The Fresh Start Policy allows students who have not attended college for a period of two or more years and who have a poor academic record to refresh their Grade Point Average (GPA) and develop a more favorable academic record.  Students accepted for enrollment under Fresh Start will return in the status of academic probation.

All grades previously earned will remain on the student’s transcript.  The semesters for which Fresh Start is invoked will include a transcript symbol indicating that the policy is in effect.  The original GPA will not be included in any subsequent computation of the new GPA.  In accordance with the system policy on transfer grades, if the Fresh Start option is approved, the student will receive credit for courses with a grade of “C-“ or above, including “P” (Pass).  Keep in mind:

  • The Fresh Start option can be used only once
  • The Fresh Start option does not apply to any completed degree or certificate
  • A student must complete a minimum of 15 credits after returning to college under the Fresh Start option to be eligible for a degree or certificate, and for graduation honors