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Academic Fresh Start

Texas Senate Bill 1321, entitled “Right to An Academic Fresh Start” allows a person who is a resident of Texas to apply for admission and not have coursework completed 10 or more years prior to the date of anticipated enrollment included as consideration in the admission decision. This allows the student to begin a new course of study with a clear academic record.

  1. This is an all or nothing option. Students are not able to pick and choose which courses to ignore and which courses to count. This option clears only the student’s academic record. If the student chooses the “Academic Fresh Start” option, the student does not receive any credit for any courses taken 10 or more years prior to the re-enrollment. This means that:  
    1. Courses taken previously cannot be used to fulfill new prerequisite requirements 
    2. Courses taken previously cannot be counted towards a new degree
    3. Courses taken previously will not be counted in the student’s GPA calculation  
  2. The student must still complete the usual admissions process, including providing information on all colleges or universities previously attended and provide official copies of transcripts from all schools attended. 
  3. Once the “Right to an Academic Fresh Start” provision has been claimed, and the student has enrolled, the provision cannot be reversed.


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