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Comprehensive GPA Standard

Your financial aid eligibility is based on your comprehensive GPA, which is different than your cumulative GPA.

First undergraduate students must maintain the following minimum comprehensive GPA levels

Total Number of Credits Completed Minimum Comprehensive GPA
0 – 25 1.75
26 or more 2.0

  • Second undergraduate students need to maintain a minimum 2.0 comprehensive GPA
  • Graduate students need to maintain a minimum 3.0 comprehensive GPA

Regain Financial Aid Eligibility


In order to regain your financial aid eligibility for the minimum comprehensive GPA standard, you need to enroll in and complete enough credits to increase your comprehensive GPA to the minimum levels described in this section.

Credits included in the comprehensive GPA calculation



All of the grades you receive are included in the calculation.  This includes:
  • Remedial credits
  • Repeated courses
  • Transfer grades accepted by Boise State
  • Challenge courses
  • Reserved classes
  • Classes affected by Boise State’s policy on grade exclusion

Audit credits and incompletes are not included in the comprehensive GPA calculation.

Courses in which a student receives a grade of either Pass/Fail (including ESL) or Complete Withdrawal are counted in certain circumstances.

Complete Withdrawals (CW)


If you withdraw from all classes during a semester, the grades will all be reported as CW and your term GPA will be calculated as a 0 GPA. Your overall comprehensive GPA will include the CW semester credits as 0.0 if it is the only term you have attended and you have no transfer credits. If you have attended previously and/or have transfer credits from another institution, the overall comprehensive GPA will be calculated without the CW semester credits.

Pass/Fail (P/F) courses:


Pass/Fail courses are generally calculated in your comprehensive GPA, in the same manner the Registrar’s office calculates the Boise State cumulative GPA. Passing courses are not counted in the GPA in most instances and Failing courses are included in the GPA calculation. For any other regularly graded courses (non-P/F), a failing grade in a P/F course is calculated into the GPA while a passing grade in a P/F course is not included.

If you have only P/F classes, the term/comprehensive GPA will be calculated in the following manner:

  • If you receive all passing grades, term GPA equals 3.0
  • If you receive any failing grade, term GPA equals 0.0

Once you receive a grade in a regularly graded course (non P/F), the normal comprehensive GPA calculation will be used, as explained above.

P/F classes listed as CNV on your transcript (grades reported prior to 1999) are calculated differently; passing grades will be included in the comprehensive GPA as a 3.0, even ifyou have other regularly graded courses.