Academic Fresh Start

What is Academic Fresh Start?

If a student is a Texas resident and applies for admission (or readmission) to Texas public colleges or universities and enrolls as an undergraduate, the student may be able to begin a new course of study with a clear academic record.

If a student has credits for college courses taken ten (10) or more years prior to the planned enrollment date, those credits (and grades) can be ignored for enrollment purposes under the "Academic Fresh Start" Law.

Please remember: This is an all or nothing option. A student cannot pick and choose which courses to ignore and which courses to count. If a student chooses the "Academic Fresh Start" option, the student will not receive any credit for any courses taken at least ten years ago.

This means that courses taken previously:

  • Cannot be used to fulfill new prerequisite requirements;
  • Cannot be counted toward a new degree; and
  • Will not be counted in new G.P.A. calculations.

Who Determines our Eligibility for Academic Fresh Start?

The Director of Admissions and Enrollment at the college or university where the student is planning to enroll is the final authority on applying or interpreting a student’s right to an Academic Fresh Start.

How Does This Affect Your Admission as an Undergraduate?

A student must still complete the usual admissions process. This includes providing information on all colleges or universities previously attended, along with copies of transcripts from all schools attended.

How Does This Affect Your Financial Aid?

Academic Fresh Start clears only academic records. When deciding eligibility for financial aid, the school must still count all prior credits earned. If the student earned a graduate degree prior to enrolling as an undergraduate under the Academic Fresh Start option, the student will only be eligible for aid available to graduate students. Contact the Director of Financial Aid at the school where you are enrolling for details.

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