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Top 3 PS/NS Student Questions of the Day!

By Mary C. Bergstrom
Posted on 5 May 2020 | 4:45 pm

Q:  I heard that if I want to select PS/NS for one of my classes, I have to take PS/NS for all of my classes—is that correct?

A:  No.  Students have the option of selecting none, one, some or all of their eligible courses for the PS/NS option. 

Q:  Why does my Degree Works audit look different for PS/NS courses? Should I be concerned?

A:  Degree Works cannot be completely updated until May 7 after the PS/NS grade period is completed. In the meantime, some of your courses might appear in different places. Please note that your major and cumulative GPA’s will not be updated until May 7 when grades are finalized. Once Degree Works becomes available again after the outage for end of term processing, all PS/NS courses will be accurately reflected in requirements and GPA’s and academic standing will be updated. 

Q:  When will I receive my email receipt for my PS/NS selection?

A:  Your email receipt should arrive in your college-issued email account in approximately 2-3 minutes.  However, during peak times, email receipts may take longer. 

Remember, the decision to opt for the PS/NS grade is up to you.  In making the decision to retain standard grades or choose the new PS/NS grade type, it is critical for you to talk with your faculty, advisors, financial aid, and family.  Most students will choose to keep the letter grade of C or better. Students who receive a D+, D, or D- grade may want to consider the PS grade.  Students who receive an F or WA grade will want to carefully consider the NS option.  Ultimately, the choice is yours. 

This email is intended for outgoing messages only.  Additional information on the PS/NS Grade Mode can be found on the Office of the Registrar website:

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