In order to improve a grade point average after graduation, a college student must enroll in more undergraduate classes and pass these classes with high grades. It is advisable to take courses that pertain to the major program, as courses within a particular discipline are often calculated as a student's separate major grade point average in addition to a cumulative grade point average for all courses taken.
For example, if a student has graduated with a degree in engineering, taking a humanities course or general elective does not raise the grade point average calculated within the program. However, general courses do affect the overall cumulative grade point average for the student's academic career.
When trying to raise a cumulative grade point average, students should enroll in courses that are of interest and within a discipline of proficiency to increase the chances of a higher grade. For example, if a student is a strong writer, a creative writing or English course may be the best option. Or, if the student has a passion for art or music, a 100 level undergraduate course in these areas may make it easier to obtain a higher grade. When taking courses after graduation, students are typically ineligible for financial aid funding.