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Final Grade Override

Final Grade Override allows you to enter a final grade for students that is different from the grade automatically calculated by Canvas in the New Gradebook. You can enter a letter grade or a percentage. Students can view the overridden grade in their Grades page. However, students will not know the score has been overridden.

If you want the option of manually overriding the final grade calculated by Canvas for the autumn 2019 grading period, you will need to turn on this option in the course. In the course navigation, click Settings, click the Feature Options tab, and then in the Final Grade Override row, click the toggle switch. This makes the feature available in your course. You will then follow the steps below. (Beginning December 20, you will need to follow only the steps below.)

To turn on Final Grade Override:

  1. In the course navigation, click Grades.
  2. In the Gradebook, on the right side of the screen, click the Settings icon. Canvas Gradebook Course Settings icon
  3. At the top of the Settings dialog box, click Advanced.
  4. To allow final grade override, select the check box. At the bottom of the dialog box, click Update.
    Allow Final Grade Override dialog box with option selected

    When you go to Gradebook, you will see the Override column at the far right.
    Override column added to far right of New Gradebook, highlighted with red outline
  5. To override the calculated grade, click in the cell and enter a letter grade or a percentage. If you make an error, just click in the cell again and press the Delete button.


  • When a grader, such as an instructor or TA, enables the Final Grade Override option, the Override column displays for all graders in the course. Likewise, the Override column will be hidden if disabled by another grader in the course.
  • If you have overridden final grades, you will see a message reminding you when you import final grades using GradePage.
  • The override column is included in Gradebook exports, such as when importing in GradePage. However, overridden grades cannot be changed through a Gradebook import. If you need to change an overridden grade, you’ll need to return to the Canvas Gradebook, update the overridden grades, then begin the import process again in GradePage.
  • Final grade override actions are not recorded in the Grading History page, which only records changes for individual assignments.
  • If the student context card feature option is enabled for an account, the student context card displays the override grade for a student.