College GPA Calculation

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Reestablished Community College GPA: 

A reestablished community college GPA is calculated on at least 16 but fewer than 24 semester units or the equivalent. For any Cal Grant deadline, only a community college may submit either a reestablished GPA or a “regular” community college GPA calculated on at least 24 semester units, or the equivalent. A reestablished GPA only allows for Competitive Cal Grant B consideration. Only a California Community College may submit a reestablished GPA.

Regular California Community College GPA: 

For purposes of computing a community college GPA for a Cal Grant award, “nontransferable units” and “courses not counted in the computation for admission to a California public institution of higher education that grants a baccalaureate degree” mean all courses except “Associate Degree Credit Courses” as defined by Title 5, Chapter 6, Article 1, Section 55002(a) of the California Code of Regulations.

College GPA: 

A college GPA is calculated on all college work completed, except for nontransferable units and courses not counted in the computation for admission to a California public institution of higher education that grants a baccalaureate degree. The definition of the phrases “all college work completed” and “nontransferable units” and “courses not counted in the computation for admission to a California public institution of higher education that grants a baccalaureate degree” are described below. A college GPA or a community college GPA must be computed for a minimum of 24 semester units or its equivalent regardless of the grades received. The phrase “all college work completed” includes all coursework for which grades are known to the official reporting the GPA and that are accepted for credit at the school reporting the GPA. Failing grades must be included.

College GPA – Baccalaureate Degree Granting Institution:

For purposes of computing a college GPA by an institution that grants a baccalaureate degree, “nontransferable units” and “courses not counted in the computation for admission to a California public institution of higher education that grants a baccalaureate degree” are those courses which do not earn credit for a baccalaureate degree from the reporting institution.

College GPA – Associate Degree Granting Institution:

For purposes of computing a college grade point average by a post secondary institution that grants an associate degree, “nontransferable units” and “courses not counted in the computation for admission to a California public institution of higher education that grants a “baccalaureate degree” are those courses which do not earn credit for an associate degree at the reporting institution.

College GPA – Non-degree Granting Institution:

For purposes of computing a college GPA by a postsecondary institution that does not grant a baccalaureate or an associate degree:

  • (A) “nontransferable units” are those units which are not used in satisfying requirements for earning a baccalaureate degree from a California public institution of higher education that grants such a degree;
  • (B) “courses not counted in the computation for admission to a California public institution of higher education that grants a baccalaureate degree” are any courses for which the earned grade is not used in the computation of a GPA in determining admission eligibility, whether or not units earned for the course are transferable to such an institution.