Pass/Fail Grade FAQ

Pass/Fail Questions for Undergraduate Students

Yes, you can choose a letter grade and not opt for the pass/fail (P/F) option.

No, students who elect to choose a course be graded Pass/Fail have until May 22 to make that election. Grades for the spring semester will post on May 20 and students will have two days after grades post to elect to change their grades from letter grade to Pass/Fail for eligible courses.

Yes. The drop deadline has been extended to April 28. Students can complete the drop form according to their college/school policies but students should talk to their advisor to explore the implications of dropping a course on financial aid, scholarships, prerequisites for the major, etc.

The following procedure has been set by the University:

  1. Please 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 C or better for progression in the program will need to be retaken by the student if the Pass/Fail option was elected at a future time and a letter grade earned.
  3. If you are using financial aid (including veterans benefits), consult with the Office of Financial Aid by emailing fao@uta.edu to see if opting for a Pass/Fail grade will impact your financial aid status.
  4. You must submit the form for each class you are requesting a Pass/Fail grade. The form is available here and the deadline to submit a request is May 22.
  5. All submissions are final, once submitted, you cannot revert back to a letter grade.

The decision on which classes would be eligible for Pass/Fail option would be the decision of each college/school curriculum committee and a list of eligible courses will be provided. At the undergraduate level, courses with grades of A,B,C and D would be eligible for a Pass grade.

Courses that are pre-requisites for upper division classes and require a C or better for progression in the program will need to be retaken by the student if the Pass/Fail option was elected at a future time and a letter grade earned.

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

Students on financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) warning or suspension due to GPA requirements should contact the Financial Aid office and discuss the impact of a P/F selection.

There may be long-term implications, and students should consult their advisors for additional information.

Courses for which you receive P/F 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.

You will not improve your GPA if you choose the P/F option because P grades are not calculated in your GPA. On the other hand, a grade of F is a failing grade and will affect your GPA.

Please consult with your instructor and academic advisor because this may impact your degree requirements and future plans.

The letter grade will replaced with a Pass or Fail grade on your record the first week of June.

Pass/Fail Questions for Graduate Students

The decision on which classes would be eligible for Pass/Fail option would be the decision of each Graduate Studies Committee and a list of eligible courses will be provided. At the graduate level, courses with grades of A,B,C would be eligible for a Pass grade. Courses that are pre-requisites and require a B or better for progression in the program will need to be retaken by the student if the Pass/Fail option was elected at a future time and a letter grade earned.

Reach out to your instructor and advisor to get additional information. They will help you make the correct decision.

Yes. Students may choose the P/F grading on a course-by-course basis for spring 2020. They need to consult with the graduate advisor of the program for more advice on the options available for them.

Yes, as long the TA/RAs keep their full load and keep the overall GPA requirement of 3.0 or better. The P/F switch will not change the GPA unless they receive a D or an F or if they are placed on probation, which will affect their status.

The University Catalog lists all the grades and grading policies.

The Graduate Studies Committee for each program will decide which courses are eligible for the P/F option, and the course grading will follow the policy for graduate students.

Request a Pass/Fail Grade

You must submit the form for each class you are requesting a Pass/Fail grade. The deadline to submit a request is May 22.

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Pass/Fail Course Lists

Check to see if a course is eligible for Pass/Fail grading.
Pass/Fail Eligible Courses

Feedback and Questions

Let us know if you have questions or feedback regarding the Pass/Fail policy, drop date extension or other changes related to COVID-19 during spring 2020.

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