Fresh Start Policy

A Fresh Start at Wilmington College

Fresh Start gives a former Wilmington College student a one-time opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree with forgiveness for past performance. This readmission option recognizes that maturity shifts priorities and improves the chances for successfully completing a degree program.

Eligibility for the Fresh Start option begins after five (5) consecutive calendar years of absence from Wilmington College. A Fresh Start will be granted upon readmission if requested by the applicant on the Application for Readmission.

Upon readmission under Fresh Start, the Wilmington College cumulative grade point average will be restarted. Previous Wilmington College courses with grades of "D+" or "D" will not fulfill requirements. Previous Wilmington College courses with grades of "C-" or above will fulfill requirements for a degree unless a higher grade is specifically required in the student's major, minor, teacher licensure, or for admission to a program, or unless courses including dated materials no longer fulfill requirements. If the final grade point average warrants, a Fresh Start participant will be awarded academic honors upon completion of degree requirements.

While readmission under Fresh Start places a student in good academic standing, it is important to note that readmission under Fresh Start will not erase a student's academic history with respect to meeting satisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes. Students readmitted under Fresh Start will not be eligible to receive financial aid. Once the minimum standards of satisfactory academic progress for financial aid have been met, students may be eligible to receive federal, state, and institutional funding. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Director of the Student One Stop Center to determine the requirements that must be met to regain financial aid eligibility.