Current Students

Change Grade Basis

This is only a tutorial. No login is required.


This guide shows undergraduate students how to change the grading basis for one or more of their courses before the deadline in the Registration Calendar. The two grading-basis options are:
  1. Letter grade (A-F) – Displays as “Graded” in your Class Schedule.
  2. Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) – Neither helps nor harms your GPA, but has some limitations.

Important Information For guidance and the implications of earning CR/NC grades, please review the Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grading policy and consult with your academic advisor.

The steps to change grading basis are much like adding a class, but you’ll be editing a class.

Step 1

Go to the CSUN home page at and:

  1. Select the CSUN Portal link from the MyCSUN drop-down menu at the top of any new CSUN webpage.
  2. Log in with your CSUN user ID and password.

MyCSUN menu on new home page with CSUN Portal login link

Step 2

Your CSUN Portal home page displays.

In the Top Tools section (upper right),select the Student Center backpack icon.

CSUN Portal home page with Top Tools section and backpack link to Student Center

Step 3

The SOLAR Student Center page displays along with your current schedule. 

Under the “Academics” section, select the Enroll in a Class link.

SOLAR Student Center landing page with Enroll in a Class link

Step 4

The Fee Payment Notice displays. 

Because you are not adding, dropping or swapping any classes, move past this page by clicking the “I have read and understand the above statement” button.

Read it before you enroll in classes!

Statement of Financial Responsibility with acknowledgement button

Step 5

The Select Term page displays.

Select the radio bullet for the term from the list and click Continue

(To return to the Student Center, use the drop-down menu and select the “go” button.)

Radio bullets to select an active semester. How to return to Student Center.

Step 6

The Select Classes to Add page displays, including your current class schedule. This student is enrolled in four classes.

  • If you know the class for which you want to change grading basis and you understand the implications of doing so, select the Edit tab at the top of the page.
  • Please understand what CR and NC grades mean at Credit-No Credit (CR/NC) grading policy. If unsure, check with your academic advisor.

Your current schedule displays with links to each class.

Step 7

In the “Classes you are allowed to edit” box, the drop-down menu reveals only 3 of the 4 classes in this student’s schedule because changing the grading basis for his/her GE freshman writing class AAS 114B is not allowed.

  • Select the ANTH 150 class, for example, from the drop-down menu.
  • Click the Proceed to Step 2 of 3 button to continue.

"Edit" page with drop-down menu to select a class to edit

Step 8

The Select a class to edit – Enrollment Preferences page displays.

1. Note that the “Grading” field shows the current grading basis for ANTH 150, which is “Graded” (letter grades A-F).
2. In the “Grading” drop-down menu, select the option you want:
  • Credit/No Credit
  • Graded (The course was already graded.)
3. Choose Next to continue. (Or, choose Cancel to exit without changing the grading basis.)

Note the current grading basis of the class you selected. Then change it.

Step 9

The Edit Class Enrollment Options confirmation page displays.

  • This is your last chance to cancel your request with the Cancel button. (You can change it again until the deadline in the Registration Calendar.)
  • To proceed with your change grading basis request, click the Finish Editing button.

Confirmation page summarizes your request for the class and lets you cancel.

Step 10

A routine pop-up window displays a fee payment reminder message as if you were adding, dropping or swapping classes and possibly incurring additional tuition or other fees. No fee is charged to edit grading basis.

Because you are only editing the class, click the OK button to close the window and proceed.

Fee payment pop-up window that you can ignore to change grading basis

Step 11

The view results page displays the status of your Edit Class Enrollment Options request to change the grading basis for ANTH 150. The green check mark shows Success!

Please ignore the red “X” error icon to the left of the 5-digit class section number 13001 for ANTH 150. This is just a quirk at this time. You will not be able to edit the grading basis for a class that does not permit it.

  • To change the grading basis of another class, select the Edit tab at the top and repeat Steps 8-11 of this guide. 
  • To verify the new grading basis in your schedule, select the My Class Schedule button.

The results page confirms the class has been updated. Check your schedule.

Step 12

The My Class Schedule page displays all your classes.

  • The new CR/No Credit grading basis displays for the ANTH 150 class.
  • To print a copy for your records, click the Printer Friendly Page button on the lower right.

Remember to log out of the CSUN Portal. That’s it!

 My Class Schedule page shows the grade change update; it is printer friendly.