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Pace Standard

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You’ll need to complete 75% of all credits you attempt at Boise State plus the credits transferred and accepted from other schools you have attended.

Regain Financial Aid Eligibility


You need to enroll in and successfully complete enough credits to meet the 75% Pace standard. Graduation from a first bachelor’s degree program or starting a first graduate degree program will restart the Pace count.

Credits attempted


Credits attempted are defined as all classes for which you receive a passing grade (“D -” or better, or “P”), or an “F,” “I,” “W,” ‘NR,” “CW,” or “IP.” This includes:

  • Regularly enrolled classes
  • Challenge
  • ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • CLEP test
  • Other prior learning credits
  • Reserved credits
  • Transfer credits
  • University excluded credits
  • University excluded credits are counted as withdrawals – attempted, but not completed

Credits completed


Credits completed are defined as all classes for which you receive a passing grade of “D -” or better, or “P”. However, for graduate students with “IP” thesis or dissertation credits, the graduate college considers you to be making satisfactory progress on those attempted credits so they are counted as completed for the purposes of SAP.

Impact of Repeated Courses


Repeated courses count as credits attempted during each term the student is enrolled in the course; however, they will be counted once as credits completed the first time a passing grade is received for the course. This includes accepted transferred classes being repeated at Boise State.

Failing a repeated class that you previously passed results in a total of 0 credits completed for both terms that you enrolled in the class. For example, you took a 4-credit course, passed it and received 4 /4 attempted credits (100%). Then you retake the course and fail it. Your new Pace percentage for that course is 0/8 attempted credits (0%).

Credits Excluded from the Pace Calculation



Remedial credits (MATH 25, ENGL 90, etc.) will not be counted as credits attempted or completed. The exception is that if you are on financial aid probation or academic plan for an approved appeal, you must complete 100% of ALL attempted courses, including remedial credits.

Audit credits do not count as credits attempted or completed.