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Application for Academic Forgiveness

Southwestern Michigan College’s Academic Forgiveness program is designed to give a fresh start to students who have been away from the college for a period of at least five years or more and who return with the intent of completing a degree or certificate. This application initiates your request to have unsatisfactory grades excluded from the calculation of your overall grade point average (GPA). Please know that all course attempts and grades, whether forgiven or not, are computed into financial aid calculations for aid eligibility.

Prior to completing the application, please review the eligibility requirements. Each eligibility requirement must be satisfied in order for your application to receive consideration.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. The applicant must be currently enrolled at SMC.
  2. The student’s GPA must have been below a 2.0 prior to re-matriculation to SMC.
  3. The student must not have enrolled with SMC for a period of at least 5 years prior to re-matriculation.
  4. The student must have completed at least 12 credits with SMC since re-matriculation with a GPA of at least 2.0 or better (not including performance-based or developmental courses).
  5. The student has never been granted academic forgiveness previously through SMC.

If you meet each of these requirements, please complete the application below.

Personal Information
Enter your Southwestern Michigan College ID (Nxxxxxxxx)

Courses that you are requesting forgiveness (each course listed must have a final grade of C- or lower. Grades of W are not eligible for forgiveness as they do not impact GPA):

Course List

Please Be Aware:

  • Courses that may have applied to a previously awarded degree or certificate program are not eligible for forgiveness.
  • Forgiven courses will be removed from GPA calculations but will still appear on your transcript with a clearly noted asterisk.
  • An academically forgiven course cannot count toward degree completion.
  • A student is only permitted one successful academic forgiveness application.
  • Academic forgiveness cannot be applied for after a student has graduated or departed from the institution.
  • Academic forgiveness cannot be revoked once applied to the academic record.
  • Academic forgiveness cannot apply to courses in which academic dishonesty or a campus violation was the cause of the poor grade.