Deferring a Grade

If for reasons beyond your control you are prevented from completing a course within the prescribed time frame, you have the option of requesting a deferred grade from your instructor. This allows you to continue making progress toward obtaining your degree.

Please refer to the complete Penn State policy on deferred grades.

Am I Eligible to Defer Grades?

Some colleges have restrictions on grade deferment. To find out more about your eligibility, you should talk with the instructor for your course. You may also contact us for more information.

How Do I Defer a Grade?

You will need to make an arrangement with your instructor to obtain a grade deferment. If your instructor approves a deferred grade plan, you will have the following amount time to have your instructor post your grade:

  • undergraduate students: 10 weeks after the course end date 
  • graduate students: 12 weeks after the course end date 

In extenuating circumstances, an extension may be granted, with the concurrence of your course instructor. For this, you’ll need to contact your college dean or the director of Penn State’s Division of Undergraduate Studies

When you complete your course, your instructor will assign your grade. If you do not complete your course and the final grade is not assigned within the given time period, the Office of the University Registrar will assign a grade of F to your academic record.

How Does Grade Deferment Affect Graduation?

If your records show a deferred grade, you will not be able to graduate.

Will Grade Deferment Affect My Financial Aid?

Deferring a grade could impact your financial aid. For more information, contact our financial aid office.