What is the difference between hours carried and hours earned on a college degree audit. For example, I have this:

LSU Totals: 68 carr, 60 earn
Cum Totals: 77 carr, 69 earn

Can anyone explain to me how to interpret these 4 pieces of information individually? I can't find a direct answer on the internet and it's important for me to understand the difference for accuracy on applications. Thanks in advance.

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If you want an authoritative answer, contact your university's registrar office. Terms like this are not completely standard around the world, so we can only guess as to what they mean at your institution.

I would guess "carried" counts all the classes you have taken, but "earned" counts only those which you have passed. So on the first line, the extra 8 hours might represent some classes that you failed, or that you are currently taking and have not yet completed. "LSU" probably counts only those hours corresponding to classes taken at LSU, while "Cum" (presumably standing for "cumulative") might also count classes transferred from other institutions.

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    ("Cum" probably meaning "cumulative")
    – TOOGAM
    Commented Apr 18, 2016 at 2:23
  • @TOOGAM: Yes, of course. Added. Commented Apr 18, 2016 at 3:08

Rather than hours failed, 'hours carried' might be associated with courses that only give S/U grades - those related to classes you passed with a "S" (satisfactory).

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