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Say What: Auditing a Class

May 17, 2021

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Learning, of course, is the goal of any college experience. Part of that education means familiarizing yourself with some unfamiliar terms. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

As part of an occasional series, we’ll explain phrases, lingo or topics to add to your college vocabulary. We call it “Say What?” If there’s a topic you’d like to see covered, please send suggestions to

Today we’ll learn about auditing a class.

What is it?

For most of us, the word “audit” brings to mind someone from the IRS looking over a tax return, which is usually an unpleasant experience. Auditing a class, however, is completely different. It can be pleasant, useful and enlightening.

Simply, auditing a class is an option for those who want to attend a class, but not receive credit or a grade. You can’t do this for free, however – you must pay all tuition and fees for that class. Further, tuition and fees associated with auditing a class cannot be paid using financial aid funds.

You’ll need to work with the Registration Center to register and pay all tuition and fees for the class before it begins. You also can’t declare you’re auditing a class when registering online.

Why do it?

Auditing a class might be a good idea for several reasons. First, it can let you get a feel for a class or new course of study without worrying about how it might impact your GPA. Auditing a class also can help prepare for more difficult courses down the line. Finally, for those who just want to learn more about a subject or topic, and aren’t pursuing a degree or certificate, auditing a class might make sense.

What are the ground rules?

Audited classes do not affect your Schoolcraft College GPA, but could impact your ability to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as it relates to Financial Aid. Your transcript will show “AUD” in place of a grade.

As always, meet with your Academic Advisor first to get the best advice and information for your situation.

You also need to know your instructor’s rules for auditing a class. Some might require you to take all the tests and complete all projects required of students who are taking the class for credit. Make sure you understand what’s expected of you.

Also, once you declare you are auditing a class, you can’t switch back and say you want to earn credit without authorization from the instructor before the last day for schedule adjustment for the course.

You can declare an audit after a course starts, but you’ll need authorization from the instructor, which needs to be sent to the Registration Center. Again, this needs to be done before the last day for schedule adjustment for the course.

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