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There is no limit on the number of attempts allowable for a student to repeat a course, as long as he/she does not receive a passing grade in any of the previously repeated courses.

However, there are consequences. Contact your advisor and carefully consider your options before choosing to retake a course. Read the policies below to see how retaking a class could affect you.

These policies are maintained separate from the Grade Forgiveness policy. Students should consider the forgiveness policy as well when retaking classes.


Repeat Course Surcharge

  • What is the repeat course surcharge?

    The repeat course surcharge is a fee assessment given to undergraduate courses numbered 1000-4999 taken three or more times at Florida International University. Courses taken in the Fall 1997 term and subsequently thereafter are subject to the repeat course surcharge.

  • How did this rule come about?

    In the Fall of 1998, the State Legislature mandated these fees under Florida Statute 240.124 and Florida Administrative Code Rule 6C-7.001.

  • Why did they implement this surcharge?

    The purpose of this surcharge is to prevent students from repeating courses unnecessarily. Please note that a course may be taken twice only without being subject to this surcharge. All students taking undergraduate courses, regardless of classification or residency status, will be assessed the fee.

  • What if I drop/withdraw from the course?

    If the course is dropped/withdrawn after the official “add/drop” period for the term (notated as a “DR” or “WI” on the academic transcript), it is considered a repeated course.

  • Are there any exceptions to this rule?

    Certain exceptions are permitted, such as:

    • Any coursework taken prior to Fall 1997
      • Credits earned through: cooperative education, military (course with prefixes AFR and MSL), waivers, audits, and individual study (courses with numbers X900-X999)
    • Courses that are repeated as a requirement of a major (except courses repeated more times to increase GPA or meet minimum course grade requirements)
    • Courses identified as repeatable (to the limited allowed)
    • Courses designed to take multiple semesters to complete
    • Courses taken at previous institutions prior to enrolling at FIU
    • Any non-fee liable withdrawal or dropped course
    • Graduate level courses (courses numbered 5000 level or above)
  • Can this fee be appealed?

    The fee can be appealed. Effective Summer 2000, Universities may make exceptions based on extenuating circumstances and financial hardships. Students wishing to appeal the repeat course surcharge may complete a 'Repeat Charge Appeal' by logging into the MyFIU. Follow instructions to Appeal a Surcharge.


Effects on Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid Repeat Course Policy

Students may only receive federal financial aid for 1 repetition of a previously passed course.

In order for a repeated course to count toward your financial aid enrollment status, students may only repeat a previously passed course once (a total of 2 attempts).

Federal financial aid requires minimum enrollment (usually full-time) in classes per semester or academic year. 

Examples of Repeated Course Eligibility for Financial Aid*
Senario1st Attempt2nd Attempt3rd AttemptIs class financial aid eligible
for enrolled semester?
Course 1FDEnrolledYes
Course 2CEnrolled-Yes
Course 3DCEnrolledNo
Course 4DFEnrolledNo
Course 5DRFEnrolledYes
Course 6DDREnrolledYes
Course 7DREnrolled-Yes

*Credit to Boise State University

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Consider how retaking classes may affect your GPA and pace as it relates to Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

Changes in federal regulations (34 CFR Section 668.2) now require that the  Financial Aid Office monitor and adjust a student’s enrollment level for Title IV aid if, or when, they repeat course work for credit that they have already earned. Students can retake courses and receive federal aid if they had previously failed a course, but can only receive financial aid one more time for a course that has been previously passed. A passing grade is defined as D- or better.

Please note that the repeat course policy for financial aid is separate from institutional academic polices regarding repeat courses. Regardless of the grade received, courses are not eligible to be covered by financial aid after a 2nd attempt has been made for a course that has at any time previously earned a passing grade.


Appeal a Surcharge

  1. Login to MyFIU. See Access MyFIU for help.
  2. Select the 'Academic Records' tile.
  3. Select the 'Repeat Surcharge Appeal' option from the menu on the left.
  4. Under the 'Repeat Course Appeal Information' section, click on 'Select Course ID.'
  5. Under the 'Eligible Courses for Repeat Charge' section, select the course from the list by checking the box for which you would like to appeal the surcharge (repeat this step to appeal for multiple courses).
  6. Once the course has been selected, click on 'Process and Return to Appeals Page.'
  7. A box will appear titled 'Basis for Appeal is Required,' click 'OK.'
  8. Under the 'Repeat Course Appeal Information' section, you must provide a reason for appealing the surcharge. The field has a limited character count, so make your description short. You can add a full written or typed statement as an attachment in step 10.
  9. Click 'SAVE' button at the bottom of the page.
  10. Under 'Supporting Documents' section, click 'Add' to upload your supporting documentation.
Last updated: February 14, 2019