J-Term Student Finance FAQ

Q:  If a student is registered for 18 credit hours in the Spring 2016 semester, will a J-Term class create an overload billing?

A:  No, there is no tuition charge to fulltime undergraduate students (as determined by registration for the Spring 2016 semester) for up to a 3 credit hour J-Term class. Students are, however, responsible for any trip and/or housing charges during J-term.  A fulltime undergraduate is one who is registered for at least 12 credit hours.

Q: Are fulltime professional pharmacy students treated differently than fulltime undergraduates for J-Term?

A: No. The same rules apply for P-1s to P-3s as apply for fulltime undergraduates.

Q:  If a student is registered for a 4 credit hour J-Term class (for example, Mexican Culture plus an optional 1 credit Spanish language class) will he/she be billed for the extra credit hour?

A:  Yes, there is no charge to fulltime undergraduate students for up to 3 credit hours during J-Term, but the additional credit hour will be billed to the student at the Undergraduate part-time rate of $665 per credit hour.

Q:  If an undergraduate student is registered for 9 hours for the Spring 2016 semester, plus a 3 credit hour J-Term, will he/she be considered fulltime for billing purposes?

A:  No, the J-Term is considered a separate billing term.  The student would be billed 9 hours at the part-time undergraduate rate for Spring 2016 plus $665per credit hour for the J-term course.

Q: If a student is registered for 9 credit hours in the Spring, but also on the waitlist for a 3 credit class, is that student considered fulltime?

A: No.  The calculation of fulltime status does notinclude classes for which a student is on the waiting list.  This student would be considered part-time in the Spring and, thus, be billed for their J-Term credits.

Q:  If a student has a J-Term course and is registered part-time for Spring, but then adds additional credit hours after the beginning of Spring semester to bring the student to fulltime, will the student be charged for J-Term?

A: No, a student who is a fulltime undergraduate student for Spring semester will not be billed for a J-Term course.  For a student who already paid J-Term tuition prior to switching to full-time in the Spring semester, refunds will be processed in a timely manner.

Q:  If, in November 2015, a student is on financial hold and not able to register for Spring 2016 courses, but is already registered for a 2016 J-Term course, will the student be charged for the J-Term course?

A: Yes. The student will be charged the per-credit hour rate ($665/hour) for the J-Term course. If the hold is removed and the student subsequently registers as a fulltime student for Spring 2016, they will not be charged for up to 3 credits in J-Term.

Q:  What is the charge to a graduate student for a J-Term class?

A:  Graduate students who enroll in classes that are also open to undergraduate students will be billed at the undergraduate rate of $665 per hour for 2015-16. Rates for a class designed exclusively for graduate students not in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be the standard graduate rate for the appropriate unit.

Q:  When will J-Term charges be billed and due?

A:  All J-Term charges, including Room and Board charges, and tuition charges for students who are not registered as full-time undergraduate or pharmacy students in Spring 2016 will be billed in December of 2015.

Q.  Is financial aid available for J-Term?

A.   The Office of Student Financial Planning will work with students individually on cost of attendance issues and will combine J-term and Spring enrollment, as allowed by regulation, to determine eligibility.  Since many students use their maximum eligibility from institutional, federal and state financial aid programs in order to meet fall and spring costs, additional funding for J-term may reside primarily in education loans.  Students should contact the Office of Student Financial Planning to discuss specific financial aid awards. 


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