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Pass/No Pass Guidelines

Deadline to Request Pass/No Pass Extended for Spring 2020

The last day to request pass/no pass grade has been removed for spring 2020.

You can request a P/NP grade through the completion of the course. You may complete the request using the Student Registration app in MyPortal. Once the request is made, you cannot revert to a letter grade. We highly recommend you speak with a counselor before making the change to P/NP.

How to Request a Pass/No Pass Grade

During Registration

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

  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.

If you experience a problem with the online Pass/No Pass request, you may bring a completed Pass/No Pass printed form to the Admissions and Records office before the deadline for that term.

After Classes Begin

    • After classes begin, you will need to complete the Pass/No Pass printed form and submit it in person to the Admissions and Records  office by the request pass/no pass deadline.
    • Download the Pass/No Pass print form option.
    • 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.


  • 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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