Credit/No Credit Grade Reporting Option

Previous CR-NC Policy

The current CR-NC policy allows a student to select any elective course to be CR-NC on their transcript by requesting the grading option with the Office of the Registrar by the fifth day of the class. Selecting the option of CR-NC will result in the course grade not being factored into a student’s GPA calculation.

 

New CR-NC Policy

Effective spring semester 2022, the time for which a student can choose CR-NC for their course has been lengthened from the fifth day of classes to the mid-point of each class. You can find when mid-point of each class is by going to student.msu.edu and viewing the Enrollment Deadlines under each course. The classes for which CR-NC can be chosen have not changed, and students should speak with their academic advisor before choosing the CR-NC option because doing so may limit the ability of the class to fulfill certain requirements.

 

What this Means for Students Now

At this time, the CR-NC option will remain for students to be applied toward elective courses only, with the option to choose CR-NC being extended to the mid-point of each class. You can find when mid-point of each class is by going to student.msu.edu and viewing the Enrollment Deadlines under each course. Academic units will evaluate their curricula and add appropriate courses as eligible courses in future semesters. Before students make any decisions about electing to have a class recorded as CR-NC, they must have a conversation with an academic advisor. This is because courses are not indicated as eligible except through each college/major policy. Academic advisors will help students through the decision-making process to determine what is best for them.

 

FAQs

  • What is the Credit/No Credit option?

    CR-NC allows a student to choose to receive a CR-NC on their transcript rather than a numeric grade for an elective course. To earn CR a student must earn a 2.0 or higher. Once the CR/NC option is chosen, as long as a student receives at least a 2.0 in the course, a CR will be reported as the grade. This grade will not count into GPA calculations. Grades of 1.5, 1.0, or 0.0 will be reported as NC and no credits will be earned. Once the CR-NC option is chosen and the midpoint of the semester is reached, a student may not change their grade option regardless of the grade anticipated in the course. The grade option cannot be changed after the deadline and cannot be changed back after final decisions are made.

  • When can a student choose the Credit/No Credit option?

    Students can now choose the CR-NC option through the to the mid-point of each class. You can find when mid-point of each class is by going to student.msu.edu and viewing the Enrollment Deadlines under each course. However, not all classes can be taken as CR-NC and still count for a requirement. Students should contact their academic advisor BEFORE making a decision about whether to choose this option.

  • When shouldn’t a student choose the Credit/No Credit option?

    Some courses cannot be taken as CR-NC and still fulfill a college, major, or university requirement. This will vary by major. Students need to contact their academic advisor to determine if taking a course as CR-NC is a correct option for them. Students should also be mindful of other impacts of the CR-NC option grading such as admission to graduate/professional schools, Deans List eligibility, or licensure requirements. Academic advisors will be able to help students make the best choices.

  • How does a student choose the Credit/No Credit option?

    To choose CR-NC as an option, students must contact their academic advisor to discuss the impact of the CR-NC grading option. Things to keep in mind include admission to graduate/professional schools, Deans List eligibility, or licensure requirements. Academic advisors will be able to help students make the best choice for them.

    After a conversation with an academic advisor, students will need to contact the Office of the Registrar prior to the mid-point of each class if they want to proceed with requesting the CR-NC option for a course. You can find when mid-point of each class is by going to student.msu.edu and viewing the Enrollment Deadlines under each course.

  • How will the Credit/No Credit grading system have an effect on one’s cumulative GPA?

    Courses taken as CR-NC will have no impact on the GPA. Those courses and credits cannot be counted toward Deans List calculations.

  • Will the Credit/No Credit grade reporting option be available this semester?

    At this time, the CR-NC option will remain for students to be applied toward elective courses only, with the option to choose CR-NC being extended to the mid-point of each class. You can find when mid-point of each class is by going to student.msu.edu and viewing the Enrollment Deadlines under each course. Academic units will evaluate their curricula and release any additional CR-NC courses over time. Before students make a decision, a conversation must be had with an academic advisor. This is because courses are not indicated as eligible except though each college/major policy. Academic advisors will help students through the decision-making process to determine what is best for them.

  • What is the difference between the Credit/No Credit and Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory grade reporting options?

    At the beginning of the pandemic and continuing through the 2020-2021 academic year, students could choose to have their grade for a course recorded in the S/NS grade binary recording system. S/NS provided relief to some of the stress students experienced during a time of great uncertainty and change. MSU offered the binary grade reporting option longer than its peer institutions. It helped preserve students’ GPAs, and it allowed them to retake courses recorded as S or NS without limit.

    Based on what we learned from this experience, MSU has chosen to change the current CR-NC grade reporting option. The CR-NC option will remain for students to be applied toward elective courses only, with the option to choose CR-NC being extended to the mid-point of each class. You can find when mid-point of each class is by going to student.msu.edu and viewing the Enrollment Deadlines under each course. The grade threshold for receiving credit is also different as students must earn a minimum of a 2.0 to receive credit for a course under the CR-NC policy. Currently, courses that are taken to meet University, College and/or major requirements are not eligible for the CR-NC grading option. This may change in future semesters. Students need to contact their academic advisor to determine if a course can be taken as CR-NC and still be applied toward specific degree requirements or toward admission to limited enrollment majors.

    In addition, MSU has also announced that starting summer 2022, a new course repeat policy will take effect that will apply to all prior semesters’ courses. This will allow undergraduate students to retake any class up to twice, regardless of the grade they earned in their previous attempt, and with a 20-credit cap on retake credits.

  • Could choosing the CR-NC grade reporting option affect my financial aid?

    The policy on receiving aid for repeated courses would remain the same. It applies whether the student is repeating a course for which they receive a 1.0 or a course for which they received a 3.5. Students can get aid to pay for the course multiple times if they repeatedly fail or withdraw from the course. However, if students pass the course, they can only get aid to retake that course once (assuming they don’t subsequently fail or withdraw). A student should always check with academic advisors and financial aid advisors for input on repeating a course in their specific situation.