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Winter Mini-Term FAQs

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  • Winter Mini-Term allows you the opportunity to catch up or even get ahead of schedule by taking a full 15-week course within a three-week period.

  • The 2022 Winter Mini-Term is January 3-21, 2022.

  • Correct. If you decide not to take advantage of the Winter Mini-Term, your winter break would be from December 10, 2021 to January 23, 2022.

  • A variety of online and in-person academic success services will be available during Winter Mini-Term.
    • The Vol Study Center will offer study sessions and Supplemental Instruction as well as access to study spaces, printing and more.
    • Academic coaches in the Academic Success Center will be available to support you in developing effective study habits, managing your time, and making a plan for success.
    • Vol Success Tips will offer on-demand tips to help you excel inside and outside the classroom with topics on organization, communication, time management and more.


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Tuition and Fees/Financial Aid

  • There is no separate financial aid award for only Winter Mini-Term.
  • You are only able to utilize Financial Aid for Winter Mini-Term so long as you have enough aid allocated for the spring semester to cover the charges for both the Winter Mini-Term and the spring semester.
    • For more information on Winter Mini-Term Financial Aid, click here.

  • You must be enrolled in at least six credit hours (five hours if you are a graduate student) combined across winter and spring to receive most forms of financial aid. For full eligibility requirements, be sure to refer to the regulations set forth by your financial aid’s issuing organization.
    • Pell Grant students can receive partial payment for any enrollment level.

  • It is easy to cancel your winter aid. If you decide not to attend the winter term use your UT email address to email One Stop before the first day of class (January 3) to cancel your winter aid.
    • If you are already enrolled for winter, you must drop all courses in MyUTK prior to the first day of class to avoid charges on your account.

  • Students who already have a bachelor’s degree may qualify for limited types of student loans.
  • Non-degree students who are taking prerequisite courses to be admitted to a degree program at the University of Tennessee may be eligible for student loans, however a Non-Degree Eligibility Appeal (found on the One Stop forms page) is required to determine eligibility.

  • Excess financial aid will be processed and disbursed after the beginning of spring term, which begins the week of January 31, 2022.


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  • The timetable will be available for students to view on September 27, 2021.
  • Registration for Winter Mini-Term will open October 4, 2021.

  • You will be able to take one class during Winter Mini-Term.
    • If you are an Undergraduate student and would like to take more classes, you will need to get permission from your college.
    • If you are a Graduate student and would like to take more than 3 hours (even if the class is a single 4-hour class), you will need to get permission from the Graduate School.

  • If you are an undergraduate student, it is possible to start during Winter Mini-Term, pending academic support.
  • If you are a graduate student, the offer would need to be extended to you by faculty.

  • Final exams will be at the discretion of the course’s instructor. Please refer to the course syllabus to determine if or when final exams will occur.

  • If you finish your academic program during Winter Mini-Term, your degree would be conferred following the spring semester.
    • Upon request, however, the Registrar’s Office can produce a letter stating you have met your degree requirements and that your degree will be conferred following the spring semester.

  • Sections offered during Winter Mini-Term will be study abroad, fully in-person, or fully online.
    • Please refer to the timetable to determine the exact format of your potential course.

  • If you want to take classes somewhere other than UT, please view One Stop’s information about consortium agreements.


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Campus Facilities

  • Four residence halls will be open during Winter Mini-Term: Clement Hall, Laurel Hal, Stokely Hall, and Volunteer Hall. If you are assigned to one of those halls, then you may stay during the break at no additional charge.
    • If you are not assigned to one of those halls and would like to stay during Winter Mini-Term, you will need to permanently relocate into one of those halls (pending space availability) no later than December 1, 2021.
      • Please contact University Housing at or 865-974-2571 for more information.

  • Meal plans will not be available for Winter Mini-Term.
  • Most dining options in the Student Union will remain open during Winter Mini-Term, along with the Hodges Library’s Starbucks, and Ag Campus P.O.D Market.
    • For a full list of open locations and their hours, visit the UTK Dining page.


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Parking and Transportation

  • Yes. The parking requirements that will be in place during Winter Mini-Term will be the same as those in the fall and spring semesters.

  • Transit Services will not be running their routes during the Winter Mini-Term.