3-10: Audit of Credit Courses

Policy Overview

This policy defines the administration and use of audit status in credit courses at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC or College).

Scope and Applicability

This policy describes the administration and use of audit status in all credit courses and applies to all SFCC students.

Policy Statement

SFCC welcomes students who wish to enroll in a credit course without earning credit. Students must register and pay for the course and indicate their preference for auditing.



  1. Audit The term used for registration in a credit class in which a student bears no responsibilities for completing assignments. Students receive neither grades or credit.
  2. Corequisite A course or requirement that must be taken concurrently with another course.
  3. Credit Hours are awarded in terms of semester credit. Each semester hour of credit in a lecture class requires a minimum of 750 minutes of instruction per semester; each semester hour of credit in a laboratory class requires a minimum of 1,500 minutes of instruction per semester (SFCC Policy 3-1 Audit of Credit Courses).
  4. Prerequisite A course or requirement that must be completed successfully before a student may enroll in a particular course or program.

Policy Process

  1. Students may audit most Santa Fe Community College credit courses; however, some courses may be ineligible for audit or may require additional permission. Audit status entails the same tuition, fee structure, and prerequisite requirements as all credit courses.
  2. Students register for an audit course in the same manner as for a credit course. At the time of registration, the student should indicate his or her desire to register for a course under the audit option.
  3. Students may change the course status up to midway through the course. For a full-semester course, a student may change enrollment from audit to credit or from credit to audit midway through the course during spring or fall semesters and through the end of the third week of instruction in a summer session.
  4. To change a class from credit to audit or audit to credit, the student must submit a Request to Change Classes form to the Records Department by the appropriate deadline.
  5. Audit-to-credit changes require the faculty-of-record’s signature. Classes taken for audit do not satisfy a prerequisite or corequisite for the next level. Deadlines to change from credit to audit or audit to credit for courses that are less than a full semester are listed in the course schedule.
  6. The student’s transcript will indicate AU (audit) instead of a grade. This notation does not reflect mastery of the material covered in a course, and no credit is awarded.
  7. Audited courses are not eligible for financial aid support.

Statement of Accountability and Responsibility

The President, through the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, shall be responsible for enforcing academic policies and procedures. The Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs shall work with the different departments and offices to comply with this policy and develop procedures that will enforce this policy regarding awareness, prevention and remediation.



Policy 2-26 Academic Calendar Development


SFCC Governing Board approved: 5/30/02

Updated 7/29/03 and 5/28/08

Revised and SFCC Governing Board approved: 3/22/17

Associated Procedures