This year, you can make the most of winter break by considering whether an intersession class will help propel your academic goals.
To ensure that you have choices, we have created an optional, additional winter session that is included in your spring flat tuition rate. You can take more classes to advance towards your degree or you can take a longer break between semesters. It’s your choice.
As our campus continues to outline what to expect for the 2020–2021 academic year, this page will provide answers to your top questions.
We will update this page as more information becomes available.
INTRODUCING THE WINTER SESSION: NEW CALENDAR. MORE CHOICES. FLAT RATE FRIENDLY.
From December 21 to February 7, we will have a new winter session that is online-only. This session will allow students to begin spring semester and covers 7 calendar weeks (December 21 - February 7) with 6 weeks of instruction.
Winter intersession course offerings will appear in mid-October, along with the spring course offerings.
Courses being offered for the winter session can be found using the Schedule of Classes on the Student Central website. Select "Spring 2021" and then filter by selecting "Winter" in the "Class Section" drop down menu.
There is no seperate calculation for winter. Simply include any winter classes with your spring semester. So long as you are enrolled in 40 hours or fewer for the acaemic year, the flat tuition rate will include any winter classes.
Winter classes are considered part of your spring schedule. If you are already paying the flat tuition rate for the spring, there shouldn't be additional tuition charges for winter unless your combined enrollment is over 18 credit hours. Charges are billed in December and due January 10.
The Combined Mandatory Fee Discount offered for the fall semester will be considered for eligible students. Learn more about eligibility on our website.
Winter session behaves like an early start to the spring semester. Winter classes group adminstratively with your spring classes and may be used to qualify you for aid eligibility. Spring financial aid usually disburses 10 days before the start of the classes. Be sure to connect with Student Central to review any impact of winter classes on your access to financial aid including scholarships, loans, or other awards.
The winter session runs from December 21, 2020 through February 7, 2021. The winter session is 7 calendar weeks with 6 weeks of instruction to allow for a break around the holidays and New Year.
There are a few graduate-level classes offered during the winter. Graduate students may also work independently with their departments to arrange for non-standard offerings outside the major terms. Students who are not part of a flat-rate billing plan should use the Cost Calculator to estimate additional fees.
The winter session is not mandatory. It can be thought of as similar to the summer sessions, which give students an opportunity to take additional courses and earn credits.
For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, IU Bloomington has extended the auto-W deadline for withdrawal from individual courses to the close of business on the last Friday before the scheduled final exam for that course.
Check with your advisor to discuss the implications of a late drop for your academic progress. Connect with Student Central regarding the impacts on financial aid such as failing to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress.
During the extended auto-W deadline, students will continue to receive a grade of W. Review the dates below to determine the application in One.IU you will use to complete your schedule changes.