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J-Term FAQs

Which classes are free?

 BIBL 1999 - Topics in Religion: Christian Worldview

This course is intended to assist the student in the development of Biblical and Theological foundations to understand and interpret a Christian view of reality, a Christian worldview. Attention will be given to worldview analysis, its relationship to learning, application to varied academic disciplines, and various issues in contemporary culture, including major non-Christian worldviews.

GNED 1051 - Success 101

This course supports first year students in the continued transition to college and is mission-centered with a focus on an in-depth orientation to the university community, development of skills necessary for academic success, and facilitation of community within the cohort. The course is designed to help students examine past experiences and refine approach to enhance their overall educational and campus experience

Are first-time freshmen required to take a free course?

No. First-time freshmen may enroll in any J-Term course for which the student is qualified.

Are these free classes limited to first time freshmen and transfer students?

No. Any student can enroll in J-Term classes. The list of free courses are only tuition-free to first-time freshmen. Upperclassmen will be charged J-Term tuition for enrollment in these classes.

Can first-time freshmen students take more than the free courses?

Yes. Students are encouraged to consider up to two classes during J-Term.

Does taking an online course satisfy the requirement to enroll in J-Term?

Yes, online courses may be taken to satisfy the J-Term requirement. Students who wish to live on campus during J-Term must enroll in at least one on-campus course.

How do I know what other classes will be offered during J-Term?

J-Term classes will be posted in Self Service Banner.

Does participation in a GO mission trip satisfy the requirement to enroll in J-Term?


What are the dates for J-Term?

Campus housing will open Monday, January 2. Classes begin Tuesday, January 3. Final examinations are administered on Wednesday, January 25.

How many hours can a student take during J-Term?

Five credit hours is the maximum a student can take without permission from his or her division chair.

What is the cost for J-Term? 

Tuition for J-term is $733 per credit hour. If any student lives in campus housing during the fall and spring semesters, J-term housing is provided at no cost. The cost of J-term attendance for students will be a meal plan, books, and course fees. The 32 Block Meal Plan with $25 Bison Bucks for $335 and 44 Block Meal Plan with $15 Bison Bucks for $415 for students in campus housing. The meal plan (15 meals and $25 Bison Bucks) for those staying in apartments is $195. Three classes are offered tuition-free to first-time freshmen. 

How do I qualify for the housing scholarship? 

Students must live in campus housing during the fall and spring semesters to qualify for the J-term housing scholarship. Charges will appear in Self-Service Banner after enrollment. The housing scholarships will be applied for enrolled students on the first day of classes, Tuesday, January 3. 

When will I be billed for J-Term? 

Charges for J-term enrollment can be viewed on Self-Service Banner after enrollment. Charges are due January 3 and may be rolled into the Spring payment plan on January 10.  Housing scholarships will be applied for enrolled students on Tuesday, January 3. 

What about financial aid?

Student Financial Services (SFS) counselors are available to assist students with financial aid questions. Specific financial aid is not available for J-term. However, each student represents a unique situation. The SFS counselors can guide the student through this process.

What if a student still has a balance due and a hold on his or her account?

The Student Success Center (SSC) works very closely with students during the enrollment period as a part of the recruit back efforts. The SSC identifies the reasons a student has not enrolled for the upcoming semester including financial holds. If a hold is the only reason a student has not enrolled for J-term, SSC will work with the student, Academic Center, SFS, and the Provost to facilitate enrollment in one of the free J-term classes.