Academic Fresh Start

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Texas resident students may, at the time of their application for admission or readmission to Texas Woman’s University, file for Academic Fresh Start (Texas Education Code 51.931) with the Office of Admissions Processing. A student will forfeit the use of all credits earned ten years or more prior to enrollment under the Academic Fresh Start Policy. Courses taken prior to this time will not be used in the calculation of the student’s admission grade point average. The student’s transcript will be inscribed with the notation “Academic Fresh Start Granted (date)", for all coursework discarded. All credit earned since that time will be included in the student's transcript. Applicants must provide all official college transcripts, including the coursework that will be discarded. Financial aid history or accumulated award limits, and excess hours policies still apply to coursework discarded for Academic Fresh Start.


  • Fresh Start must be requested at the time of application to TWU.
  • Submit the Application for Academic Fresh Start to the Office of Admissions Processing.
  •  Students must demonstrate college readiness to enroll in courses subject to TSI standards .
  • Once a student is enrolled, Fresh Start may only be requested upon application for readmission to TWU. Students can apply for readmission and request Fresh Start only after resigning for one calendar year. The Fresh Start application must be completed and granted prior to re-enrolling.
  • Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for Fresh Start at TWU.
  • Fresh Start courses will not be applied toward new degrees, core curriculum requirements or course prerequisites.
  • Once the Fresh Start provision is claimed, and the student has enrolled, the provision cannot be reversed.
  • An applicant may use Fresh Start only once at TWU.
  • Students who earn a graduate degree prior to enrolling as an undergraduate under Fresh Start will only be eligible for aid available to graduate students.
  • Credit and GPA earned prior to the student's Fresh Start will not be used to evaluate admission to post-graduate or professional programs.