Credit (CR) and No Credit (NC) Grades

OCC will offer students the option of Credit and No Credit grades for the Winter and Summer semesters, due to the exceptional circumstances caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Eligible students have the option to replace a final grade if they feel the circumstances surrounding the pandemic resulted in a grade that does not reflect their true proficiency.

Credit or No Credit grades can have a lasting impact on a student’s record. If you are considering a CR or NC grade, we strongly encourage you to read through the following documentation and speak with an OCC counselor before choosing these options.

Requests for a Credit or No Credit grade can be submitted up to 3 weeks after the grade for the class has been posted to the student's record.

For general information about grades, visit Grading Policy.

What is a Credit (CR) grade? How does it affect my academic standing?

A CR grade has a value of 2.0 (C). The grade does NOT count toward cumulative or term GPA calculations, graduation honors, dean’s list, or academic sanctions. However, the CR grade DOES apply toward prerequisite requirements and graduation requirements, unless a grade above a 2.0 (C) is required.

A CR grade will likely transfer to another college or university. More transfer details below.

What is a No Credit (NC) grade? How does it affect my academic standing?

A NC grade does not have a grade value. It does NOT count toward cumulative or term GPA calculation, academic sanctions, prerequisite requirements, or graduation requirements.

A NC grade is not likely to transfer to another college or university. More transfer details below.

Which grades can be changed to a CR grade?

A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+ and C can be changed to a CR grade.

An initial “I” (Incomplete) or “NR” (Grade Not Reported) grade can be change to a CR grade after the final grade has been posted to the student’s record, as above.

Which grades can be changed to a NC grade?

C-, D+, D, F, “CP” (Continuing Progress) and “WS” (Withdrawal – Stopped Attending) can be changed to a NC grade.

An initial “I” (Incomplete) and a “NR” (Grade Not Reported) grade can be change to a NC grade after the final grade has been posted to the student’s record, as above.

Which grades CANNOT be changed?

“N” (Non-Attendant) and “W” (Student-Initiated Withdrawal) grades cannot be changed to a CR or NC grade.

When can I request a change to a CR or NC grade? When is the deadline for this request?

Students can submit their request beginning at 7:00 a.m. on May 11, and request may be submitted up to 3 weeks after the grade for the class has been posted to your record.

A CR or NC grade may not be requested for a class until the final grade has been posted to the student’s record.

Can I still request a CR or NC grade if I dropped a class?

No. Students who drop a class are not eligible to receive a CR or NC grade for that class.

How do I request a CR or NC grade?

You will be able to request a CR or NC grade online through MyOCC beginning May 11. After logging in to your student account, you will be able to review your grades for the semester and request a CR or NC grade class by class for the grades that are eligible.

Credit or No Credit grades can have a lasting impact on a student’s record and cannot be reversed. If you are considering a CR or NC grade, we strongly encourage you to read through all of the information on this page. If you still have questions or are uncertain about these options, speak with an OCC counselor.

Can I change my mind once a CR or NC grade is posted?

No. Changing a grade to a CR or NC grade cannot be reversed.

My class ended before OCC moved face-to-face classes to remote instruction. Can I still change my grade or to a CR or NC grade in that class?

No. Classes that ended before March 19 when OCC moved to remote instruction are not eligible for a CR or NC grade.

What happens if I repeat the course in the future?

The grade received in the repeated would count toward GPA calculation, and the credits of the repeated course would count toward attempted credits.

  • If a CR grade was originally received, the credits were already counted toward completed credits and are not counted again.
  • If a NC grade was originally received, the credits were not counted toward completed credits, so the credits of the repeated course would count toward completed credits.

How will a CR or NC grade affect my financial aid?

Students should check with a Financial Aid Advisor to understand the exact impact a CR or NC grade will have on their financial aid. However, the following apply in general:

  • Credits received for a CR grade count as attempted and completed credits. GPA would not be evaluated for the class.
  • Credits received for a NC grade count as attempted but not completed credits, which counts against your Student Academic Progress (SAP). GPA would not be evaluated for the class.

Will a CR or NC grade transfer to another college?

While this decision ultimately rests with the receiving institution, most colleges and universities will accept the credit for transfer for CR grades because they have a value of at least 2.0 (C).

It is very unlikely that a NC grade will transfer.

Some academic departments have stricter credit transfer policies than their home college or university. Please contact the appropriate admissions office for the most accurate information if you are applying to a specific department or program within a college or university.

How will a CR or NC grade affect me as a student with F1 immigration status?

International students with F1 immigration status may request a CR or NC grade.

  • A CR grade will not affect your immigration status.
  • A NC grade may affect your immigration status. If you participate in the class for the entire semester, a NC grade will not affect your immigration status. If you do not participate in the class for the entire semester, the credits for that class will not count toward your full-time enrollment requirement.

You may contact the International Student Advisor Office for additional clarification.

How will a CR or NC grade affect me as a high school dual enrollment or as an early college student?

High school dual enrollment students should check with their high school counselor before requesting a CR or NC grade. Early college students should check with their program coordinator before requesting a CR or NC grade. The following may apply and should be confirmed:

  • A CR grade will likely apply as normal toward your high school graduation requirements.
  • A NC grade may not apply toward your high school graduation requirements.

How will a CR or NC grade affect my veteran’s benefits?

Students receiving veteran’s benefits should check with a Financial Aid Advisor to understand the exact impact a CR or NC grade will have on their benefits. However, the following apply in general:

  • A CR grade will have no impact on your veteran’s benefits.
  • A NC grade will result in a non-punitive grade, which is usually NOT paid for by the VA.

The College will report "COVID-19" as a mitigating circumstance for the NC grade. The VA has informed OCC that under this circumstance, it will pay for the class. For veterans receiving a monthly housing allowance, the VA will not change the allowance.

How will a CR or NC grade affect my eligibility as a student athlete?

Student athletes should check with the Athletic Director to understand the exact impact a CR or NC grade will have on their NCJAA eligibility since circumstances vary by individual. However, the following apply in general:

A CR grade will be counted as a 2.0 (C) when calculating NJCAA eligibility.

A NC grade will be counted as a failed course when calculating NJCAA eligibility.