Sometimes students are prevented from finishing a course in the prescribed time frame because of circumstances beyond their control. If this happens to you, you may be able to request a deferred grade from your instructor.
Who is eligible for grade deferment?
Colleges have different restrictions regarding extensions through grade deferment so you should talk with the instructor of your course.
For information on the University’s deferred grade policy, see the Office of the University Registrar website.
How do I defer a grade?
Directly communicate with and make the request to your instructor prior to the final exam period of the semester. If a grade deferment plan is approved, the instructor has up to 10 weeks from the previous semester’s course end date to post your final grade. It is recommended that students and instructors establish a clear communication and assignment submission plan at the start of the deferred grade time period.
If the course is not completed within the specified time period and a final grade is not posted by the instructor, the Office of the University Registrar will assign a grade of F to your academic record.
How will it affect my graduation?
If your record shows there is a deferred grade, you will not receive your diploma until a grade is posted.
How will it affect my student aid?
Deferring a grade could have an impact on your student aid.
For more information, contact Office of Student Aid.
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