When we announced the modified academic calendar for AY 2020-2021 in June, we told you that Spring 2021 would have two parts. You can see the full academic calendar here. Please see below for details.
- Spring 2021 has two “modules,” a three-week remote module from mid-January to mid-February and a twelve-week in-person module from mid-February to mid-May. Most students will return to campus the week of February 12-19.
- Students should plan to take no more than four credits (one course) during Module 1 as the classes will be held three hours per day, five days a week. The intensity of that schedule doesn’t really allow for more than four credits.
- Most students will then take twelve credits (three courses) during Module 2, to get to the usual sixteen credits per semester.
- This revised schedule was developed with input from faculty, students, staff, and administrators and is designed to do two things: 1) have as few students as possible on campus during peak flu season (mid-November through early February); and 2) provide the opportunity for an innovative and creative three-week intensive course and reduce the student course load at one time.
Each Module 1 course has an M in the section number (e.g., CMPSC 100 M0) and you can filter by these courses in Self-Service. Use the “Modules” option in the “Filter Results” box.
Financial Aid Considerations: As the structure of Spring 2021 is unusual, there are several differences between Spring 2021 and previous semesters. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at email@example.com or 814-332-2701 or toll free at 1-800-835-7780.
- Depending on their sources of aid, some students MUST be registered for 15 weeks of instruction, which would require a course in Module 1 and at least one course that spans the entire length of Module 2. These students and their advisors have all been individually notified of this requirement.
- Certain sources of aid, specifically some federal and state aid, will show as “pending” and will not be disbursed until after the student starts their Module 2 classes. This is because no student will be full-time (12 credits) until that point.
- Students who do not enroll in a Module 1 course or who drop or withdraw from their Module 1 course must complete an “Intent to Return” form. Failure to do so may result in their financial aid being returned. If a student completes the “Intent to Return” form and then does not return to classes for Module 2, the date they signed the form will be the date they left the institution. This form will be available in January 2021.
Billing Considerations: To accommodate students and families on multi-payment plans, the billing deadlines for Spring 2021 will remain the same. However, pending aid (see above) will be accounted for in calculating balances. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll free at 1-800-376-7075.