Fresh Start

Fresh Start may be offered to former students who have applied to return to Southern and are eligible for academic forgiveness. This program allows eligible students the opportunity to reset their grade point average (GPA) while retaining earned credit towards their degree for any previously passed course with a grade of C or higher.

The option is available only once, and only to former students who meet all the following conditions:

  1. Complete admissions application submitted

  2. Cumulative GPA below 2.0 at the time of application

  3. Less than 60 credits earned at SCSU at time of application

  4. Demonstrated satisfactory academic performance evidence of changed work habits since withdrawing from SCSU by either:

    • Completing 12 college credits with at least a 2.75 term GPA, or

    •  Earning a degree from a regionally accredited college or university

Fresh Start can improve a student's GPA, while reducing their earned credit hours towards degree, so students must be aware of all consequences before accepting Fresh Start admission. Students are also required to complete the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal, if interested in financial aid, as Fresh Start will not change a student's overall attempted credits. Students are encouraged to speak with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships if they have questions about how Fresh Start may affect their aid eligibility. For more information on SAP, please visit the Financial Aid website.