General Questions

Pass/Fail is a grading system that is typically used for specific courses at UTA. Due to the ongoing, extenuating hardships students have faced as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, UTA has elected to temporarily extend an opt-in pass/fail grading system to select courses that normally carry a letter grade (A, B, C, D, F).

The Temporary Pass/Fail Fall 2020 Grade Policy will allow students to keep their earned letter grade or request the earned letter grade be replaced by a P/F grade for select Fall 2020 courses. Students may choose to elect the P/F option to replace a passing grade (A, B, C, D for undergraduate students; A, B, C for graduate students) with a “Pass” or “P” grade. Because this decision is not reversable and may have short- and long-term consequences related to student progression, financial aid eligibility, and post-graduation plans, students will be required to indicate they have consulted with appropriate campus offices before making a pass/fail election. PLEASE NOTE: In Fall 2020, students may only elect the pass/fail grading for two (2) courses.

Many prerequisite courses that require a minimum letter grade to progress in a program may not be available as part of the Temporary Pass/Fail Fall 2020 Grade Policy. However, because academic programs may share courses or programs may require minimum grades of core curriculum courses, students should consult with their academic advisor before requesting pass/fail. If a minimum grade (A, B, C, etc.) is required in a course in order to progress, choosing pass/fail will require that the course be retaken for a letter grade in a future term.

The full list of Fall 2020 courses available for pass/fail as part of the Temporary Pass/Fail Fall 2020 Grade Policy are posted online. It is important that students consult with their advisors to determine how a pass/fail election may impact progression, financial aid and post-graduation plans.

Electing Pass/Fail for Fall 2020 courses can have short- and long-term consequences related to student progression, financial aid and post-graduation plans. These consequences will vary depending on each student’s unique situation. Financial aid eligibility, including scholarships, can be impacted by electing a pass/fail grading option. After reviewing the list of Fall 2020 courses available for pass/fail, students should consult with their advisor and UTA’s Financial Aid Office (fao@uta.edu) and/or Scholarship Office (schol@uta.edu) to discuss potential impact. Students who request pass/fail grading in Fall 2020 will experience a delay in their academic standing and financial aid eligibly determinations; academic standing and financial aid eligibility will be manually processed and updated in early January 2021 after pass/fail grades are applied.

Electing Pass/Fail for Fall 2020 courses can have short- and long-term consequences related to student progression, financial aid and post-graduation plans. These consequences will vary depending on each student’s unique situation. Academic Standing, including students currently on academic probation, can be impacted by electing a pass/fail grading option. After reviewing the list of Fall 2020 courses available for pass/fail [insert link], students should consult with their advisors to discuss options and scenarios. Students who request pass/fail grading in Fall 2020 will experience a delay in their academic standing and financial aid eligibly determinations; academic standing and financial aid eligibility will be manually processed and updated in early January 2021 after pass/fail grades are applied.

Start by knowing which of your Fall 2020 courses are available for the pass/fail grading option. The full list of Fall 2020 courses, including section numbers and class IDs, available for the Temporary Pass/Fail Fall 2020 Grade Policy is available online. If your class schedule includes any of these courses and you are interested in the pass/fail grading option, consult with your academic advisor and the Financial Aid office (fao@uta.edu) to determine how electing pass/fail may impact your academic standing, degree progression, financial aid eligibility and post-graduation plans.

Students on financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) warning or suspension due to GPA requirements should contact the Financial Aid office (fao@uta.edu) and discuss the impact of a P/F selection. Students who request pass/fail grading in Fall 2020 will experience a delay in their academic standing and financial aid eligibly determinations; academic standing and financial aid eligibility will be manually processed and updated in early January 2021 after pass/fail grades are applied.

Students are encouraged to first review the full list of Fall 2020 courses to determine if courses from your class schedule are eligible. If one or more are and you believe the pass/fail option may be right for you, contact your advisor and make a plan. Developing a plan allows you to make an informed decision when grades post on December 21. The pass/fail request form will be available for only 24 hours after Fall 2020 course grades post.

If the Pass/Fail option is selected for courses that are pre-requisites for upper division classes and require a C or better for progression in the program, those course will need to be retaken by the student in a future term and a letter grade earned.

Courses for which you receive P will count toward your degree plan. However, courses that are pre-requisites and require a C or better to progress will not count towards a degree when graded P/F.

A grade of P does not produce grade points. You still earn credit for a course with a grade of P, but it will not affect your GPA. On the other hand, a grade of F is a failing grade and will affect your GPA.

While Social Work and other professional degrees are able to offer the Pass/Fail grading option, Nursing, Education and others are limited in their ability to offer Pass/Fail due to licensure, admission and other requirements. For example, the Pass/Fail option is not available for pre-nursing, BSN upper division or RN BSN courses because of admission criteria (pre-nursing courses) and progression requirements (upper division BSN and RN BSN courses). Admission criteria for professional health related degrees often use grades earned in required subjects, as well as GPA, in reviewing applications for admission.

How to Request P/F for a Fall 2020 Course

  1. Review the list of classes to see if the course you are considering is eligible for Pass/Fail.
  2. Contact your academic advisor to discuss the Pass/Fail option. Please note: courses that are pre-requisites for another course and require a minimum grade for progression in the program will need to be retaken in a future term to earn the minimum letter grade if you choose the Pass/Fail option in Fall 2020. Also note: in Fall 2020, students may only elect the pass/fail grading for two (2) courses.
  3. If you are using scholarships or financial aid (including veterans benefits), consult with the Office of Financial Aid by emailing fao@uta.edu to see how opting for a Pass/Fail grade may impact your financial aid status.
  4. You must submit the form for each class you are requesting a Pass/Fail grade. The form will be made live and available for 24 hours on December 21 after Fall 2020 grades are posted. All Fall 2020 pass/fail grade requests must be submitted between December 21, 1 p.m. and December 22, 1 p.m.
  5. All submissions are final, once submitted, you cannot revert back to a letter grade.

Graduate Student-Specific Questions

The full list of Fall 2020 courses, including section numbers and class IDs, available for the Temporary Pass/Fail Fall 2020 Grade Policy is available online. Graduate-level courses are included in this list and additional graduate-student specific information on this policy is shared in this FAQ under the section heading PASS FAIL QUESTIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS.