The Fall 2020 Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) Grading Policy

What is the CR/NC Policy?

The City University of New York has authorized Queensborough and all CUNY colleges to use the Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) option for almost all Fall ‘20 courses. The policy is designed to provide you, the student, with maximum flexibility as you work through the ongoing pandemic.

We recognize that the pandemic and related circumstances such as your health and your family's health, as well as food, housing and job insecurity might have affected your grades. When used correctly, CR/NC could help you maintain your academic standing even if your grades were less than optimal this fall. This is an opt-in program, meaning that you should review the benefits and implications before choosing to participate. If you do not wish to opt-in to the policy, you do not need to take any action.

Under the CR/NC Grading Policy, once you receive and review your Fall '20 Semester grades in CUNYfirst, you will have the option to convert a passing letter grade you received in most courses (B+ to D-) into a Credit (CR), or a grade of F into a No Credit (NC).

Neither a CR nor NC will factor into a your GPA. (Note: Students cannot choose a CR/NC for a "W" grade, whether a W, WN, WA, WD, WU).

Please review the information on this page carefully. We strongly encourage you to speak with an Academic Adviser and, if you are receiving financial aid, to speak with a Financial Aid Counselor before making your decision whether or not to opt-in to the policy.

The opt-in period will be open on CUNYFirst from December 24, 2020 through January 12, 2021. Students who do not wish to participate in the policy do not need to take any action.

Who is eligible for the CR/NC Policy?

Participation in the CR/NC policy is optional and applies to all Queensborough students enrolled in most classes*. However, implications of the policy are specific to each student's program of study, academic goals, financial aid status, and more. For example, participation in the policy could impact a student’s eligibility to enroll in licensure programs, such as Nursing or Massage Therapy. Students should contact their Academic Adviser and Financial Aid Counselor to learn more about the benefit and implications based on their specific circumstances.

*Courses which are excluded from the option can be found here.

Why the CR/NC policy?

All final grades for the Fall ‘20 Semester will be posted on CUNYfirst by December 23, 2020.

  • After you receive and review your Fall ‘20 grades on CUNYfirst, please give careful consideration to the following:

    1. If you received an F in any course, you should change that grade to an NC. It is best to avoid an F on your transcript. Although you will have to retake the course at some point if it's a requirement for your degree, the NC will not impact your GPA.

    2. If you received a B or less in a course, you may want to consider changing it to a CR based on your overall academic performance (GPA) and goals. For example, if your overall GPA is equivalent to a B and you earned a D or C this semester, either grade will bring down your GPA. If you opt to change the D or C to CR, your overall GPA will not be affected and you will still receive credit for passing the course. However, this could impact your eligibility to enroll in the Nursing or Massage Therapy Programs. You should speak with an Academic Adviser before making any decision to better understand all possible implications.

    3. If you received a B/B+ in any course, you need to calculate whether changing a B or B+ to a CR will raise or lower your GPA. You should also consider possible implications to your academic goals. It is be best to speak with an Academic Adviser before making a decision.

    4. If you received an A- or an A, you cannot change that grade. Why? You did great! Congratulations!

Your situation and circumstances are unique. We realize that you want to make the right decision based on your academic goals and financial aid status.  Our Academic Adviser and Financial Aid Counselor are ready to help you! We strongly urge you to speak with them when considering whether this policy is right for you.

How do I opt-in?

If you wish to opt-in to the policy, you must do so yourself through CUNYFirst. Once you make a grade change, your decision is final and the grade cannot be changed back.

If you do not wish to opt-in to the policy, you do not need to take any action.

It important to know that the CR/NC option is not available for certain courses*. If you are a student in licensure programs, such as Nursing or Massage Therapy, you should speak with your program adviser before making any grade change(s).

If you are aspiring to enter into the Nursing Program (pre-clinical), please speak with your Academic Adviser before changing any grade(s).

*Courses which are excluded from the option can be found here.


