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Pass/No Pass Guidelines

The deadlines for requesting Pass/No Pass or an Excused Withdrawal
have been extended, as of February 2021, in consideration of the disruptions caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. All withdrawals will be treated as excused, provided you follow required steps. This means

  • You can request Pass/No Pass for classes taken in the current quarter 
  • You can request an Excused Withdrawal for the current quarter until the last week of the term.

This may be helpful if you feel your academic performance has suffered because of disruptions related to COVID-19 and health officials’ orders to stay home. However, there can be drawbacks to choosing Pass/No Pass. Some transfer universities may not accept Pass grades for credit or major requirements, and you will not be allowed to repeat a class at Foothill after receiving a Pass grade.

If you have questions regarding this policy you may email or you can consult your Academic Counselor.

How to Request a Pass/No Pass Grade

During Registration

During registration, you may choose the Pass/No Pass option online inside MyPortal.

  1. Log in to MyPortal.
  2. Click Apps from the left menu. 
  3. Select Student Registration (under Students)
  4. Click on the "Add or Drop Classes" link to get to the class term.
  5. Find the class in your Current Schedule and select Pass/No Pass under the Grade Mode column.

Note: Once you select and submit the request for Pass/No Pass grading, this action cannot be reversed.

After Classes Begin

    • After classes begin, you will need to access,  complete and sign the A&R online Pass/No Pass form  by the request  deadline. 
    • By signing the online form, it will be automatically emailed to the Admissions and Records office for processing. Note: You must confirm the signature  with your email before it will be sent.
    • You may not switch to Pass/No Pass after the fourth week of a standard 12-week course, or after a third of a course that is less than 12 weeks.
    • See academic calendar for specific dates for each term.


  • If you request the Pass/No Pass option online, this action cannot be reversed. 
  • Some transfer institutions will not accept Pass/No Pass grades.
  • Under state regulations, Foothill cannot change a Pass/No Pass grade to a letter grade.


Rules for Pass/No Pass Grading

Foothill offers Pass/No Pass grading for a number of courses, as authorized by California law (Title V) and the Foothill-De Anza Community College District board of trustees.

  • Some courses are designated in the catalog as Pass/No Pass (P/NP) courses. In those courses, a letter grade is not available. Among these classes are those with a “single satisfactory standard of performance for which unit credit is assigned.” (See Section 51302 of Title V.)
  • For other courses, you may select the Pass/No Pass option instead of a letter grade. However, you must select that option no later than the fourth week of a standard 12-week course, or no later than one third into the duration of a course that is less than 12 weeks.
  • Once you select the Pass/No Pass option, the resulting grade is final.
  • You may not apply more than 30 units of credit earned with a Pass (P) grade toward an Associate iin Arts degree.
  • In most cases, you may not apply a Pass (P) grade toward your major requirements, unless your major division lists a Pass/No Pass (P/NP) course on its curriculum sheets.
  • Pass/No Pass grades are not used to calculate grade point averages. However, a grade of No Pass (NP) can be considered in probation and dismissal procedures. You can learn more by reading the Policy on Standards for Probation.


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