The regular deadline for students to select the pass/no pass (P/NP) grade option for eligible full-term courses is the 30% mark of the course. Deadlines for short-term courses may vary.
UPDATE for FALL 2021
Executive Order 2021-01 suspends title 5, Section 55022(a)(2), and allows colleges to extend the pass/no pass deadline to the 75% mark of the term in session. The Executive Order is scheduled to sunset December 2021. Based on the suspension, the following applies when requesting the P/NP grade option for fall 2021:
- The deadline to request a P/NP grade option for Fall 2021 semester is Thursday, November 18, 2021.
- P/NP deadline for short-term courses may vary.
- P/NP deadlines can found on the Calendars and Important Dates web page.
- Check your courses' syllabi or the college catalog to determine if you can take a course P/NP. Not all courses are eligible for a P/NP grade option.
- A request for the P/NP grade option is final. A reversal to a letter grade after the P/NP request is submitted will not be allowed.
- Pass/No Pass Grade Option Request form
You are highly-encouraged to meet with a counselor prior to submitting their P/NP request form. You can drop in to speak with a counselor or schedule a counseling appointment on their page.
Important points to consider before electing to submit a P/NP request form:
- Transferability of courses with a "P" grade differs depending on the university, major, and course.
- Students may want to compare the benefits of dropping a course versus attempting a "P" grade.
- A “P” is equivalent to a C or better. P/NP grades are not used in GPA calculations.
- Taking a course for P/NP could have important implications for future graduate school admissions. Graduate schools may have prerequisites that require letter grading.
- A NP grade mark does not earn course units. If you receive a NP grade, your financial aid eligibility can be impacted in the following ways: affect your academic probationary status if you fall below minimum units; could affect the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) calculation, which determines your eligibility for future financial aid.
- Veterans who receive financial assistance may have a strong motivation to take classes for a letter grade, as the receipt of a grade such as a “NP” can retroactively affect financial aid. These are complex issues and students should consult closely with the VALOR program.
How do I change my grading option?
You need to submit the updated Pass/No Pass Grade Option Request form.
Will taking a class for P/NP impact my GPA?
P/NP grades are not factored into the GPA calculation.
Will taking a class for P/NP impact my time to graduation?
That depends on whether a letter grade in the class is required by your major or college. Additionally, courses in which you receive an “NP” grade yield no units toward graduation.
Students whose grade mode has changed to P/NP will appear on your grading roster at the end of the term.