Credit/No Credit Grading Implemented for Spring 2020

Published Monday, April 13, 2020 at 12:01pm

Dear MCC Students:

Like colleges and universities across the country, including most in Arizona, we are temporarily adjusting our grading policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This message is very important and contains valuable explanations for grading options this semester.

Spring courses not requiring letter grades due to accreditation or other factors (such as Nursing and Dual Enrollment) continuing after April 9, 2020 will be converted to “P/Z” (credit/no credit). If you are in good standing at the end of a class, earning at least a “C,” you will receive a “P” (credit). The next paragraph is important to provide context regarding this process!

If you prefer to receive a letter grade according to your course syllabus grading scale, you must communicate your preference to your instructor through your college email or Canvas messaging no later than one calendar week prior to the end of your course. If you are taking multiple courses, you may choose to receive a letter grade in any one class or all of your classes. If you do not inform your instructor that you wish to receive a letter grade, you will automatically be graded “P/Z” (credit/no credit). Whether you choose “P/Z” or a letter grade, you must complete the semester in your classes to receive a grade and credit for the course.

Important things to know:

  • “P/Z” grades will not be calculated in your Maricopa GPA.
  • AZTransfer has revised transfer policies for courses taken during the pandemic. For these courses, credits earned with a grade of “P” may be counted toward graduation, toward the AGEC (Arizona General Education Curriculum), and will transfer for program credit at Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Grand Canyon University, and the University of Phoenix.
  • “P” grades will not satisfy course or program requirements where the requirement is a grade of “B” or higher.

Even with the availability of “P/Z” grades, you may feel you are unable to continue with a class and wish to withdraw. We want to support your academic progress and hope you will stay with us to complete the semester. Please speak to your instructor about your interest to withdraw. You should also speak to an academic advisor about how withdrawing may affect your academic plan and/or your financial aid/scholarships/veteran benefits. Visit our Remote/Online Student Services page,, to connect with an academic advisor or a member of our financial aid team to discuss your personal circumstances.

Important things to know:

  • Withdrawing from class(es) can adversely affect students who receive special funding and eligibility circumstances, such as athletes, veterans, and students receiving federal student aid, scholarships, grants, loans, or accessing employer education reimbursement plans.
  • Students who withdraw from a course will receive a grade of “W” (withdrawn, passing) or “Y” (withdrawn, failing) on their transcripts and must repeat the course in its entirety to receive credit.
  • Instructors may withdraw students from classes for nonattendance in accordance with syllabus requirements. Be sure to stay in contact with your instructor!

We know this is a very challenging time, and we're here to support you. We are regularly updating content and adding resources to our webpage. We have developed a set of Frequently Asked Questionsfor your reference.

Please be careful, take the proper precautions, and be kind to one another.

Lori M. Berquam, Ph.D
Interim MCC President