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Winter Mini-Term FAQs

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

The 2024 Winter Mini-Term is January 2-19, 2024.

Yes. If you decide not to take advantage of the Winter Mini-Term, your winter break would be from December 6, 2023 to January 22, 2024.

  • 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

If you would like to learn more about the fees associated with the Winter Mini-Term programs, please check out the options below.

There is no separate financial aid award for only Winter Mini-Term. Your financial aid will reflect a combination of both Winter Mini-Term and Spring semesters and will apply to both term fees on your account.

  • Students are responsible for any remaining account balance after financial aid has been applied.
  • 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.

If order to receive full-time financial aid, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours within your degree program, across both Winter Mini-Term and spring term combined. If you drop Winter Mini-Term or spring classes, you could potentially reduce or lose financial aid.

Canceling your winter aid is simple. If you decide not to attend the winter term, email from your UT email address before the first day of class, January 2, 2024, to cancel your winter aid.

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 start distributing in mid-January.

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The timetable will be available for students to view on September 25, 2023. Registration for Winter Mini-Term will open Monday, October 2, 2023.

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

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, 2023.

  • 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.