Academic Fresh Start

All course work taken at Pikes Peak Community College appears on a permanent transcript. Academic Fresh Start allows for a one-time exclusion of failed credits (grades of D, F, or U) from the calculation of the grade point average. A maximum of 30 credits failed at PPCC may be removed from the GPA calculation. To be considered for a Fresh Start the following conditions need to be met:

  • Two calendar years have elapsed since the student’s last attendance at PPCC.
  • During previous attendance at PPCC, the student earned 30 credit hours or less with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) less than 2.00.
  • Upon re-enrolling, student successfully completes a minimum of 6 credit hours with a term GPA of 2.00 or better.
  • Applications for Academic Fresh Start must be submitted no later than the end of the semester following the successful return semester.

Students wanting to apply for Academic Fresh Start or needing to find out additional information need to make an appointment an academic advisor in Advising & Testing. Here is a helpful link to their website: Students applying for a Fresh Start are responsible for investigating the potential impact of a Fresh Start on transfer admission, financial aid, VA, and other agencies and organizations.

Other institutions receiving a PPCC transcript for transfer of academic courses are not bound by this college policy and may choose to calculate the student’s transfer GPA to include all grades, even those excluded by PPCC under this policy.

Once granted, an Academic Fresh Start is not reversible. Credit excluded from the GPA calculation cannot be used to satisfy the requirements for completion of a degree or certificate. Forms are available on-line at

Students who are on Financial Aid will continue to have all hours that they have attempted, to include original grades earned, taken into consideration for Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress as required by statutes and regulatory requirements.