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Considerations for Students Before Choosing P/NP
- What resources are available to help me make a decision?
Advisers and college Student Services Offices can answer questions related to this temporary policy. And, the Office of the Registrar has an online GPA calculator <https://www.registrar.iastate.edu/students/gpa-calc> that many students find useful.
- Is there any downside to using this policy?
- Possibly. Students who intend to apply to post-graduate programs should discuss the potential impact of P/NP designations on their application for graduate and professional programs with their adviser. For example, some programs require a certain GPA in designated courses or programs of study.
- Students on Financial Aid should consult with the Office of Student Financial Aid to determine whether there are any limits on the number of P/NP courses that they may select without endangering their financial aid award.
- Students who are participating in our ROTC programs should consult their ROTC Adviser before making a change as the policies on accepting P/NP courses differ by service. Some services will not allow you to select the option for certain courses. In addition, selecting the P/NP option may impact your future career opportunities.
- Sponsored students should check with their program about the requirements of their sponsorship before deciding to choose the P/NP grading designation.
- High school students enrolled in college-level coursework (PSEO students) are strongly encouraged to talk with their guidance counselor and/or academic adviser before deciding whether they designate a course(s) as P/NP.
- Will my instructor be notified about my selection?
No. Instructors will assign letter grades (A-F, I, R) as usual and submit those to the Office of the Registrar following the standard grade submission process. For each course that a student has designated as P/NP, the Registrar’s Office will convert the letter grade to a P or NP. Please note that it will take a few days to process all of the changes that were requested during the May 13-19 election period. Changes will be viewable to students on the morning of May 22.
- Will choosing the P/NP option impact my ISU or external scholarships that have a GPA requirement?
Grades of P and NP are not factored into a student’s grade point average (GPA). The temporary P/NP policy will not affect the status of ISU scholarships. Students should consult with external scholarship providers to determine if there are implications to selection P/NP grading.
- What happens if I need to submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal for financial aid?
Because SAP is a federal regulation, our Office of Student Financial Aid is waiting on guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on how to handle these situations.