What you need to know

Registration

Starting with July’s Open Registration period, students will be able to register for both, or either, eight-week session within one semester. This means that you can register for your classes in both the Early Fall 8-Week Session and the Late Fall 8-Week Session at the same time. 

Each academic year starting with 2016-2017, Columbia College will have three registration periods: fall, spring, and summer. During each of these registration periods, students will be able to register for both, or either, eight-week session within the upcoming semester. 

For the Early 8-Week Sessions of each semester: 

  • Students will be able to add classes until Wednesday of week one (the first week of classes). 
  • Students will be able to drop classes until Monday of week two (the second week of classes).
For the Late 8-Week Sessions of each semester:
  • Students will be able to add classes until Wednesday of week one (the first week of classes).
  • Students will be able to drop classes until Monday of week two (the second week of classes).

Students registered for both eight-week sessions will be able to add or drop classes until the add/drop period ends. For example, a student registered for six credit hours in the early eight-week session and three credit hours in the late eight-week session may decide to take an additional three credit hours in the late session. This student would have the option to add those additional three credit hours during the add/drop period for the late eight-week session.

Important Notes: 
  • The time period allowed to make payments after registering through CougarTrack will be extended from fifteen minutes to one hour.
  • Financial Aid will be calculated based on the full-time/part-time status as determined by the total courses a student is registered in for the semester. Please read more about financial aid below.

Additional information is available on the FAQs.  


Payments

  1. At the time of registration, half-down payment will be required for the early eight-week session’s courses. No payment will be due for the late eight-week session’s courses at this time.
  2. The second half of the payment is due the Friday of week four. The balance for early 8-week session must be paid in full before the late 8-week session starts.
  3. The first half-down payment for the late eight-week session is due Monday of week one.
  4.  The second half of the payment is due the Friday of week four. 

Please review the FAQs for additional information.


Financial Aid

Beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, financial aid will be awarded on a standard academic year basis.  This means that the two eight week sessions will be combined into a semester for financial aid purposes and two semesters equal a standard academic year.  

Please be aware:  Eligibility for federal aid will be based on enrollment status for both eight-week sessions within one semester. For eight week courses, students who are not registered for both sessions may not meet the federal enrollment requirements to receive federal aid.  

Enrollment status is measured over the fall, spring, and summer semesters including all credits for that period of time regardless of whether they are a sixteen-week course or an eight-week course. Students are now able to register for courses at the beginning of the semester for both eight week sessions that are included in that semester. The following chart defines enrollment status for a semester for undergraduate students:

Undergraduate Requirements for Enrollment Status: 


Students are eligible for Pell Grant (depending on the results of their FAFSA) in any of the enrollment statuses listed above.

Students are eligible for Direct Loans if enrolled at least half-time (at least six credit hours) for a semester.

Disbursement:  Two disbursements of federal aid for the semester will occur as follows: 

Direct Loan – semester amount will be divided in half.  Enrollment is required at time of disbursement. 

Pell Grant – 1st eight week module enrollment and 2nd eight week module enrollment (up to full-time amount)

New:  A student’s eligibility must be evaluated and Pell recalculated for the last class in which the student enrolls (and attends).  Eligibility is determined by courses for which the student is still enrolled.  Drops and withdrawals do not count toward enrollment.

Example:  Student enrolls in six credit hours for the Early Fall 8-Week Session and withdraws from three of those credits. Student also enrolls in six credits for the Late Fall 8-Week Session. Student’s Pell Grant is adjusted to nine credit hours of eligibility. 

Please be sure to look at the FAQs for additional information.