Spring 2021 minimesters

VCU is offering short courses during the spring semester meant to provide students with scheduling flexibility, in part because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These minimesters will allow students to take accelerated classes and explore new educational topics. There are three minimesters: a five-week February term to be held from Feb. 15 to March 19, an eight-week Spring Minimester to be held from March 8 to May 5, and a five-week March term to be held from March 29 to May 4.

The spring 2021 minimester courses can be found in the Spring Schedule of Classes by searching the attribute type for the individual minimester.

Important dates 

February Term

End of Add/Drop: Monday, Feb. 15
Last day to Withdraw: Friday, March 19
Last day to choose the Pass/Fail option: Friday, March 19

Spring Minimester

End of Add/Drop: Monday, March 8
Last day to Withdraw: Wednesday, May 5
Last day to choose the Pass/Fail option: Wednesday, May 5

March Term

End of Add/Drop: Monday, March 29
Last day to Withdraw: Tuesday, May 4
Last day to choose the Pass/Fail option: Tuesday, May 4

When is the Office of Financial Aid census date?

The census date is February 8th. If a student has been awarded, by February 8th, they must be full time by this date in order to be eligible for financial aid that requires full time enrollment. Failure to be enrolled at least 12 credit hours by this date, will impact the student’s financial aid package.

What happens if a student drops below full time after the financial aid has disbursed?

If a student drops below full time after the full time aid has disbursed, any aid that requires full time enrollment may be adjusted/reversed, unless the student is able to add another class that will bring them back to full time enrollment. **With mini-sessions students can drop classes after census date because of the different drop dates, but they also could add classes if add periods are still open.

What happens if a student is not full time by February 8th?

If a student is not full time by February 8th, the student will not be eligible for the full time aid on their account. Due to limited funding availability, grant funding is not guaranteed, should the student become full time.

What if a student adds a mini-session course after they have received their complete financial aid package as a full-time student, will they get additional financial aid?

No, there is no additional financial aid available for students. The student will be responsible for paying for the additional enrollment out of pocket.

What is a student’s defined term (length of semester)?

In a semester with many sessions, the student’s defined term depends on the student’s registration. The earliest begin date and the latest end date of the individual students registration defines the term. Examples are as follows:

  • If a student is enrolled in any 16 week course (with combination of other sessions) the student’s term spans form January 25 – May 13.
  • If a student is only enrolled in a 1st 5 week course and an 8 week course the student’s term spans from February 15 – May.

How does Return to Title IV Funds work in a term with mini-sessions?

In a normal term without mini-sessions, if a student withdraws from all of their classes before finishing at least 60% of the term they are subjected to Return of Title IV. In a term with mini-sessions, remember the student’s registration defines the term. Examples are as follows:

  • If a student is enrolled in one 16 week course and several mini-sessions and decides to withdraw from the 16 week course, they cannot complete their term because all of the mini-session courses end before May 14th (the last day of classes for the 16 week session). This student could be a Return to Title IV depending on when they withdraw from the 16 week course.
  • If a student is enrolled in an (2) 8 week session and a 2nd 5 week session courses the student can drop both 8 week session courses and still be able to complete the term because the 8 week course and the 2nd 5 week course ends on the same date.

 

****Keep in mind the amount of mini-session course offerings available will determine the magnitude of these unique scenarios. Whenever a student is contemplating dropping and withdrawing, they need to meet with their financial counselor.