College Catalog
Policies and Procedures

Fresh Start Policy

The Fresh Start program provides a second opportunity to any former Hudson Valley Community College student who has experienced past academic difficulties. A student who is interested in pursuing a Fresh Start must complete a petition with his/her academic advisor. The deadline to submit a completed petition to the Registrar's Office is the published withdrawal deadline in the student's term of re-enrollment to the college.

To be eligible for the program, a student must:

  1. have been absent from the college for a consecutive period of two years or more
  2. achieve a term index of at least 2.00 with no grades of "F," "Z," "W", "AW", "I", or the remedial equivalents in the Fresh Start term.

If a student successfully meets all eligibility requirements at the end of the Fresh Start term, all courses previously completed with grades of “C” or better will remain part of the student’s calculated grade point average. Prior coursework in which a grade of “D” or “F” was received will remain on the transcript but will not be calculated in any future grade point average, will not earn credit, and will not be counted toward degree completion.

Students will be approved for a Fresh Start only once. The re-calculated grade point average will be used for the purposes of academic standing and New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) certification. It will not, however, be used in the calculation of Satisfactory Academic Progress for federal financial aid eligibility. There is no guarantee, expressed or implied, that the Fresh Start policy will be recognized by any other college or university.