Academic Forgiveness Policy

The Academic Forgiveness Policy allows readmitted students who previously accrued a record with a substantial number of grades below a “C” to be ‘forgiven’ for their earlier performance if they meet the following requirements:

  • The student must have been separated from the College for a minimum of three (3) academic years.
  • The student must have applied and been re-admitted to the College
  • The student must not have completed more than 50% of their desired degree program. If Academic Forgiveness is given, all previous work will be treated as transfer work, thus the student may not transfer in excess 50% of a degree program.
  • The student must submit a written petition to the Office of the Registrar within the first semester of returning to NCCC as a matriculated student (electronic communication will not be accepted).

Office of the Registrar
Academic Forgiveness Petition
North Country Community College
PO Box 89
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Academic Forgiveness is not an option for a student who:

  • Has already received at least one degree or certificate from NCCC.
  • Was in “Good Academic Standing” (per Satisfactory Academic Progress, NCCC catalog) when they last attended NCCC.
  • Has already been granted Academic Forgiveness or Fresh Start in the past.
  • Has not been readmitted to the College.
  • Has an outstanding financial obligation to the college.

If the student is granted Academic Forgiveness, then the following occurs:

  • Any courses with a grade of C or higher that meet degree program requirements will be treated as transfer credits. These grades will not be factored into the cumulative GPA.
  • Student will be held to the same regulations/requirements as transfer students in number of credits and age limit on courses that can be transferred to NCCC.
  • Transcript will still maintain a record of courses taken prior to the granting of Academic Forgiveness.
  • Students granted Academic Forgiveness are eligible to graduate when degree requirements have been met.
  • Students granted Academic Forgiveness will be placed on academic probation for their first semester back.
  • For purposes of determining Academic status (warning, probation, dismissal, or graduation), the cumulative average is determined beginning with the course work completed after Academic Forgiveness is granted.
  • For purposes of determining Financial Aid status: All previous coursework at North Country Community College must be included in each review of academic progress for Federal and State aid; therefore, even coursework forgiven academically must be considered in the review. Students should contact the Financial Aid office should they require additional information.

**For additional information, please contact the Office of the Registrar, 888-TRY-NCCC or