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2015-2016 Academic Calendar

August 20 Thurs Summer Orientation IV
  21 Fri Students Arrive / Welcome Week Begins
  24 Mon Welcome Week Concludes / Freshman Service Project 
  25 Tue Freshman Convocation / Major Orientation / Faculty Convocation
  26 Wed Day Classes Begin
  27 Thurs Evening Classes Begin
  29 Sat Weekend Classes Begin
September 2 Wed Last Day to Drop/Add Classes
  7 Mon Labor Day - No Day Classes - Evening Classes Held (classes starting after 3:30 pm)
  18 Fri Summer incompletes to Registrar
  25-27 Fri - Sun  Homecoming Weekend
October 15 Thurs Mid-Semester Break begins - No classes held
  19 Mon Mid Semester break ends - Day and Evening Classes Resume
  24 Sat Weekend Classes Resume
  26 Mon Mid-Semester Grades Due
November 9 Mon J-Term and Spring Semester Registration: Seniors
  10 Tue J-Term and Spring Semester Registration: Juniors
  11 Wed J-Term and Spring Semester Registration: Sophomores
  18 Wed J-Term and Spring Semester Registration: Freshmen
  20 Fri Last day to Declare Pass-Fail
  23 Mon Thanksgiving Break Begins
  30 Mon Day and Evening Classes Resume
December 4 Fri Regular Classes End / Last Day to Withdraw from Classes
  5-6 Sat-Sun Weekend Classes Held
  7 Mon Reading Day - No Classes
  8-11 Tues-Fri FINAL EXAMS
  16 Wed Grades Due: 9:00 am
J-TERM 2016
January 6 Wed Day and Evening Classes Begin
  7 Thurs Last Day to Drop/Add Classes
  15 Fri Last day to Declare Pass-Fail
  18 Mon Martin Luther King Day Observed – No Classes Held
  25 Mon Last Day to Withdraw from Classes
  26 Tue Classes End
  29 Fri Grades Due: 9:00 am
February 3 Wed Day Classes Begin
  4 Thurs Evening Classes Begin (classes meeting after 3:30 pm)
  5 Fri Fall Semester Incompletes to Registrar
  6 Sat Weekend Classes Begin
March 21-28 Mon-Mon Mid-Semester Break / Easter Break
      Evening Classes Resume (classes meeting after 3:30 pm)
  29 Tues Day Classes Resume
April 2 Sat Weekend Classes Begin
  8 Fri Mid-semester Grades Due
  21-24 Thurs-Sun Break - No Classes Held
  25 Mon Fall Semester Registration: Juniors
  26 Tue Fall Semester Registration: Sophomores
  27 Wed Fall Semester Registration: Freshmen
  29 Fri Last Day to Declare Pass-Fail
May 13 Fri Day and Evening Classes End / Last Day to Withdraw from Classes
  14-15 Sat-Sun Weekend Classes Held
  16 Mon Reading Day - No Classes
  17-20 Tues-Fri FINAL EXAMS
  25 Wed Grades Due: 9:00 am

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Summer Session

Pre-Summer Session Calendar: May18, 2015 - June11, 2015
Mini-Summer Session Calendar: June30, 2015 - July23, 2015
Regular Summer Session Calendar: June1, 2015 - August6, 2015


About the 4-1-4 Calendar

Q: How many classes am I required to take during a full-time semester?
A: Full-time students must take between 12 and 18 credits per semester, which is flat-rate billing.

Q: How many credits do I need to graduate?
A: Beginning with the Academic Year 2013-2014. incoming students and students who have left the institution for more than one year and who re-apply to the university will be required to complete 121 credits. Current ACTIVE students will be held to the 120 credit requirement.

Q: What is a J-term?
A: J-term (January term) is one month of classes taken Monday through Friday at specified times. All students must take two J-terms, with the exception of current Sophomore and Juniors (students have the option of taking all four years of J-terms, but are only required to take two).

Q: Do adult students have to take the J-term?
A: Adult students are not required to take a J-term during their matriculation. They may be required, however, to attend one or more J-terms if their major department has a course offering that would unavailable at any other time.

Q: Do transfer students have to take the J-term?
A: Transfer students will be required to take at least one J-term during their matriculation. They may be required to take more than one if it is due to a major course offering that would unavailable at any other time.

Q: How are J-terms billed?
A: Students who register for a J-term must also register for Spring term courses, otherwise they will be considered less than part-time and not eligible for financial aid. J-term charges are combined with the Spring term bill, and will be charged flat-rate billing.

Q: If I am a current student, how do I know I will graduate on time with the new semester change?
A: Current students must meet with their Academic Advisor prior to Fall semester 2013 to ensure they are meeting graduation requirements for their degree program. Academic Advisors will assist students to map out the proper courses so there is not a disruption in graduating on time.

Q: How many credits do I need to take if I want to use financial aid?
A: Part-time students must take six credits per semester in order to be eligible to receive Federal student aid; full-time students must take between 12 and 18 credits per semester (not including J-term, see above) for Federal student aid eligibility. Students must be registered full-time to receive Mercyhurst University institutional grants and scholarships.

Q: If I am registered for J-term only and will not be registered for Spring semester, how does that affect my bill and financial aid?
A: You will receive a bill in December for 3 credits and any applicable fees, meals, or housing. The bill is due in January. There is no financial aid or institutional scholarships or grants available for J-term. Therefore, you would be responsible for direct payment. Certain Alternative Loans may be available which you could apply for directly. Most Alternative Loans require a cosigner.

Q: Will the Senior Exemption Policy be available in 2013-14 and beyond?
A: No, there will be no Senior Exemption Policy available in the 2013-14 year or beyond. Undergraduate students must be registered at least 12 hours in any semester to receive Mercyhurst scholarships and grants. Federal and state financial aid may be prorated based on their individual policies. Federal Direct Loans are available to those registered at least half-time (6 credit hours). Alternative Education Loans are available as well, and some lenders allow them for 3 credit hours or for past due balances.

Q: What if my total registered credits exceed 18 credit hours between J-term and Spring semester?
A: Your J-term credits will be billed with your Spring semester. If your total J-term plus Spring semester credits exceed 18 hours, you will receive an added credit charge for each credit over 18. Often times it is referred to as a "credit overload". Special permission is required by Michele Wheaton, Assistant Vice President for Academic Services, to register for more than 18 combined credit hours.

Q: If I register for a summer course in 2013, will I be billed at the current tuition and fee rate, or the new 2013-14 rate?
A: Summer is considered a "header" and is included as the beginning of the new fiscal year. Therefore, 2013-14 tuition and fee rates will apply.

Q: Is there any financial aid available for the summer?
A: Yes, Federal Direct Loans may be available for those registered at least 3 credit hours for the summer. Three credits constitute half-time enrollment for the summer period only. In some cases where the student is graduating at the end of the summer or the following fall semester, Pell and PHEAA grants may be available (if you qualify). A FAFSA form for he upcoming year is required to be on file. For summer 2013, the 2013-14 FAFSA must be on file.

Q: Will I be billed for my room and board during the J-term?
A: There is not a separate bill for room and board during the J-term; room and board is billed strictly for full academic year as a split between the Fall and Spring semesters.

Q: Who do I talk to if I have questions?
A: You may contact Michele Wheaton at (814) 824-2068.