Repeated Courses

When a student repeats a course, the university will use the most recent grade received for the course (even if the grade is lower) to compute the cumulative grade point average unless the grade is an X, W, or NG. The university will use the second grade to determine credit earned for the course and will invalidate the first credit earned for the course.  The university will erase no grade from a student’s record.

3-Peat Rule

Legislation was passed by the State of Texas to discourage students from repeating courses unnecessarily.  This has a financial impact on the students who repeat courses excessively.  Legislation also impacts funding rates for students based on the number of times they attempt* particular courses.  Students who attempt a course three or more times at Texas A&M University-Texarkana since Fall 2002 will be charged an additional $50.00 per credit hour for the repeated course. The bill you receive after you register may not accurately reflect the additional tuition and fees for the courses attempted three or more times.  Texas A&M University-Texarkana reserves the right to adjust the student's tuition as a result of registering for the third or more time.  See “Appeals Process for 3-Peat Rule” below.

The following courses are exempt from this rule:

  1. Thesis or dissertation courses
  2. Courses that may be repeated for credit because they involve different or more advanced content each time the course is taken
  3. Independent Study courses
  4. Special Topics and Seminar courses
  5. Continuing education courses that must be repeated to retain professional certification
  6. Developmental Education coursework taken three or more times will be allowed; however, developmental coursework in excess of 18 hours is subject to additional charges.

*Attempted hours are calculated for courses in which a student is enrolled on official reporting day, which is 12th class day during the fall and spring semesters, 4th class day during summer semesters, and 2nd class day during mini semesters. In other words, if you enroll in a course and subsequently drop it, the hours that you attempted but did not complete will count toward the limit imposed by this policy. If you intend to drop a course, you must do so before the end of the official reporting day of the semester to avoid having that course count in your total number of attempted hours. That is, only when you drop before the end of the official reporting day will the hours NOT count toward the 3-Peat imposed by this policy.

Appeal Process for 3-Peat Rule

An appeals panel will consider student appeals involving issues related to additional tuition charges that the university bases on the 3-Peat charges. The university will consider appeals when the student believes that extenuating circumstances in his or her life justify an exemption from the prevailing policy. The student must submit appeals in written form, and the student must base the appeal on extenuating circumstances such as (but not limited to) catastrophic illness, injury, death in the family, or call up for military services.  Students may attach as much supporting documentation as they feel would aid in the appeals panel making an informal decision.

The student must submit requests for an appeal to the registrar at least five business days prior to the first class day of the semester.  Please submit requests to  Registrar, Texas A&M University-Texarkana,7101 University Ave., Texarkana, Texas 75503.

The appeals process is per semester, and students must file an appeal for every semester that the 3-Peat Rule affects them. Any appeal decision is for the current semester only and will not carry over to any subsequent semester.  The decision of the appeals panel is final. The appeals panel will make all decisions within 30 days from the receipt of the appeal request, when feasible, but not later than 60 days from the receipt of the request for an appeal.

Students must submit all tuition payments on time (including the additional fees), or the university will drop them for non-payment. If the appeals panel waives the additional charges, the university will refund this portion of the tuition. The registrar will notify the student in writing of the decision of the panel.

The appeals panel will consist of the following:

  • Dean of the student’s college or his or her designee
  • Bursar
  • Director of Admissions and Outreach
  • Executive Director of Enrollment Management and University Registrar
  • Associate Registrar
  • Vice-President for Student Engagement and Success

If applicable, additional panel members may include the Teacher Certification Officer and the Director of Financial Aid and Veteran Services.