What is the difference between 'W' and 'NS' grades?
A “W” grade is a **student initiated** withdrawal (This means that the student dropped the class on or after the Date of Record.)
The “NS” is **faculty initiated** and indicates that, in their judgment, they have not had sufficient instructional contact with a student.
These grades will not affect your GPA; however, both DO affect [SAP] and perhaps future financial aid eligibility.
In addition to SAP, know that financial aid may not pay for a repeated course.
**A new federal regulation limits the number of times a student may repeat a course and receive financial aid for that course.**
- A student may receive aid when repeating a course that was previously failed (received a U, 0.0 or NS), regardless of the number of times the course was attempted and failed.
- A student may receive aid to repeat a previously passed course one additional time.
- Once a student has completed any course twice with a passing grade, he/she is no longer eligible to receive aid for that course.
- If a student retakes a course that is not aid eligible, a recalculation of aid is done to exclude the credits for the repeated course.
- This rule applies whether or not the student received aid for earlier enrollments in the course.
- Students must also adhere to Mott's Repeated Courses Policy
Federal regulations specify that students may not receive aid for repeating courses previously passed twice, even if the student is required to retake those courses as part of their program of study.
Example 1: Student is in MATH 021 for the first time and is considering dropping the class. They will be able to take MATH 021 one more time and financial aid will pay.
Example 2: Student is in ENG 101 for the 2nd time and is considering dropping the class. Financial aid will not pay for any more attempts of this class.