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Log In to CUNYfirst

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Select CR/NC Option

  • Select your current semester
  • For each course you wish to opt-in, select the “Opt in Grade CR/NC” drop-down
  • Click “Submit”
  • Click Ok to confirm that you want to Opt-in
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Troubleshooting


View How To Opt-In in CUNYFirst

Excluded Courses

The courses below are excluded from the CR/NC Grading Policy.

  • BU-102: Principles of Accounting II

  • HA-100: Therapeutic Massage

  • HA-102: Western Massage I

  • HA-103: Eastern Massage II

  • HA-202: Western Massage III

  • HA-203: Massage Practicum I

  • HA-209: Thai Massage

  • HA-220: Pathology for Massage Therapy

  • MP-101: Intro Recd Stud Midi

  • MP-102: Digital Music Sequencing

  • MP-103: Recording Techniques I:Studio

  • MP-204: Digital Sound Design

  • MP-205: Rec Tec II:Studo Op

  • MUS-111: Musicianship I

  • MUS-112: Musicianship II

  • MUS-121: Music Theory I

  • MUS-132: Class Instruction in Piano II

  • MUS-221: Music Theory III

  • MUS-223: Sight Reading and EarTrain III

  • MUS-225: Jazz Theory & Improvisation I

  • MUS-231: Class Instruction Piano III

  • NU-101: Safe & Effective Nursing Care

  • NU-102: Safe and Effective Nursing II

  • NU-201: Safe & Effective Nursing Care

  • NU-202: Safe & Effect Nurs Care Lvl IV

  • NU-204: Nursing and Societal Forces

  • PH-201: General Physics I

  • PH-301: College Physics I

  • PH-421: General Calculus Physics A

What else do I need to know?

Important: To opt-in to the CR/NC grade you must do so yourself through CUNYFirst. Once you make the change from a letter grade to either CR or NC, your decision is final and it cannot be changed back to the original letter grade.

If you are a student in certain programs such as Nursing or Massage Therapy, you should speak to the Department Adviser before making any grade changes. If you are aspiring to enter into the Nursing Program (pre-clinical), please speak with an Academic Adviser before changing any grades.

Key Deadline:

Period to File for Credit (CR) / No Credit (NC) Option: December 24, 2020 through January 12, 2021.

For more information on CR/NC please also read the CUNY Credit/No Credit Policy FAQ. Send all other inquiries about the policy to CreditNCpolicy@qcc.cuny.edu

Financial Aid Questions

If you are receiving financial aid, you should speak with a Financial Aid Counselor before considering the CR/NC option to discuss any potential impact on your financial aid. (In addition, a Financial Aid Counselor may help you if you are receiving a scholarship and are concerned whether changing a grade will impact your ability to maintain the scholarship.) Please make sure to read the Financial Aid FAQ about the policy.

The Office of Financial Aid can be contacted Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 718-631-6367 or FinancialAid@qcc.cuny.edu

Academic/Program Advisers

Students should seek guidance from Academic Advisers or Major/Program Advisers, to consider implications of the CRNC option for specific course requirements applicable to future career, graduate, or professional training requirements.

After reviewing the policy FAQ, contact an Academic Adviser for additional questions you may have on opting-in to CR/NC policy first. Your adviser can be found on CUNYFirst or Star Fish. If you are unsure of who to contact, email CreditNCpolicy@qcc.cuny.edu with your inquiry.


The Nursing and Massage Therapy programs require a grade of C or above for entry. If you are in or intend to apply for these programs, we strongly advise against selecting the CR option for the following courses as it could impact eligibility.

  • BI-301: Anatomy and Physiology I

  • BI-302: Anatomy and Physiology II

  • BI-311: Microbiology

  • BI-330: Myology

  • ENGL-101: English Composition I

  • MA-119: College Algebra

  • MA-336: Statistics

  • PSYC-101: Psychology

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